A quick roundup on more COVID news threatening this town for the holidays.

In this TKC collection we check note ongoing legal battles, worsening numbers and local adaptation.

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Red State Lesson In COVID Political Push Back

Missouri, Kansas attorney generals join 24-state lawsuit against Head Start mask, vaccine mandates

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Both the Kansas and Missouri attorney generals have signed onto a 24-state lawsuit against the federal vaccine mandate for Head Start programs. The petition, spearheaded by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, is in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana to block the U.S.

Meth Town Tested By Plague

Independence hosts COVID-19 testing clinic amid rise of cases

COVID-19 testing is once again in high demand."It does feel like we're back to where we were last winter," said Christina Heinen, health director at Independence Health Department. At Independence's testing clinic, around 200 PCR tests are being distributed. "Because there's more cases, because there's more exposure, it's incredibly important right now to get tested," said Heinen.

Show-Me COVID Double Down

'It's a catch-22' Missouri school districts could lose out on major bond savings if they don't sign Treasurer's letter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - From a Central Missouri courtroom to the ledgers of school districts, one ruling from a judge has put districts into what some call a catch-22. , a Cole County judge ruled public health orders related to COVID-19 are invalid.

Rock Chalk COVID Time Out

Kansas Men's Basketball game vs Colorado canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

Tuesday night's non-conference matchup between Kansas and Colorado men's basketball has been canceled following "COVID-19 issues within the Colorado men's basketball program." Due to potential COVID-19 issues within the Colorado men's basketball program, the teams have mutually agreed to cancel tonight's game.

Show-Me New Rules Paused

Court order stops vaccine mandate for federal contractors in Missouri, for now

by: Heidi Schmidt Posted: / Updated: JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The federal vaccine mandate will not be enforced in Missouri. At least not yet. Missouri's Attorney General's Office announced Monday afternoon that it received a court order blocking the federal vaccine mandate from being enforced in the state.

Dress Code Dropped In Metro

Park Hill School District will no longer enforce mask-wearing, starting in January

In a newsletter sent to families on Tuesday evening, the Park Hill South School District announced several major changes to their COVID-19 protocols. All the changes will take effect in January of 2022. The district will no longer enforce mask-wearing starting in January.

Kansas City COVID Scorecard

COVID-19 mapping tool helps health department visualize effect on age groups

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City area hospital and public health leaders say they're significantly concerned about the state of the pandemic heading into the holiday weekend. At the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department, a COVID-19 mapping tool helps visualize how the virus has moved through different age populations in Kansas City since the pandemic started.

White House COVID FAIL?!?

Reporters ask Biden if testing shortage is a failure for the administration

President Biden addressed the American people Tuesday on the recent surge of COVID-19 cases due to the new omicron variant. During his speech, Biden described plans to purchase and distribute approximately 500 million COVID-19 tests amidst large shortages throughout the country. MSNBC HOST PRESSES FAUCI ON LACK OF COVID TESTS: 'ISN'T THE ADMINISTRATION BEHIND THE CURVE?'

Circle Back To Hypocrisy

Psaki regrets flip remark that became Biden home COVID test policy

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted regret for a dismissive response she gave on sending at-home test kits to all Americans - the snide crack coming two weeks before President Biden offered up that very solution.

Snail Mail Solution

Biden to announce plan for free at-home tests as he assures vaccinated Americans they don't need to cancel holiday plans

President Joe Biden will announce Tuesday a purchase of a half-billion at-home rapid Covid-19 tests and a plan to distribute them free to Americans who request them through a website, one of a series of new steps he'll unveil as the country faces a potentially crippling wintertime surge of infections.

Troops Fight Plauge

U.S. will deploy troops to help hospitals during omicron wave, distribute free Covid tests starting in January

The White House will deploy 1,000 military medical personnel to support hospitals facing a surge of patients infected with Covid this winter, and will purchase 500 million at-home tests that Americans can order online for free with delivery beginning in January, according to senior administration officials.

COVID Kills Santa?!?

The surge in COVID-19 cases has people suddenly changing holiday plans

After missing out on holiday gatherings last year, many people had been planning for months to celebrate Christmas with loved ones. Now, with the surge of COVID-19 cases, some are canceling those plans just days away from the holiday.The new coronavirus strain omicron is contributing to the rise in cases and has become the dominant strain of the virus in the U.S., according to data posted Monday by the U.S.

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