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The Kansas City metro has emerged from stay-at-home orders and local leaders have started to reopen businesses after weeks of shutdown from the coronavirus. What you need to know:The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Monday the state has 10,170 cases confirmed cases of COVID-19 and there have been 222 deaths since the outbreak started. Kansas is now only updating COVID-19 data on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Wednesday 786 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in the state and there are 13,767 confirmed cases since the outbreak started.WEDNESDAY5 p.m. — Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna said Wednesday that the agency has delayed about $360 million worth of road and bridge projects because of a downturn in fuel tax revenues and licensing fees caused by coronavirus closures and stay-at-home orders.3:45 p.m. — Art Westport’s annual art show planned for September 11-13 has been canceled for this year because of the pandemic. Organizers have announced September 10-12, 2021 for the next Art Westport.3:15 p.m. — A Topeka, Kansas food plant is shutting down after several workers tested positive for the coronavirus. KSNT-TV reported the Reser’s Fine Foods plant closed Wednesday. It will remain closed for two weeks while all employees get tested. The plant makes prepared entrees and side dishes. Reser’s didn’t specify how many employees have tested positive so far. KSNW-TV reports that Sedgwick County is offering coronavirus testing to 1,600 random residents next week. Residents who get a call from the health department will be offered testing regardless of whether they have symptoms of COVID-19. The goal is to track the virus’ spread.2:41 p.m. — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 192 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 13,767 since the outbreak began. There have been 786 deaths across Missouri from COVID-19, which is up three from Tuesday. READ MORE1:45 p.m. — St. Louis County Executive Sam Page on Wednesday asked protesters who didn’t wear masks or socially distance themselves during protests over the death of George Floyd to quarantine. Page said he’s concerned days of protests over Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody might reverse progress made in the county to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.The county has confirmed more than 400 deaths and 6,000 cases of COVID-19. Page said the county is making progress and is now able to test more than 1,000 people a day and with a positive test result rate reduced to 4.2%. “The unrest could, unfortunately, result in a bump in these numbers,” Page said. “That’s why I’m asking everyone who’s participated in a march or protest to quarantine themselves for two weeks unless they were able to wear a mask or to be socially distance from others.”1:30 p.m. — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported an increase of 169 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its first update since Monday pushing the statewide total to 10,170 since the outbreak started. KDHE officials said the death total climbed by five to 222 on Wednesday. READ MORE11:15 a.m. — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled Legislature are working on a compromise to give lawmakers oversight of the state’s coronavirus response. READ MORE9:30 a.m.– The state of Kansas doesn’t officially release the number of people that have recovered from COVID-19, but local county health departments across the state have been posting updates in their counties. Local health officials report 4,590 recoveries in Kansas with 489 reported in Wyandotte County, 1,006 in Leavenworth County and 531 in Johnson County.8 a.m. — Wyandotte County is reporting 1,376 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started with 21 patients currently hospitalized. The county said 74 people have died from the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak and 489 people are presumed recovered. The 66102 ZIP code is the most impacted area of the county with 356 cases, followed by the 66104 ZIP code with 250 and 66109 with 180.7 a.m. — Johnson County reported Wednesday morning 863 positive cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started. The county said it has 531 presumed recoveries. It also has tested 21,093 people with 20,230 negative tests for an overall positive test rate of 4.1%. The county said it has tested 35.0 people per 1,000 in the county. Johnson County said it continues to monitor nine outbreaks at long-term care facilities, but it did indicate Villa St. Francis has only gone one day since onset of a new outbreak and 45 people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus and one person has died.TUESDAY6 p.m. — The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department reports a cluster outbreak of COVID-19 at the Aspen Paper Products plant. Authorities say 200 people have tested positive for the virus. READ MORE.5 p.m. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is no longer shielding renters and homeowners who are financially strapped because of the coronavirus pandemic from being evicted or having lenders foreclose on their mortgages. Kelly allowed an executive order banning new evictions and foreclosures to expire May 26. The Wichita Eagle reports that her office confirmed Monday that the executive order no longer was in place. Renters’ advocates warned that unemployment benefits and one-time federal stimulus checks won’t be enough to keep people in their homes. Landlords and apartment owners said evictions are likely weeks away and that they’re willing to work with tenants who’ve fallen behind.2:05 p.m. — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 249 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 13,575 since the outbreak began. There have been 783 deaths across Missouri from COVID-19, which is up 10 from Monday.READ MORE10:15 a.m. — The Kansas City Health Department said all appointments for COVID-19 tests this week are full. The health department recommends checking back on its website for updates on next week’s testing dates and locations. You can go to that website by clicking this link.10 a.m. — The state of Kansas doesn’t officially release the number of people that have recovered from COVID-19, but local county health departments across the state have been posting updates in their counties. Local health officials report 4,527 recoveries in Kansas with 465 reported in Wyandotte County, 1,006 in Leavenworth County and 513 in Johnson County.8 a.m. — Wyandotte County is reporting 1,359 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started with 22 patients currently hospitalized. The county said 74 people have died from the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak and 465 people are presumed recovered. The 66102 ZIP code is the most impacted area of the county with 353 cases, followed by the 66104 ZIP code with 248 and 66109 with 180.7 a.m. — Johnson County reported Monday morning 857 positive cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started. The county said it has 513 presumed recoveries. It also has tested 20,282 people with 19,425 negative tests for an overall positive test rate of 4.2%. The county said it has tested 33.7 people per 1,000 in the county. Johnson County said it continues to monitor nine outbreaks at long-term care facilities, but it did indicate Villa St. Francis has only gone one day since onset of a new outbreak and 45 people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus.[ CLICK HERE FOR MAPS OF COVID-19 CASES BY COUNTY IN KANSAS & MISSOURI ][ TRACKING COVID-19 CURVE OF CASES, DEATHS IN KANSAS & MISSOURI ]MONDAY5:30 p.m. — Missouri’s governor on Monday cut another $209 million from this year’s budget, including deep cuts in education, following a steep drop in revenues because of the coronavirus. Gov. Mike Parson’s cuts included $123 million in core funding from public K-12 schools, $34 million from four-year public colleges and $6.8 million from community colleges. READ MORE2:15 p.m.–The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported an increase of 292 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its first update since Friday, pushing the statewide total to 10,001 since the outbreak started. READ MORE2 p.m. — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports 1,219 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kansas City, Missouri, and 613 cases in eastern Jackson County. Health officials said there have been 26 deaths in Kansas City, and Jackson County reports 19 total. READ MORE1:49 p.m. — Missouri reported 64 deaths in a two-day period Friday and Saturday, but just one on Sunday. The number of confirmed cases on Sunday rose by 185 to 13,147.The new cases include 70 soldiers and trainees at Fort Leonard Wood, fort officials said Sunday. The affected individuals were all assigned to the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, and have been quarantined. Buildings and facilities within the unit have been sanitized.Noon — Casinos are beginning to reopen in Missouri after a more than two-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus, and it was clear Monday that many people were eager to gamble.Nearly 100 people lined up awaiting the 9 a.m. reopening of Lumiere Place casino in downtown St. Louis, including many older adults, most wearing masks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. According to state health department data, 579 of the 772 people in Missouri who have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, were age 70 or older.Darryl Foster, 54, told the newspaper he wasn’t worried about the virus.“I look at it like it is what it is,” Foster, of St. Louis, said. “If it’s gonna get you, it’s gonna get you.”In the Kansas City area, gambling was resuming at Ameristar, Argosy, Isle of Capri and Harrah’s, after the statewide order suspending operations expired. The Kansas City Star reported that several casinos would operate at a limited capacity and some amenities such as live entertainment and buffets would remain closed.Mike Leara, chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission, told the Star that the state’s 13 casinos and the commission reached agreement calling for enhanced cleaning, closing down every other slot machine, requiring masks for employees and other measures. The commission had suspended the casino licenses March 17 as the coronavirus began to spread.“One of the toughest parts of this decision was putting 9,000 people out of work,” Leara said.11:15 a.m. — Two students are suing the University of Kansas for refunds they believe they should have received after classes were moved online and activities were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Universities across the country are facing similar lawsuits after they sent students home in March.Two females from Johnson County, who are not named, filed the lawsuit on May 18. They contend the university is keeping money students should have received – by refusing to refund the cost of campus fees for the time after students left campus and by issuing credits for on-campus dining packages instead of refunds, The Lawrence Journal-World reported.The lawsuit leaves open the possibility of become a class-action for all 26,000 university students but it’s unclear if other plaintiffs have signed on to the case.Kansas spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said the university was aware of the lawsuit but would refrain from commenting “until the appropriate time.”The university has provided refunds in several areas, such as parking, housing and dining, Barcomb-Peterson said.11 a.m. — Platte County also moved into its next phase on Monday. Businesses with less than 10,000 square feet of space must operate at 25%. That cap is 10% if the business is more than 10,000 square feet. Childcare centers can now have up to 20 children at a time – and sports teams can start competing. Social distancing is still encouraged.10 a.m. — The state of Kansas doesn’t officially release the number of people that have recovered from COVID-19, but local county health departments across the state have been posting updates in their counties. Local health officials report 4,409 recoveries in Kansas with 464 reported in Wyandotte County, 1,002 in Leavenworth County and 507 in Johnson County.8 a.m. — Wyandotte County is reporting 1,347 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started with 22 patients currently hospitalized. The county said 74 people have died from the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak and 464 people are presumed recovered. The 66102 ZIP code is the most impacted area of the county with 352 cases, followed by the 66104 ZIP code with 248 and 66109 with 180.7 a.m. — Johnson County reported Monday morning 844 positive cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started. The county said it has 507 presumed recoveries. It also has tested 19,004 people with 18,161 negative tests for an overall positive test rate of 4.5%. The county said it has tested 31.5 people per 1,000 in the county. Johnson County said it continues to monitor nine outbreaks at long-term care facilities.6 a.m. — Jackson County, Missouri, is moving to phase 2 of its COVID-19 reopening plan. Gatherings of up to 50 people will now be allowed. Retail businesses must limit capacity to 25% or 10% based on square footage until June 15.Non-essential businesses and places of worship can allow up to half a building’s capacity. Community centers, swimming pools, theaters and college campuses can reopen. Youth sports and overnight summer camps can also begin.Social distancing must be enforced.Fairs, parades, and playground equipment remain closed.The Associated Press contributed to this story.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —

The Kansas City metro has emerged from stay-at-home orders and local leaders have started to reopen businesses after weeks of shutdown from the coronavirus.

What you need to know:

  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Monday the state has 10,170 cases confirmed cases of COVID-19 and there have been 222 deaths since the outbreak started. Kansas is now only updating COVID-19 data on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Wednesday 786 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in the state and there are 13,767 confirmed cases since the outbreak started.

WEDNESDAY
5 p.m.Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna said Wednesday that the agency has delayed about $360 million worth of road and bridge projects because of a downturn in fuel tax revenues and licensing fees caused by coronavirus closures and stay-at-home orders.

3:45 p.m. — Art Westport’s annual art show planned for September 11-13 has been canceled for this year because of the pandemic. Organizers have announced September 10-12, 2021 for the next Art Westport.

3:15 p.m. — A Topeka, Kansas food plant is shutting down after several workers tested positive for the coronavirus.

KSNT-TV reported the Reser’s Fine Foods plant closed Wednesday.

It will remain closed for two weeks while all employees get tested. The plant makes prepared entrees and side dishes.

Reser’s didn’t specify how many employees have tested positive so far.

KSNW-TV reports that Sedgwick County is offering coronavirus testing to 1,600 random residents next week. Residents who get a call from the health department will be offered testing regardless of whether they have symptoms of COVID-19. The goal is to track the virus’ spread.

2:41 p.m. — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 192 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 13,767 since the outbreak began. There have been 786 deaths across Missouri from COVID-19, which is up three from Tuesday. READ MORE

1:45 p.m.St. Louis County Executive Sam Page on Wednesday asked protesters who didn’t wear masks or socially distance themselves during protests over the death of George Floyd to quarantine. Page said he’s concerned days of protests over Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody might reverse progress made in the county to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The county has confirmed more than 400 deaths and 6,000 cases of COVID-19. Page said the county is making progress and is now able to test more than 1,000 people a day and with a positive test result rate reduced to 4.2%.

“The unrest could, unfortunately, result in a bump in these numbers,” Page said. “That’s why I’m asking everyone who’s participated in a march or protest to quarantine themselves for two weeks unless they were able to wear a mask or to be socially distance from others.”

1:30 p.m.The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported an increase of 169 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its first update since Monday pushing the statewide total to 10,170 since the outbreak started. KDHE officials said the death total climbed by five to 222 on Wednesday. READ MORE

11:15 a.m.Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled Legislature are working on a compromise to give lawmakers oversight of the state’s coronavirus response. READ MORE

9:30 a.m.— The state of Kansas doesn’t officially release the number of people that have recovered from COVID-19, but local county health departments across the state have been posting updates in their counties. Local health officials report 4,590 recoveries in Kansas with 489 reported in Wyandotte County, 1,006 in Leavenworth County and 531 in Johnson County.

8 a.m. — Wyandotte County is reporting 1,376 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started with 21 patients currently hospitalized. The county said 74 people have died from the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak and 489 people are presumed recovered. The 66102 ZIP code is the most impacted area of the county with 356 cases, followed by the 66104 ZIP code with 250 and 66109 with 180.

7 a.m. — Johnson County reported Wednesday morning 863 positive cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started. The county said it has 531 presumed recoveries. It also has tested 21,093 people with 20,230 negative tests for an overall positive test rate of 4.1%. The county said it has tested 35.0 people per 1,000 in the county.

Johnson County said it continues to monitor nine outbreaks at long-term care facilities, but it did indicate Villa St. Francis has only gone one day since onset of a new outbreak and 45 people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus and one person has died.

TUESDAY
6 p.m. — The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department reports a cluster outbreak of COVID-19 at the Aspen Paper Products plant. Authorities say 200 people have tested positive for the virus. READ MORE.

5 p.m. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is no longer shielding renters and homeowners who are financially strapped because of the coronavirus pandemic from being evicted or having lenders foreclose on their mortgages.

Kelly allowed an executive order banning new evictions and foreclosures to expire May 26.

The Wichita Eagle reports that her office confirmed Monday that the executive order no longer was in place.

Renters’ advocates warned that unemployment benefits and one-time federal stimulus checks won’t be enough to keep people in their homes. Landlords and apartment owners said evictions are likely weeks away and that they’re willing to work with tenants who’ve fallen behind.

2:05 p.m. — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 249 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 13,575 since the outbreak began. There have been 783 deaths across Missouri from COVID-19, which is up 10 from Monday.READ MORE

10:15 a.m. — The Kansas City Health Department said all appointments for COVID-19 tests this week are full. The health department recommends checking back on its website for updates on next week’s testing dates and locations. You can go to that website by clicking this link.

10 a.m. — The state of Kansas doesn’t officially release the number of people that have recovered from COVID-19, but local county health departments across the state have been posting updates in their counties. Local health officials report 4,527 recoveries in Kansas with 465 reported in Wyandotte County, 1,006 in Leavenworth County and 513 in Johnson County.

8 a.m. — Wyandotte County is reporting 1,359 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started with 22 patients currently hospitalized. The county said 74 people have died from the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak and 465 people are presumed recovered. The 66102 ZIP code is the most impacted area of the county with 353 cases, followed by the 66104 ZIP code with 248 and 66109 with 180.

7 a.m. — Johnson County reported Monday morning 857 positive cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started. The county said it has 513 presumed recoveries. It also has tested 20,282 people with 19,425 negative tests for an overall positive test rate of 4.2%. The county said it has tested 33.7 people per 1,000 in the county.

Johnson County said it continues to monitor nine outbreaks at long-term care facilities, but it did indicate Villa St. Francis has only gone one day since onset of a new outbreak and 45 people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus.


[ CLICK HERE FOR MAPS OF COVID-19 CASES BY COUNTY IN KANSAS & MISSOURI ]

[ TRACKING COVID-19 CURVE OF CASES, DEATHS IN KANSAS & MISSOURI ]


MONDAY
5:30 p.m. — Missouri’s governor on Monday cut another $209 million from this year’s budget, including deep cuts in education, following a steep drop in revenues because of the coronavirus.

Gov. Mike Parson’s cuts included $123 million in core funding from public K-12 schools, $34 million from four-year public colleges and $6.8 million from community colleges. READ MORE

2:15 p.m.–The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported an increase of 292 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its first update since Friday, pushing the statewide total to 10,001 since the outbreak started. READ MORE

2 p.m. — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports 1,219 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kansas City, Missouri, and 613 cases in eastern Jackson County. Health officials said there have been 26 deaths in Kansas City, and Jackson County reports 19 total. READ MORE

1:49 p.m. — Missouri reported 64 deaths in a two-day period Friday and Saturday, but just one on Sunday. The number of confirmed cases on Sunday rose by 185 to 13,147.

The new cases include 70 soldiers and trainees at Fort Leonard Wood, fort officials said Sunday. The affected individuals were all assigned to the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, and have been quarantined. Buildings and facilities within the unit have been sanitized.

Noon — Casinos are beginning to reopen in Missouri after a more than two-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus, and it was clear Monday that many people were eager to gamble.

Nearly 100 people lined up awaiting the 9 a.m. reopening of Lumiere Place casino in downtown St. Louis, including many older adults, most wearing masks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. According to state health department data, 579 of the 772 people in Missouri who have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, were age 70 or older.

Darryl Foster, 54, told the newspaper he wasn’t worried about the virus.

“I look at it like it is what it is,” Foster, of St. Louis, said. “If it’s gonna get you, it’s gonna get you.”

In the Kansas City area, gambling was resuming at Ameristar, Argosy, Isle of Capri and Harrah’s, after the statewide order suspending operations expired. The Kansas City Star reported that several casinos would operate at a limited capacity and some amenities such as live entertainment and buffets would remain closed.

Mike Leara, chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission, told the Star that the state’s 13 casinos and the commission reached agreement calling for enhanced cleaning, closing down every other slot machine, requiring masks for employees and other measures. The commission had suspended the casino licenses March 17 as the coronavirus began to spread.

“One of the toughest parts of this decision was putting 9,000 people out of work,” Leara said.

11:15 a.m. — Two students are suing the University of Kansas for refunds they believe they should have received after classes were moved online and activities were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Universities across the country are facing similar lawsuits after they sent students home in March.

Two females from Johnson County, who are not named, filed the lawsuit on May 18. They contend the university is keeping money students should have received – by refusing to refund the cost of campus fees for the time after students left campus and by issuing credits for on-campus dining packages instead of refunds, The Lawrence Journal-World reported.

The lawsuit leaves open the possibility of become a class-action for all 26,000 university students but it’s unclear if other plaintiffs have signed on to the case.

Kansas spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said the university was aware of the lawsuit but would refrain from commenting “until the appropriate time.”

The university has provided refunds in several areas, such as parking, housing and dining, Barcomb-Peterson said.

11 a.m. — Platte County also moved into its next phase on Monday. Businesses with less than 10,000 square feet of space must operate at 25%. That cap is 10% if the business is more than 10,000 square feet. Childcare centers can now have up to 20 children at a time – and sports teams can start competing. Social distancing is still encouraged.

10 a.m. — The state of Kansas doesn’t officially release the number of people that have recovered from COVID-19, but local county health departments across the state have been posting updates in their counties. Local health officials report 4,409 recoveries in Kansas with 464 reported in Wyandotte County, 1,002 in Leavenworth County and 507 in Johnson County.

8 a.m. — Wyandotte County is reporting 1,347 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started with 22 patients currently hospitalized. The county said 74 people have died from the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak and 464 people are presumed recovered. The 66102 ZIP code is the most impacted area of the county with 352 cases, followed by the 66104 ZIP code with 248 and 66109 with 180.

7 a.m. — Johnson County reported Monday morning 844 positive cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started. The county said it has 507 presumed recoveries. It also has tested 19,004 people with 18,161 negative tests for an overall positive test rate of 4.5%. The county said it has tested 31.5 people per 1,000 in the county. Johnson County said it continues to monitor nine outbreaks at long-term care facilities.

6 a.m. — Jackson County, Missouri, is moving to phase 2 of its COVID-19 reopening plan. Gatherings of up to 50 people will now be allowed. Retail businesses must limit capacity to 25% or 10% based on square footage until June 15.

Non-essential businesses and places of worship can allow up to half a building’s capacity. Community centers, swimming pools, theaters and college campuses can reopen. Youth sports and overnight summer camps can also begin.

Social distancing must be enforced.

Fairs, parades, and playground equipment remain closed.


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Associated Press contributed to this story.

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