Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Nov. 17

Posted at 10:27 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 11:27:35-05

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University of Kansas Health System daily briefing

University of Kansas Health System officials said they currently have 84 patients with active COVID-19 cases. Of those, 31 are in the ICU and 12 are on ventilators. There are another 32 patients in COVID-19 recovery and two of those are on ventilators.

The KU team was joined by Dr. Lee Norman from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Phil Griffin with the KDHE Bureau of Disease and Prevention. They talked about hospital capacity and plans for a vaccine rollout across Kansas.

Staley students to learn virtually Tuesday, Wednesday due to spike in COVID-19 cases

For the second week in a row, Staley High School in the North Kansas City School District will switch to virtual learning for two days this week.

The school cited a continued rise in COVID-19 cases within the building, causing them to go virtual Tuesday and Wednesday. Last week, the school closed Thursday and Friday for cleaning.

Kansas State University cancels fall commencement

Kansas State University announced that fall commencement ceremonies will be canceled due to continued COVID-19 spread. Commencement for all campuses was scheduled for Nov. 20-22.

Kansas City area officials announce new COVID-19 restrictions

On Monday, Wyandotte County, Jackson County and Kansas City, Missouri, announced new COVID-19 restrictions. The restrictions limit building capacities to 50 percent or less and set deadlines for when bars and restaurants have to close at night.

Business owners are once again having to pivot to follow guidelines and try to stay open during the pandemic.

COVID-19 outbreak at nursing facility kills 20, inspection reports show no deficiencies

COVID-19 has killed 20 residents at the John Knox Village nursing facility in Lee's Summit. The facility has 253 beds, and 156 residents and staff have tested positive for the virus. Inspection reports show the facility follows all COVID-19 regulations and officials are unsure how the outbreak began.

Westport Ale House temporarily closes (again) amid COVID-19 pandemic

Westport Ale House will temporarily close its doors in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They said they are hoping to help prevent further community spread of the virus with the closure.

Lee’s Summit school leaders plan special board meeting

The Lee’s Summit School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting Tuesday to determine what, if any, changes need to be made to student learning modes as COVID-19 cases increase.

SMSD secondary students to move to remote learning as COVID-19 cases rise

Secondary students in the Shawnee Mission School District will move to remote learning on Nov. 30, the district said in a letter to families Monday. The change comes as COVID-19 cases rise rapidly in the area.

USD 232 will transition middle, high school students to remote learning

Middle and high school students in Unified School District 232 will transition to remote learning beginning Nov. 30 in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Some students in Tonganoxie, Eudora schools return to remote

Two more school districts on the Kansas side announced Monday they plan to move to remote learning. Both Eudora students and Tonganoxie high school students will go remote on Tuesday due to COVID-19.

Liberty High School shuts down 1 classroom due to COVID-19 exposure

Liberty High School closed down a single classroom after possible multiple COVID-19 exposures. The closure only affects the one classroom and the group of students who were in that room the entire day.

The US has reported at least 100K new cases of COVID-19 every day for the last 2 weeks

The U.S. has now reported at least 100,000 new COVID-19 cases every day for the past two weeks, with 166,000 reported Monday.

Dow closes at a record high as hopes build for a vaccine

The Dow Jones closed at 29,950 Monday, topping the previous record set back in February and signaling hope in the recent news of successful vaccine trials.

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