Kansas City region's death toll from COVID-19 tops 1,000

Coronavirus COVID-19
Posted at 10:07 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 23:15:50-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 1,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the seven-county Kansas City area since the start of the pandemic.

State and local departments across Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in Kansas along with Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri reported a record 2,413 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

State and local health departments — including the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department — also confirmed an additional 25 deaths, bringing the aggregate death for the region to 1,013 people since the start of the pandemic.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 84 deaths Friday, which is the most for a single day in state history, while state and local health departments in Missouri reported an additional 99 deaths.

That pushed Kansas to a record 154 reported deaths for the week, while there were 254 deaths reported in Missouri.

According to the 41 Action News Daily COVID-19 Tracker, there have been 3,778 deaths in Missouri and 1,410 deaths in Kansas attributed to the virus.

And the spread shows no signs of slowing down.

Kansas has reported a record number of new cases for eight consecutive weeks. There had never been more than 4,395 cases reported in the state in any week through the end of August.

There were 19,408 new cases reported from Nov. 14-20.

The Kansas City region (9,660), Missouri (33,809) and the U.S. (1,172,313) also reported a record number of new cases for the fourth consecutive week.

The U.S. has now topped 1 million new cases for two consecutive weeks, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard. There have now been nearly 12 million confirmed cases across the country and more than 254,000 deaths.

Nationally, more than 10,000 people died from COVID-19 since last Friday, marking the the first time since May 9-15 that the weekly death toll reached five figures.

Missouri has contributed at least 214 deaths to that tally each of the last four weeks, including the 254 reported since last Friday.