KC area, Kansas surpass October record for COVID-19 cases during 1st 10 days of November

Posted at 5:44 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 06:44:42-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The seven-county Kansas City region has reported more COVID-19 cases in the first 10 days of November than in the entire month of October, which was a record-setting month for the pandemic in the region, according to the 41 Action News Daily COVID-19 Tracker.

The Kansas City region reported a then-record 14,408 COVID-19 cases in October. There have already been 14,898 so far in November.

The record-setting numbers come as some school districts in the region have chosen to move forward with winter sports, while others are revisiting gating criteria for allowing students to continue or return to in-person learning.

The seven-day average for new cases, according to 41 Action News data, surpassed 1,000 new cases per day for the first time.

Kansas is in a similar situation, reporting 25,851 cases in October and 29,143 already in the first 10 days of November. Both set records for the most COVID-19 cases in a single month in the Sunflower State.

Missouri hasn't broken the record it set for new cases in October yet (59,737), but there have been 59,714 so far in November.

There were single-day records for new cases (6,559) and deaths (119) in Missouri reported on Tuesday, shattering the previous records for new cases of 5,312 was set last Friday and the highest number of deaths on a single day was 93 on Oct. 24.

Kansas City-area health leaders also have warned that if the COVID-19 positivity rate continues at its current rate, hospitals will be overwhelmed.

As cases continue to increase, the Missouri Hospital Association announced on Tuesday that more than 2,000 of the state’s COVID-19 patients currently are hospitalized.