Live blog: RideKC confirms bus operator tested positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 5:49 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 22:56:39-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, continues to spread across the world, and in Missouri and Kansas.

41 Action News is keeping track of all closings and cancellations, as well as tracking where positive coronavirus cases are located.

We are also keeping track of which metro jurisdictions are under stay at home orders for the foreseeable future, only allowing for essential business and activities.

We've also compiled a detailed list of school district meal service options while schools are closed.

If you are a business finding unique ways to serve our community, check our KC Open for Business Facebook group to share your ideas.

Updates on the spread of the virus and how it is affecting the metro can be found below for April 7.

9:53 p.m. | A RideKC bus operator has tested positive for coronavirus, according to RideKC. Officials made the announcement on Twitter shortly after posting that a confirmed case was associated with one of its buses.

8:10 p.m. | Nick and Jake's on Main Street has closed permanently, according to a post on that location's Facebook page.

"Recover over the next six months will be slow," the post stated, "and in order to survive and stay healthy, we felt it was best to close. Please know, we are doing everythign in our power to keep navigating through these unknown waters."

7:30 p.m. | A COVID-19 case is associated with a RideKC bus. In a tweet posted Tuesday night, RideKC said it "confirmed a positive test result of COVID-19 involving the 104 bus on April 1."

"It is recommended that anyone who rode 104 on Wednesday, April 1, monitor themselves for possible symptoms and contact their healthcare provider," RideKC said.

7:15 p.m. | According to updated information from local health departments, Wyandotte County in Kansas now has 200 confirmed COVID-19 cases and Missouri has reached 3,200 positives with 85 deaths in the state.

6:09 p.m. | The Independence School District is making hundreds of cloth face masks for district employees in an effort to stay in line with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Even with classes canceled, many district employees continue to work making meals, providing nursing services and child care for those who need it, and overseeing virtual lessons.

5:15 p.m. | The Kansas City Zoo has rescheduled its annual Jazzoo event from June to Friday, Aug. 28. Tickets will continue to be honored for the new date.

5 p.m. | The Overland Park Farmers' Market, which was set to open on Saturday, will remain closed until further notice.

4:55 p.m. | The Kansas City, Missouri, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #99 says it has purchased 150,000 masks for first responders. About 100,000 of those masks will be delivered in the Kansas City metro, while the rest will go to first responders across the state. The FOP says it partnered with Jackson County and the Kansas City police and fire departments to fund the purchase of the masks.

4:50 p.m. | The Kansas Department of Labor will hold a virtual town hall at 3 p.m. Wednesday on its Facebook page to provide an overview of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and pandemic unemployment assistance.

4:30 p.m. | New York City's death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed the number of those killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Health officials say more than 3,200 people have been killed in the city so far, about 450 more than were killed in the city in 2001 when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center.

4:20 p.m. | A big rally on Wall Street lost steam in afternoon trading, undercut in part by another plunge in the price of oil, keeping the market from ending with a rare back-to-back gain.

3:15 p.m. | As part of her daily briefing, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced she is working with Kansas Department of Corrections officials to see if there are any inmates that are coming up on release that could be eligible for early release in certain circumstances.

2:20 p.m. | Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly amended the statewide stay-at-home order to prohibit religious institutions from holding gatherings with more than 10 people. The order goes into effect on Wednesday, April 8.

12:25 p.m. | Kansas officials say the number of COVID-19 cases in the state has reached 900. In the state, 29 deaths have been reported.

Noon | The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority says it will reduce bus service in Kansas City, Missouri, beginning Sunday, April 12. Bus routes originating in KCMO will run on a modified service schedule, with most routes transitioning to a Saturday schedule that ends at 9 p.m.

KCATA says ridership has decreased significantly since stay-at-home orders were implemented. The agency says it had to lay off 66 part-time operators due to the pandemic.

11:20 a.m. | Johnson County, Kansas, is asking residents to take an online survey to help understand how many residents do or do not have symptoms of COVID-19. The survey will be available until 10 a.m. Friday, April 10. Click here to take the survey.

11:15 a.m. | A spokesperson for the Lansing Correctional Facility says eight inmates and nine staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning.

10:15 a.m. | Major League Baseball officials are discussing a plan that could bring the sport back as early as May. According to reports, the plan would put all 30 teams in the Phoenix area and have them play in empty ballparks for the season. In a statement, MLB said that nothing has yet been finalized: "While we have discussed the idea of staging games at one location as one potential option, we have not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan."

10 a.m. | Just starting your day? We’ve got you covered with a quick look at what you need to know.

Get Caught up: April 7

9:58 a.m. | Johnson County, Kansas, reported its cases of COVID-19 are up to 217 and there has been a 10th death from the virus.

Wyandotte County, Kansas, also reports 10 deaths as of Tuesday morning, up from the seven reported Monday.

The three new deaths being the Kansas City metro death toll to 32.

8:37 a.m. | Officials with the University of Kansas Health System gave their daily briefing on COVID-19 operations and answered questions from the public.

The system remains at 33 COVID-19 patients with nine of those on ventilators.

8:31 a.m. | A serious increase in reported cases of COVID-19 in the St. Louis area has put Missouri over 3,000 cases of the virus, and there are now 70 deaths in the state.

St. Louis County reports 1,173 cases as of Tuesday morning and 24 deaths, up from 1,033 cases and 14 deaths as of Monday night. The county alone makes up one-third of Missouri cases.

St. Louis the city reports 440 cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths as of Tuesday, up from 358 cases and eight deaths as of Monday night.

7:02 a.m. | Dr. Dana Hawkinson with the University of Kansas Health System answered questions about daily medications and scheduled doctor visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Answering COVID-19 questions

6:40 a.m. | Dr. Dana Hawkinson with the University of Kansas Health System joined 41 Action News to answer questions about using face masks as the CDC now recommends.

Clearing up questions on wearing face masks

5:46 a.m. | KCPS students will not be able to receive meals from the district anymore after a nutrition services staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

41 Action News has compiled a list of other places students can seek meals if necessary.

5: 15 a.m. | Overland Park officials made the decision to freeze pay raises for public safety that were set to happen this past weekend in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, some City Council members attempted to reverse that decision to support first responders, but it failed.

5 a.m. | Veterans Community Project is offering to build more tiny homes in order to serve veterans and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. So many veterans volunteered to help that some had to be turned away.

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