Live blog: Kansas adds 11 more deaths to COVID-19 total

Posted at 7:43 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 16:01:05-04

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

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Updates on the spread of the virus and how it is affecting the metro can be found below for Aug. 26.

3 p.m. | State and local health departments in Kansas combined to add 1,359 new COVID-19 cases to the state’s total Wednesday, pushing the total past 40,000 to 40,367.

The number of new cases added Wednesday is the highest single day total since the state switched to reporting new cases only three days a week.

Additionally, local and state health departments combined to add 11 more people to the state’s COVID-19 death total. The number of new deaths reported is tied for the second-deadliest day of the entire pandemic, behind only the 18 reported on May 5.

2 p.m. | Kansas State University plans to install in dorm rooms a device that emits dry hydrogen peroxide to lower the risk of students being infected with COVID-19. The university had installed units in some of its facilities, including the student health center and recreation center. The university plans to place devices in residence halls next week, according to a report from the Associated Press.

1:30 p.m. | Chiefs President Mark Donovan said Wednesday the team is confident in its safety protocols, but pleaded with fans who plan to attend events at Arrowhead Stadium to comply. —TP

11:20 a.m. | AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, Mercy and Truth Clinic, the city of Shawnee and the Shawnee Mission School District will host a free COVID-19 testing clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, in the Westbrook Village Shopping Center parking lot in Shawnee.

Testing will be available for the first 750 people, and anyone over 5 years old can be screened. Vehicles will be routed from the northeast corner of West 75th Street and Quivira Road.

Participants will be asked to wear a mask and stay in their vehicles. —AW

11:05 a.m. | North Kansas City Schools will begin the year under a hybrid model, with older students attending classes in-person two days a week, the district announced Wednesday.

Younger students in preschool through fifth grade will go to school in-person five days a week.

Fall sports and activities will continue with precautions in place, according to the district. —AW

10:25 a.m. | The annual Youth Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park in Lansing, though the event will look much different than past years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lansing Parks and Recreation Department said Wednesday.

Registration is limited and will be first-come, first-served until spots are full to ensure social distancing. No on-site registrations will be accepted.

Registration is $5 per child, which includes bait and a giveaway. Children up to age 15 may participate in the derby. They must bring a fishing pole and be accompanied by one adult. —AW

9:38 a.m. | Kansas State University launched a COVID-19 dashboard to track the cases on its campus as students return for classes.

From Aug. 17-21, the university conducted 678 tests with 63 positive cases and 558 negative cases.

Data will be refreshed and published weekly on Wednesdays, according to the university.

You can visit the dashboard here. -DM

9:32 a.m. | Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced another KANSASWORKS Statewide Virtual Job Fair began on Wednesday and will run through Thursday, Aug. 27.

People interested in the fair can register here.

This is the fourth statewide virtual fair, and three more fairs will be held on the following dates:

  • Sept. 22-24
  • Oct. 27-29
  • Dec. 8-9


8:52 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update. -KB

8 a.m. | Doug Powers with the Turner School District talked to 41 Action News about what the district has planned for students returning to class on Sept. 8. -KB

Turner School District reopening plan

7:30 a.m. | Just starting your day? We’ve got you covered with a quick look at what you need to know. -KB

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7:15 a.m. | Nebraska Furniture Mart is holding an online hiring event to fill 70 warehouse positions at its Kansas location. Interviews will be conducted virtually and job offers will be given on the spot. -KB

7 a.m. | Students at the Center and Spring Hill school districts begin class on Wednesday. Center students will begin the semester completely online. Spring Hill elementary students have the choice to do online or in-person schooling, but the rest of the students will be remote. -KB

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