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. 31.
6 p.m. | Less than three days after playing its first game of the season, the entire Excelsior Springs High School varsity football team is now being asked to quarantine by the Clay County Health Department.
According to a Facebook post from the school, the quarantine stems from a positive COVID-19 test reported at Savannah High School, where the Excelsior Springs football team played last Friday.
The district said anyone who was on the football field during last Friday’s game should watch for COVID-19 symptoms. -SH
3:35 p.m. | The University of Kansas announced Monday that it will start its fall athletics season with no fans in the stands.
The announcement means no fans will be allowed to attend the KU Jayhawks football home opener against Coastal Carolina University scheduled for Sept 12. Tailgating will also be prohibited. —DM
3 p.m. | On Monday, Kansas reported the fourth-largest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in state history with 1,122 new cases. Each of the top daily increases have come since Aug. 14.
In Missouri, 964 new cases were reported on Monday and six additional deaths. The number of hospitalizations in Missouri has reached record levels, topping 1,000 for the first time in the last week. The state's infection rate also has increased to 12.6%.
In the seven-county Kansas City metro, 589 new cases were reported since Sunday and no additional deaths. —AW
2:09 p.m. | Johnson County is reminding organizations and businesses that the deadline to request personal protective equipment is Friday, Sept, 4.
Businesses and organizations can request up to a 90-day supply off PPE which include disposable masks, face shields and cloth gowns.
To request PPE you can visit the Johnson County website here. -DM
11:36 a.m. | A group of local chief medical officers plans to hold a virtual briefing Wednesday to address Kansas City’s COVID-19 situation.
A release says Kansas City could be as “close as 10 days from a catastrophic tipping point,” as it’s been designated a federal hotspot with more than 28,000 COVID-19 cases across the region.
The group will “present medical and scientific information to move our community forward,” on Wednesday at 10 a.m. — HG
11:28 a.m. | The United States reached 6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday, over 2 million more than any other country according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The U.S. also has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths with more than 180,000. — HG
9:48 a.m. | The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the summer program that allowed meal program operators to serve free meals to children. The program will now last through Dec. 31, 2020. -KB
9:20 a.m. | Power outages caused by morning storms affected online learning for students in the Center School District. Students unable to reconnect should call their school's main office. -KB
Due to current storms, some teachers and students may be experiencing power outages. If you are having trouble connecting with your teacher, please try again within the hour. If you are still having trouble connecting later, please contact your school’s front office. #CSD
— Center 58 Schools (@CenterSD) August 31, 2020
8:47 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update. -KB
8:33 a.m. | The Raymore-Peculiar School District released their ticketing policy for fall sports. Major changes include limited tickets and mask requirements. -KB
— Ray-Pec Schools (@RayPec) August 31, 2020
7:30 a.m. | Just starting your day? We’ve got you covered with a quick look at what you need to know. -KB
7:15 a.m. | Olathe Public Schools will resume fall sports practices on Monday, though competitions will continue to be prohibited through Friday, Sept. 11. -KB
7 a.m. | Kansas-based AMC Theatres announced they are selling overseas theater locations in the Baltic Region for $77 million. The sale comes as the company struggles to make up losses incurred during COVID-19 shutdowns. -KB
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