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 August 5.
2:15 p.m. | The University of Missouri will join other schools across the country in making standardized testing an option, not a requirement, for admission next year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The temporary admission policy will apply to first-time undergraduate applicants applying to any University of Missouri System school for the 2021-22 academic year.
1:51 p.m. | Happy Bottoms is hosting a diaper distribution to families in need and who are new clients.
The event will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 11. from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clay County Health Department.
Parents should bring their children and a valid ID.
1 p.m. | The Missouri State High School Athletic Association has approved a change allowing students not attending in-person classes due to COVID-19 to still participate in athletic activities.
— MSHSAA (@MSHSAAOrg) August 5, 2020
11:05 a.m. | Joe Biden will not be traveling to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination due to COVID-19 concerns. Instead, he will accept the nomination in Delaware. The convention is scheduled to begin on Aug. 17.
11 a.m. | It will be even longer until Americans can travel aboard cruise ships. A group of the nation’s top cruise lines have agreed to suspend their U.S. operations until at least Oct. 31, 2020.
8:49 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update.
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6:50 a.m. | The city of Mission, Kansas, is holding a "Bring Your Own Baby Pool" event in lieu of the public pool being open. Residents can bring a kiddie pool on Thursday. Participants must sign up and drop off their pool to be filled and socially distanced by public works. The "pool party" will take place from 4:30-7 p.m.
5:30 a.m. | A new health screening app will allow students access to different buildings on the University of Kansas campus come fall. Students will be asked to assess their health through the app each morning, then will scan a QR code upon entering any building to see whether their status allows them in that part of campus and allows the school to keep track of how many people are entering each building.
5 a.m. | The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development will host a virtual career fair Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
According to the department, "The virtual job fair platform will include open job listings by industry, a chance for employers to host live chats, give presentations about the companies they work for and job opportunities, and speak with job candidates."
People can register for the fair here until 4 p.m on Tuesday and a "day-of" access link will go live on the website on Wednesday.