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 July 10.
9:25 p.m. | Meet the 73-year-old Lee's Summit man who finally went home after one month on a ventilator and two more months at an Overland Park hospital due to complications from COVID-19.
4:25 p.m. | North Kansas City announced Friday that Mayor Don Stielow has extended the city’s mandatory mask order through Aug. 1.
The original order was issued July 1 and is in addition to the Clay County Public Health Center’s mask order.
The order mandates that all employees and visitors at indoor public spaces wear a mask covering the nose and mouth.
4:17 p.m. | Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has extended the deadline for motor vehicle registration again.
Executive Order 20-49, which extends part of an existing emergency order through Sept. 15, means new vehicles purchased in 2020 don’t have to be registered until Nov. 14, 2020.
License plate renewals for tags due from March through June also have been extended to Nov. 14.
4:05 p.m. | A Sporting Kansas City player has tested positive for COVID-19 in two consecutive tests, the club said Friday.
The positive tests followed mandatory testing for two consecutive days upon arrival in Orlando for the MLS is Back Tournament and a total of five testing days since the club arrived.
Sporting KC said all other individuals who traveled with the club, including coaches, trainers and other support staff, have tested negative for the virus. The delegation will now be tested daily for a 14-day period.
The player, who was not identified, is being isolated in a designated area of the hotel, where he will be monitored and tested daily.
Sporting KC opens tournament play Sunday vs. Minnesota United.
4 p.m. | The seven-county Kansas City metro reported 550 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the most in a single day since the pandemic began. In the last three days alone, the metro has added 1,150 new cases, a 10.2% increase.
Missouri saw an increase of 673 cases on Friday, which is a four-day low but still the fourth-highest single day total of new cases. Over the last two weeks, Missouri has seen a 35.6% increase in new cases, averaging 523 new cases per day.
3:50 p.m. | The Cass County Health Department said it has identified a cluster of COVID-19 cases stemming from a house party over the Fourth of July weekend.
In a news release, the health department said the party took place on July 3 at a home between Harrisonville and Garden City near Missouri 7.
There are currently five positive cases associated with the party. The health department said it was releasing a statement so that others who attended could be made aware of possible exposure.
"It is imperative that any individuals who attended this gathering quarantine at home for 14 days and monitor for symptoms," the Cass County Health Department said in the statement.
3 p.m. | There will be no Oktoberfest in 2020.
The Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce announced Friday the annual festival, which was set for Sept. 25-27, will be canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Oktoberfest committee explored all options in which to hold this beloved annual event, but at the end of the day it was clear that being able to abide by county guidelines and include adequate social distancing, sanitation and public health support in a festival environment was going to be incredibly challenging,” Oktoberfest Chair Lynn Hinkle said in a release. “Positive cases continue to rise in Jackson County and the safety of our guests, entertainers, volunteers and staff was our primary concern when faced with making this decision.”
2:10 p.m. | Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City will close for the rest of the summer with plans to reopen at its new location in south Kansas City this fall.
In an email, the museum said it was "not financially feasible" to stay open at this time.
"We have made the difficult, but correct, decision to close Wonderscope for the remainder of the summer," Executive Director Roxane Hill said in the email. "We understand the difficult time we all are facing right now and the uncertainty of venturing out, particularly with young children."
The museum has operated for more than 30 years in Shawnee. An opening date for the new south Kansas City location has not been set.
1:05 p.m. | Kansas added 830 new cases of COVID-19 across the state on Friday. No additional deaths were reported.
12:55 p.m. | The chances of the Kansas State Fair being held this year are looking less likely after a large number of vendors backed out or expressed trepidation.
The Hutchinson News reports that the fair's board will meet Monday to reconsider its decision to hold the event in September.
11:15 a.m. | More than 1,800 staff at Kansas State University will be furloughed, possibly for nearly a year, as the university works to address significant financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
10:20 a.m. | The Hutchinson Correctional Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, has confirmed its first case of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Corrections said Friday. One staff member, a man over the age of 20, tested positive for the virus.
9:45 a.m. | At a news conference Friday morning, Mayor Quinton Lucas said the mask mandate in Kansas City, Missouri, will be extended indefinitely.
Under the order, which went into effect June 29, all employees or visitors at indoor public spaces must wear a face covering where 6 feet of social distancing is not possible, with a few exceptions.
Watch his news conference below:
8:38 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update and answered community questions about the virus.
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5:25 a.m. | Two World Health Organization experts are heading to the Chinese capital on Friday to lay the groundwork for a larger mission to investigate the origins of the coronavirus, according to the Associated Press.
More than 120 nations called for an investigation into the origins of the virus at the World Health Assembly in May. China has insisted that WHO lead the investigation and for it to wait until the pandemic is brought under control. The U.S., Brazil and India are continuing to see an increasing number of cases.
5 a.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas said in an interview that he plans to extend the mask mandate in the city.
"It will be extended," Lucas said Thursday morning on the Pete Mundo Show on KCMO-AM.
Late Thursday afternoon, Lucas said he will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Friday to announce details of the extension and the next steps in the city's COVID-19 response.
The current mask order is set to expire Sunday.