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 June 1.
6:45 p.m. | Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says a team she appointed to help her plan for the state’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic will begin discussing this week how to spend $1.25 billion in federal relief funds. The Democratic governor also said Monday that she is confident that she can work out an agreement with the Republican-controlled Legislature to give them some oversight over how the funds are spent, according to an Associated Press report.
6:25 p.m. | The Kansas Department of Labor says it is now accepting applications for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). The program is available for up to 13 weeks, with retroactive payments beginning March 29 until Dec. 26. PEUC applications can be filed online.
4:30 p.m. | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced further budget cuts as a result of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state. At a news conference, Parson said an additional $209 million will be cut by the end of June.
3 p.m. | Johnson County residents whose vehicle registration expired in May can now access a new, temporary portal for online payment. If you previously tried to renew online and could not do so, you can now renew at jocogov.org/residents/vehicles. Penalties will not apply. Have your license plate number and VIN available.
1:55 p.m. | Kansas topped 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday as state and local health departments reported more than 200 new cases.
9:55 a.m. | The Royals will hold a blood drive in the Royals Hall of Fame at Kauffman Stadium on June 3 in order to help the Community Blood Center meet a critical demand for blood. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and appointments are encouraged. Those interested can visit savealifenow.org/group with group code "EG8Y" or call 1-877-468-6844 to sign up.
Donors will be asked to wear a face mask and temperatures will be checked before entry.
9:38 a.m. | Jackson County has opened a 40-bed COVID-19 isolation center for Kansas City residents in need of a place to isolate and recover from the virus. It was opened in partnership with the Salvation Army and the Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness. It is open to any person older than 18 with a positive test result. Guests will get three meals a day and snacks and restrooms and showers are available. Those interested need to call the referral line at 816-296-6005.
9:22 a.m. | The Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department will host COVID-19 testing at Central High School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Appointments are recommended.
#Today COVID-19 testing at Central High School.
Appointment required. To register in advance call 311 by 5 pm the day prior to the testing day. A limited number of tests will be set aside for individuals without an appointment https://t.co/lPhuf9Omzw@KCMO311 @KCMO pic.twitter.com/mVnFUDuure
— KCMO Health Dept (@KCMOHealthDept) June 1, 2020
8:46 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update and were joined by survivors of the virus.
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7:12 a.m. | The national WWI Museum and Memorial reopens to members on Monday. The public can visit starting Tuesday. There will be two time sessions guests can choose from (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2-4 p.m.) and some areas of the museum will remain closed. Tickets should be purchased in advance online.
6:10 a.m. | The Loews Kansas City Hotel officially opened its doors Monday. Stay-at-home orders and decreased travel due to COVID-19 delayed the opening of the facility. There will be safety measures in place as the city continues to work back toward normal.
5:30 a.m. | The Blue Springs Park and Recreation Department says it plans to reopen more parks facilities and amenities beginning June 1. Tennis and pickleball courts, sand volleyball and outdoor basketball courts will reopen, along with park restrooms and shelter houses. Ballfields will be open for practices and league games only, not tournaments.
5:15 a.m. | The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities will resume disconnecting utilities that are not paid for on Monday. The utility company had originally suspended disconnects starting in March due to financial strains placed on customers by COVID-19.
5 a.m. | Boulevard Brewing Company will reopen its recreation center and resume tours at the brewery beginning Monday, June 1. Boulevard says it will monitor capacity to ensure social distancing, and guests will be served at their tables. Only adults 21 or older will be allowed at this time. Cash will not be accepted.
Curbside pickup will continue to be offered as well.