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Live blog: University of Missouri considers earlier start to semester

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Posted at 6:31 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 19:02:30-04

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

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6 p.m. | University of Missouri officials are considering whether to begin the fall 2020 semester earlier to end in-person classwork before Thanksgiving.

Under the proposed schedule, the semester would begin Aug. 12. It is currently set to begin Aug. 24. Classes would end on Nov. 20, with finals given online from Nov. 30 to Dec. 14.

The MU Faculty Council and the University of Missouri Board of Curators must approve the proposal. The MU Faculty Council will consider it at a meeting on Thursday, June 4.

5:40 p.m. | The South of Summit Taqueria & Tequila in Waldo says it has closed all of its restaurants after learning that an asymptomatic employee at Bōru Ramen tested positive for COVID-19.

"As we work closely with the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department, it is out of an abundance of caution and concern that our Waldo restaurants including Summit Grill – Waldo, South of Summit and Boru Ramen Bar are closing temporarily, effective immediately," the restaurant said on Facebook. "During this time, we are extensively cleaning our locations using an outside company that uses state-of-the-art professional disinfecting services to combat the virus. We will remain closed until further notice."

5:25 p.m. | The Art Westport annual art show scheduled for Sept. 11-13 has been canceled. The 40-year event showcases regional artists' work and attracts more than 30,000 visitors.

"Regretfully, due to extenuating circumstances driven by COVID 19, the 2020 event will not occur," organizers announced on Wednesday. "Organizers have announced September 10-12, 2021, for the next Art Westport."

4:40 p.m. | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday said the rate of positive COVID-19 cases in Missouri has declined as testing has increased across the state.

1:20 p.m. | The NBA's Board of Governors could approve a plan Thursday that would allow 22 teams to play in Orlando, according to reports.

9:07 a.m. | Free boxes of fresh produce and milk will be handed out Wednesday at two different locations. Food can be picked up at Village West Family Church in Kansas City, Kansas, at 3 p.m. or at Giving Hope KC Food Pantry in Kansas City, Kansas, at 4 p.m.

8:51 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update.

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6:30 a.m. | The company that administers the SAT college entrance exam was looking at plans to provide the test virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions on schools, but now they are saying it would be too hard to guarantee all students would have access to the technology and uninterrupted internet.

6 a.m. | Kauffman Stadium will transform into a satellite blood donation center Wednesday for the Community Blood Center.

With more medical facilities reopening for elective procedures, the blood supply in the Kansas City area is critically low after donations dropped amid stay-at-home orders and other COVID-19 concerns.

The blood drive is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Royals Hall of Fame beyond the left-field field at Kauffman Stadium.

Donors should park on the west side of the stadium in Lot J and enter through Gate A, where temperature screening will take place. Donors also should wear a face mask or one will be provided for them.

Appointments, which can be made online using the group code EG8Y, are encouraged and walk-ins will only be accepted as space and staffing allows.

Previous coverage:
March 2020 updates
April 2020 updates
May 2020 updates
Monday, June 1
Tuesday, June 2