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 30.
6:23 p.m. | The Royals have detailed how the media will be allowed to cover the team during its summer camp starting on Friday — and beyond — once the season starts.
5:50 p.m. | As Missouri surpasses 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19, Gov. Mike Parson said he has no plans to require face masks statewide.
5:30 p.m. | A few school districts in Kansas and Missouri have created task forces to make decisions on the upcoming school year. School administrators are trying to figure out how to bring everyone back to school in August amid the coronavirus pandemic.
4:45 p.m. | Thanks to the CARES Act, Kansas City International Airport will get a new runway without having to pay its usual shared in a 75/25 split with the federal government. KCI received a multi-million grant Tuesday to replace its primary runway over the next two years.
The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, announced $800 million in grants, including $6.25 million for KCI's runway project that will be completed in December 2022.
4:30 p.m. | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Tuesday that state revenue for fiscal year 2020 finished about 7% down from last year.
He said during a press briefing that the state had to “face the reality” of how COVID-19 has affected the economy and that he expects the yearly revenue to be about $1 billion less than what was forecasted in January.
Watch the full press briefing below:
3:30 p.m. | Missouri reported 566 new cases of COVID-19 across the state on Tuesday, the third-highest daily increase since the beginning of the pandemic. Only Monday (577) and last Friday (590) saw a greater increase in cases.
In Clay County, two additional people died from COVID-19, bringing the total deaths in the Kansas City metro to 272. There are now 1,038 deaths in Missouri.
1:30 p.m. | The Salvation Army says it had to postpone the Farm to Table Food Box distribution through the U.S. Department of Agriculture originally scheduled for July 2 in Independence due to a lack of federal funding.
“While we’re disappointed that we have to pause our distribution of fresh food to families in Kansas City, we’re hopeful that federal funding will resume and we can continue to connect people in need with these items from farms in the Midwest,” Maj. David Harvey said in a news release.
The Salvation Army says it is hopeful that more information on the funding could come as early as next week. Additional dates for the food distribution program are set through August in the Kansas City metro.
12:55 p.m. | Overland Park's Star Spangled Spectacular will no longer take place on July 4. Organizers said they made the decision to cancel the fireworks-only celebration after a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Johnson County and the state.
11:40 a.m. | Saint Luke's Health System says it will close Cushing Hospital in Leavenworth will close on Oct. 1, citing financial distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The hospital estimates 70 people will be affected, though it said they will be able to apply to other positions in the Saint Luke's Health System.
10:45 a.m. | The Mid-Continent Public Library's Boardwalk Branch, 8656 N. Ambassador Drive in KCMO, will resume limited services Tuesday after a deep cleaning. The branch closed last week after a potential virus exposure. The branch will only offer curbside service with limited hours.
10:30 a.m. | The city of Independence will open its cooling center at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, and masks will be required. Those who do not have a mask or face covering will be provided with one. All residents who use the cooling center also will be required to properly social distance, the city said in a news release.
10:10 a.m. | The Kansas Department for Children and Families has extended the deadline to register for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Program to July 31. The program helps families who were impacted by school closures to purchase food for their children.
The Kansas Department for Children and Families announced today that it is extending the deadline to register for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Program (P-EBT) to July 31, 2020. The program helps families who were impacted by school closures due to COVID-19 to purchase food for their children.
10 a.m. | Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued her first report Tuesday on the state government's use of federal stimulus funding for its COVID-19 response. The report shows Missouri's spending of federal assistance in May, as well as cumulative expenditures since the state began receiving funding in April, according to a news release from the auditor's office. A full copy of the report can be found online.
9:30 a.m. | Catholic Charities will serve summer meals for children 18 years and under every Wednesday through July 29 at the Johnson County Library Antioch branch, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Merriam. The meals will be distributed between 10-11 a.m. in the tent in the library's overflow parking lot on Slater Street. Each eligible child in the household can receive up to five breakfast and five lunch meals.
9:15 a.m. | Evergy says it will offer a new customer assistance plan as it prepares to resume disconnections of services for non-payment on July 16.
The new plan will offer account credit to residential customers who bring their accounts current on a four-month payment plan. Those who have a past-due balance of $250 or more can request to be put on the payment plan. The plan is only available by calling Evergy's customer service line at 800-383-1183 for Evergy Kansas Central and 888-471-5275 for Evergy Metro and Missouri West service areas
8:36 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update.
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6:20 a.m. | At least 285 U.S. children have developed a serious inflammatory condition linked to the coronavirus and while most recovered, the potential for long-term or permanent damage is unknown, two new studies suggest.
5:30 a.m. | Wyandotte County officials have issued a Health Order requiring masks in public to slow and contain the spread of COVID-19.
The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June, 30.
The move is in response to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Wyandotte County and only days after officials extended the Phase 3 of the Ad Astra reopening plan until at least July 6.
5 a.m. | There is more than $100 billion up for grabs through the federal government’s Payroll Protection Program. But the deadline to apply for one of the loans is quickly approaching: Tuesday, June 30.
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