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 4.
8 p.m. | Major League Soccer on Thursday lifted its moratorium on team training, and Sporting Kansas City says it plans to begin next week.
7:45 p.m. | Among the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Olathe Health System has announced staff reductions effective June 5.
5:50 p.m. | After COVID-19 forced Big Slick organizers to cancel the 11th annual event, Kansas City's hometown celebrities say they will host an online fundraiser to raise money for Children's Mercy. The campaign kicks off Friday, and the total money raised will be announced at the end of the 10-day campaign on June 14.
4:20 p.m. | Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams says he's contacted Kansas City, Missouri, health officials after a three-day increase in COVID-19 cases.
Williams made the remarks Thursday at a press briefing with Gov. Mike Parson. Watch the full briefing below:
On Wednesday, KCMO reported at least 130 new cases for the third straight day.
2:30 p.m. | A week after what should have been Kansas Speedway’s first of two race weekends in 2020, the track learned it will host five races from July 23-25.
The series of races will kick off at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 23, with the NASCAR Cup Series Kansas 400.
The races will be run without fans.
12:31 p.m. | Douglas County, Kansas, will enter Phase 3 of reopening on Monday. All businesses, activities and venues can open if social distancing can be maintained. Mass gatherings may not exceed 45 people still.
8:45 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update.
7:50 a.m. | Last week, 1.8 million Americans filed for unemployment. Since the start of the pandemic, 42 million Americans have filed.
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6:10 a.m. | The LEGOLAND Discovery Center will open to guests on Thursday with enhanced safety procedures. Social distancing and extra cleaning measures have been put in place. Families are encouraged to purchase tickets for a time slot ahead of time online. Tickets are on sale for $18 for a limited time.
5:30 a.m. | The NBA's Board of Governors could approve a plan Thursday that would allow 22 teams to play in Orlando, according to reports.
5 a.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.