Live blog: Free community COVID-19 testing this week in Cass County

Posted at 5:40 AM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 20:22:07-04

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

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Updates on the spread of the virus and how it is affecting the metro can be found below for June 9.

7:14 p.m. | Cass County announced a free, two-day COVID-19 community testing event in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at Raymore-Peculiar High School, 20801 S. School Road in Peculiar.

Missouri residents hoping to get tested, whether they are experiencing symptoms or not, are encouraged to register online for an appointment as testing demand is expected to be high.

Anyone with questions or in need of registration assistance may call 877-435-8411.

6:53 p.m. | Signs continue to point to a rebound in air travel as summer approaches.

Airlines parked 103 airplanes at Kansas City International Airport during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, which grinded the industry to a halt. KCI officials said Tuesday only 85 planes remained as some return to service.

On Sunday, air travel in the U.S. increased by 25% compared to the previous Sunday and has steadily climbed since bottoming out in mid-April, according to Forbes and NerdWallet freelancer JT Genter.

5:55 p.m. | The Kansas Department of Labor said a coding issue is to blame for an error that's causing a lot of confusion among claimants. About 8,000 claimants saw a child support deduction or addition on their claim status page Tuesday morning.

4:40 p.m. | Weekly COVID-19 testing capacity in Missouri has increased more than 220% since April 20, according to Todd Richardson, director of the state’s Department of Social Services.

4:15 p.m. | The Kansas Department of Health and Environment declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Lansing Correctional Facility to be contained earlier this month, the state Department of Corrections said Tuesday.

KDOC Secretary Jeff Zmuda said Kansas National Guard members finished their work at the prison on June 4. At one point, more than 40 National Guard members were stationed at the prison, which has been identified as the largest outbreak in the state.

As of Tuesday, there have been 926 confirmed cases of the virus among staff and inmates and six deaths, including two staff members.

4:10 p.m. | Bonner Springs High School will partner with Sporting Kansas City to hold its 2020 graduation ceremony at Children's Mercy Park, the school district said Tuesday. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on June 25.

"This venue will allow us to celebrate our students and this significant moment while still protecting the health and safety of all in attendance," the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Unified School District said in a Facebook post.

4 p.m. | After three straight days with fewer than 200 new cases, Missouri added more than 200 cases on Tuesday for the sixth time this month. In May, Missouri reported more than 200 new cases on only nine days.

On Tuesday, the increase in deaths in the state also was the most reported in a single day since May 30.

41 Action News is continuing to analyze data in Kansas, Missouri and the Kansas City metro.

2 p.m. | Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City says it will reopen its resort near the Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kansas, on Friday, June 19. The company has developed a set of guidelines for health and safety procedures that focus on disinfection and sanitization, physical distancing and personal protection, along with minimizing surface interactions in guest areas.

1:24 p.m. | Olathe is reopening two pools this week, but reservations are required and only Olathe residents may use the facilities.

Black Bob Bay, located at 14570 151st St., began accepting reservations at 12:30 p.m. on Monday. The lazy river and bucket area at the facility remain closed.

There is a maximum of 250 spots available per session and registration opens on Wednesdays for the next week.

Mill Creek Pool, 320 E. Poplar St., will open at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12, with up to two-hour time slots available.

There are three time periods available with a 30-minute break between sessions to allow staff to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.

Admission is $5 per person per two-hour period.

1:17 p.m. | The Olathe Community Center has reopened with certain restrictions.

The number of guests in certain areas will be limited to 45 people or fewer and the center will close for an hour beginning at 1:30 p.m. on weekdays for cleaning.

The center will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

The pool and Child Watch areas remain closed until further notice.

Limited basketball, pickleball and group fitness classes are available. Guests will be asked to practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer upon entry and exit, and stay home if they are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19.

1:02 p.m. | Changing Leads Equine Rescue, a Northland nonprofit that rescues horses, is shutting down after 15 years.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 has taken a financial toll on our rescue,” Changing Leads said Monday in a statement announcing the decision. “Due to recent COVID-related restrictions, CLER has already had to cancel three (3) upcoming fundraisers with potentially more cancellations in the future. Without an influx of funding, we cannot commit to accepting rescue horses at our facility. For this reason, it is time to close our doors.”

Changing Leads, which helped rescue and place more than 70 horses, is no longer accepting horses.

The nonprofit plans to conduct tack sales June 13, 20 and 27 with all proceeds going to Risen from the Ashes, an animal rescue in Pleasant Hill.

Changing Leads also will reach out to donors and people who have adopted a horse in the coming months.

12:38 p.m. | People who live or work in Johnson County are eligible for free COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 12, at the College Boulevard Activity Center, 11031 S. Valley Road in Olathe.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is offering the drive-thru testing on a first-come, first-served basis, whether you are feeling symptoms related to COVID-19 or not.

Drivers should enter off COllege Boulevard and Lone Elm Road. Johnson County Med-Act will assist with the testing.

This is JCDHE’s sixth community testing event. Nine positive cases were identified among 953 people who participated in a May 29 community testing event.

12:30 p.m. | A World Health Organization leader walked back statements she made Monday that implied that it was "rare" for asymptomatic coronavirus patients to transmit the disease to others.

10:50 a.m. | The Johnson County Library will reopen all of its branches on Monday, June 15, with limited services. Find more details on the library's website.

10:10 a.m. | The Clay County Health Department has confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak at a care center. The Pleasant Valley Manor Care Center has had 53 residents and staff members test positive. Two people have died.

9:25 a.m. | With financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Kansas is offering voluntary buyouts to hundreds of employees.

8:55 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update.

8:27 a.m. | Dr. Dana Hawkinson joined 41 Action News to answer new COVID-19 questions.

Answering COVID-19 questions

7:46 a.m. | Kansas State University plans to resume in-person classes in the fall. The fall term will now start one week earlier than planned, on Aug. 17, and last through Dec. 4 with finals that next week. Extra safety measures will be put in place at residence and dining halls.

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6:30 a.m. | Worlds of Fun has announced an opening date. Season pass holders can return on June 22, with daily tickets planned to begin in early July. The amusement park will have limited capacity and reservations will be required.

5:30 a.m. | Missouri residents can get tested for COVID-19 in Platte City Monday and Tuesday. The testing site at Platte County R-III Middle School will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Any Missouri resident can be tested. They are encouraged to register for an appointment online. Walk-ins will be available only if there are remaining appointments available.

5 a.m. | Three U.S. national cemeteries in the Kansas City area — Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Scott National Cemetery and Leavenworth National Cemetery — will resume committal services Tuesday, the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System has announced.

Previous coverage:
March 2020 updates
April 2020 updates
May 2020 updates
Monday, June 1
Tuesday, June 2
Wednesday, June 3
Thursday, June 4
Friday, June 5
Monday, June 8