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March 27: Fort Leavenworth soldier tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 07:06:47-04

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

41 Action News is keeping track of all closings and cancellations, as well as tracking where positive coronavirus cases are located.

We are also keeping track of which metro jurisdictions are under stay at home orders for the foreseeable future, only allowing for essential business and activities.

We've also compiled a detailed list of school district meal service options while schools are closed.

If you are a business finding unique ways to serve our community, check our KC Open for Business Facebook group to share your ideas.

Updates on the spread of the virus and how it is affecting the metro can be found below for March 27.

8:41 p.m. | The city of Belton announced Friday that it planned to reopen the Eagles' Landing Golf Course on Sunday. The course will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days week after closing March 16 amid restrictions related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mayor Jeff Davis said clarifying information received from the Cass County Health Department prompted the decision to reopen the course with reduced staff. Golfers will be expected to practice social distancing and will have no clubhouse access, except to use the restrooms.

Golf carts, range balls and buckets will be sanitized after each use and only one golfer will be allowed in a cart. Tee times will be at least 18 minutes apart, no water coolers will be on the course and there will be no food or beverage service.

The course will be set up to eliminate any need to touch flagsticks and payment mst be by credit card online or over the phone.

6:37 p.m. | The Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City is seeking volunteers, medical and civilian, to assist with its COVID-19 response. Duties include staffing phone banks and conducting possible drive-thru testing among other opportunities.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. Training will be available for all assigned duties, prioritizing volunteer safety. Visit the Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City online for more information or to register.

6:24 p.m. | The University of Central Missouri announced that the Campus Cupboard on its Warrensburg campus would operate under new hours, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, through the remainder of the school year. During the first 90 minutes of the new schedule this week, the Campus Cupboard served 92 students and ran out of pre-packaged food.

5:30 p.m. | Leavenworth County reports one new case of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 13 and the Kansas total to 210.

5:20 p.m. | A Fort Leavenworth soldier who was under isolation following overseas travel has tested positive for COVID-19. The soldier remains in isolation.

5:15 p.m. | There are now more than 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins.

4:50 p.m. | An officer in the Lawrence, Kansas, Police Department has tested positive for COVID-19, the department announced Friday.

4:21 p.m. | Rep. Joe Runions, a Missouri state representative from Grandview and the first member of the Missouri legislature to test positive for COVID-19, was released from the hospital Tuesday and is continuing to recover at home, according to a release from his office. He thanked the staff at St. Joseph's Medical Center "for their excellent care."

3:52 p.m. | The Kansas Department of Health and Environment added two new states, Colorado and Louisiana, to its travel quarantine list. Anyone who visited either state on or after March 27 needs to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to the KDHE's updated guidelines.

3:51 p.m. | Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced four additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the county's total to 18.

3:40 p.m. | With a stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump signed into law Friday a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package aimed at warning off further damage caused by the coronavirus.

3:30 p.m. | Kansas City International Airport is now home to parked planes during downturn in airline flight schedules, 41 Action News reports.

2:47 p.m. | Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools announced two new locations, Banneker Elementary School and Rosedale Middle School, for free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch service for students beginning Monday, March 30.

41 Action News has compiled a comprehensive list of meal service provided by Kansas City area school districts for those in need.

2:30 p.m. | Children's Mercy Hospital says its policy prohibiting medical staff from wearing a mask continuously throughout their shift adheres to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2:15 p.m. | In a Friday afternoon update, Missouri is now reporting at least 670 positive COVID-19 patients.

1:15 p.m. | Kansas now has 205 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide, according to data from the state and local counties. The state expects to see the peak of the outbreak in mid- to late April with up to 1,000 patients.

1 p.m. | If you’re looking for some hope on this Friday, we wanted to share a positive message all the way from Switzerland.

There, a Swiss artist has illuminated the top of Matterhorn mountain into a stunning display. Check it out.

12:35 p.m. | The U.S. House passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill to fight the economic impact of COVID-19. It now moves to President Donald Trump for a signature.

Noon | The American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy has canceled its 2020 session, which was scheduled for May 31 through June 5 at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

11:55 a.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, has moved the city's earnings tax deadline to July 15, which mirrors the deadline for state and federal tax dates.

11:48 a.m. | Boone County, Missouri, reported three new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the county total to 40. That includes one death.

11:40 a.m. | Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says his office has received more than 100 complaints of alleged price gouging since an anti-profiteering law went into effect on March 12 due to Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's declared state of emergency. Some of the complaints were referred to local prosecutors, and others were assigned to investigators within the attorney general's office.

11:20 a.m. | The Kansas City VA Medical Center says a patient admitted there on March 23 tested positive for COVID-19. The veteran remains at the VA Medical Center and is "doing well," according to the VA. Staff are taking precautions and using personal protective equipment while caring for the veteran, who is in isolation.

The Kansas City VA Medical Center reports seven confirmed COVID-19 cases among patients and staff, but this is the only patient being treated at the Kansas City, Missouri, facility.

10:30 a.m. | The University of Kansas Hospital says it is treating 18 COVID-19 patients, including two who were admitted on Thursday. Ten of the 18 patients are in the intensive care unit, and six are on ventilators. The other patients are on a unit dedicated to COVID-19, away from others.

10:18 a.m. | 41 Action News anchor Taylor Hemness shares what you need to know to start your Friday.

March 27 morning update

10 a.m. | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issued an executive order mobilizing the Missouri National Guard to begin helping with COVID-19 response efforts. "Mobilizing the National Guard will help us provide more immediate resources to our citizens and enhance Missouri’s ability to overcome this global pandemic," the governor said.
9:50 a.m. | The Johnson County, Kansas Health Department reported a handful of new cases Friday morning, pushing the county's total to 66. Across the metro, the number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 223.
9:50 a.m. | The Johnson County, Kansas Health Department reported a handful of new cases Friday morning, pushing the county's total to 66. Across the metro, the number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 223.

7:41 a.m. | Kansas State University announced it will combine Spring Commencement with the Winter Commencement ceremony. Both May and December graduates will participate in the ceremonies scheduled for Dec. 11 and 12.
7:22 a.m. | Clay County, Missouri, reported another case of COVID-19, bringing the total to 22.
7:22 a.m. | Clay County, Missouri, reported another case of COVID-19, bringing the total to 22.
7:13 a.m. | Wyandotte County, Kansas, reported three new cases of COVID-19 and one more virus-related death. That brings the county total to 37 cases and three deaths.
7:13 a.m. | Wyandotte County, Kansas, reported three new cases of COVID-19 and one more virus-related death. That brings the county total to 37 cases and three deaths.
7:04 a.m. | Franklin County, Kansas, reported another positive case of COVID-19, bringing the county's total to two.
7:04 a.m. | Franklin County, Kansas, reported another positive case of COVID-19, bringing the county's total to two.
6:32 a.m. | UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.
6:32 a.m. | UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.
6:28 a.m. | Dr. Dana Hawkinson with the University of Kansas Health System spoke with 41 Action News to answer the latest COVID-19 questions.
6:28 a.m. | Dr. Dana Hawkinson with the University of Kansas Health System spoke with 41 Action News to answer the latest COVID-19 questions.

Breaking down the latest COVID-19 research

5:45 a.m. | Mesa Biotech in San Diego has received FDA approval for its rapid COVID-19 tests that can produce results in about half-an-hour.
5:45 a.m. | Mesa Biotech in San Diego has received FDA approval for its rapid COVID-19 tests that can produce results in about half-an-hour.
5:25 a.m. | President Donald Trump approved Gov. Mike Parson's request for a disaster declaration for the state of Missouri. The federal declaration will pave the way for more funding to help fight COVID-19.
5:25 a.m. | President Donald Trump approved Gov. Mike Parson's request for a disaster declaration for the state of Missouri. The federal declaration will pave the way for more funding to help fight COVID-19.
5 a.m. | The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department will be closed Friday to review and update COVID-19 screening procedures. The health department plans to be back open on Monday and appointments can be rescheduled by calling 816-513-6008.
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