Live blog: Some Mizzou staff to return to campus next week

Posted at 5:47 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 20:37:33-04

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.

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 May 13.

7:35 p.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, will reopen its household hazardous waste facility on Friday, but with restrictions, such as customers remaining in their vehicles and showing identification for proof of residenc, according to a news release.

The release also stated that only the first 125 vehicles between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays will be allowed to drop off materials. The same will occur for the first 100 cares between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

More information can be found on the KC Water website.

6:05 p.m. | Researchers at the University of Central Florida are developing special cough drops to help manage the spread of COVID-19.

The team is hoping to change people’s saliva, making it heavier and stickier using candy or corn starch to help sneeze and cough particles fall to the ground, rather than float in the air, where they could infect people with the novel coronavirus.

5:50 p.m. | Some of the most famous barbecue restaurants in Kansas City are preparing to reopen with new social distancing guidelines in place.

5:39 p.m. | Lee’s Summit announced Wednesday that its Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market will begin operating from 8 a.m. to noon on May 30 as a drive-thru market at Abundant Life Baptist Church, 304 S.W. Persels Road.

Shoppers must remain in their cars and will follow a one-way path through the entire market. Preorders are encouraged with vendors, who will wear masks and gloves, to expedite the checkout process.

5:30 p.m. | President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the House Democrats’ $3 trillion stimulus plan is “DOA,” indicating that funding for mail-in ballots for this November’s election is a nonstarter.

4:45 p.m. | Performance theaters in Kansas City remain shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they're busy coming up with ways to keep people safe when the theaters do reopen.

4:10 p.m. | The Kansas City, Missouri, Public Library system has announced plans for the first steps in reopening its branches next week.

4:05 p.m. | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said he does not put “much stock” in reports from outside the state, including one that indicated Kansas City is on a list of “locations to watch” as hot spots for the novel coronavirus.

4 p.m. | The University of Missouri says "select" employees will begin to return to campus on May 20. In the first steps of the phased approach, an approved group of faculty, university leaders, staff, and graduate students who perform on-site research and other needed duties will be allowed to return. Employees who can do their jobs from home will continue to do so until further notice.

3:20 p.m.| Missouri Gov. Mike Parson held a press conference on Wednesday to provide an update on the state's response to COVID-19.

2: 50 p.m. | Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman said Wednesday the state has received several cases of an experimental drug that could help lessen the hospital stays of seriously ill COVID-19 patients.

2:30 p.m. | Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday her administration plans to release more information later this week about how soon the state could enter the next phase of her reopening plan.

2:10 p.m. | In her daily briefing on Wednesday, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly identified the Lansing Correctional Facility staff member who died Monday as George “Bernie” Robare. The governor also said she has spoken with the family of the second staff member who died. That employee has not yet been identified.

2 p.m. | KC Water says its Household Hazardous Waste facility, located at 4707 Deramus Ave., will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday with restrictions in place. Customers will be required to stay in their vehicles during drop-off. The facility will accept materials only from the first 125 cars between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. It will accept materials from the first 100 cars from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

1:25 p.m. | Another staff member at Lansing Correctional Facility has died from COVID-19 complications, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. It's the second staff death in as many days at the state prison, which has seen of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in the state.

1 p.m. | Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City says it is currently treating one patient for pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a condition the hospital calls "very rare."

12:25 p.m. | The Johnsonville sausage plant in Holton, Kansas, will shut down after five employees tested positive for COVID-19.

11:25 a.m. | Cerner's foundation, First Hand, will donate $100,000 to charities in Kansas City that are supporting "human service needs" during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company announced Wednesday.

11 a.m. | This weekend will bring a return to the first major sporting events in the U.S. in nearly two months. NASCAR will return with races in Darlington, with strict guidelines in place and no fans in attendance. Four of golf's biggest names also will compete in teams against each other Sunday as part of the TaylorMade Driving Relief 2020 skins competition.

10:22 a.m. | According to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt, residents in the state have received roughly $56 million in premium rebates, discounts or future credit from 58 insurance carriers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

9:06 a.m. | According to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Missouri will receive an additional $135 million to expand COVID-19 testing through the Department of Health and Human Services.

8:48 a.m. | Blue Springs School District plans to hold graduation on July 19 at at Municipal Auditorium.

8:43 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update.

7:45 a.m. | Just starting your day? We’ve got you covered with a quick look at what you need to know.

6:12 a.m. | The Kansas Department of Health and Environment added Maryland as a state where Kansans who are returning from travel there should self-quarantine.

5:36 a.m. | The Red Cross is looking for healthy donors to help with a blood supply shortage. Anyone who donates between May 15 and May 31 will receive a T-shirt that says, "We're all in this together."

Below is a list of blood drives by city that fall during the time period.


  • May 26: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Westside Family Church, 8500 Woodsonia Dr.


  • May 27: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Genesis Health Clubs, 17800 W 106th St.

Overland Park

  • May 15: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., GT Distributors, 10567 Metcalf Ave.
  • May 18: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., The KC Standard, 6750 Antioch Rd.
  • May 18: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., d.41 at Dalton Flowers, 8135 Santa Fe Dr.
  • May 20: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Christ Church Anglican, 5500 W 91st St.
  • May 21: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., d.41 at Dalton Flowers, 8135 Santa Fe Dr.
  • May 27: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Museum at Prairiefire, 5801 W 135th St.
  • May 28: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., d.41 at Dalton Flowers, 8135 Santa Fe Dr.

Spring Hill

  • May 20: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Spring Hill Community Center, 613 S. Race St.

Fort Leavenworth

  • May 15: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Armed Forces Insurance Bldg 325, 655 Biddle Ave.


  • May 22: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1101 N. 4th St.


  • May 27: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lakemary, 100 Lakemary Dr.

Kansas City, Kansas

  • May 26: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Security Bank of Kansas City - Legends, 10840 Parallel Pkwy.
  • May 29: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Main Bank - 7th Street, 701 Minnesota Ave.


  • May 15: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Belton Regional Medical Center, 17065 S. 71 Highway


  • May 26: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Community Center, 2400 Jefferson Pkwy.


  • May 26: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Hy Vee - Liberty, 109 N. Blue Jay Dr.


  • May 20: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Beacon Heights Community of Christ, 19402 E Holke Rd.
  • May 21: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bass Pro Shop Independence, 18001 Bass Pro Dr.
  • May 28: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bass Pro Shop Independence, 18001 Bass Pro Dr.
  • May 28: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., KC Public Library- Trails West, 11401 East 23rd St. S

Kansas City, Missouri

  • May 15: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Yellow Rock Barn, 8307 Westridge Rd.
  • May 19: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., zTrip, 1316 E. 14th St.
  • May 27: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Plexpod, 300 East 39th St.
  • May 28: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Westin Crown Center, 1 E. Pershing Rd.
  • May 29: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City, 6601 Winchester Ave.
  • May 29: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St.
  • May 22: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Northland Baptist Church, 7101 NW Waukomis Dr.

Lees Summit

  • May 28: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bright Health, 777 NW Blue Pkwy.

Oak Grove

  • May 19: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., New Life Church, 801 SW 1st St.


  • May 19: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Riverside Public Safety, 2990 NW Vivion Rd.

5:30 a.m. | Swope Health will hold COVID-19 testing at the Kansas City Public Library Southwest Branch on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

5:20 a.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, Councilman Brandon Ellington will hold another food drive in partnership with Kingdom Word Ministries on Wednesday. The food drive will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Kingdom Word Ministries, 3301 Cypress Ave.

5:15 a.m. | Eight additional district courts in Kansas will begin issuing marriage licenses on Wednesday, including Leavenworth and Miami district courts. Applicants must call to begin the process, which does not require in-person contact. Ten district courts have already been issuing marriage licenses since April 20. For more information, click here.

5 a.m. | Those who still are waiting for their stimulus payment from the federal government have until noon Wednesday to receive the money directly into their bank accounts.

The IRS said direct deposit information will need to be submitted on its website via the agency's "Get My Payment" tool.

Previous coverage:
March 2020 updates
April 2020 updates
Friday, May 1
Saturday, May 2
Sunday, May 3
Monday, May 4
Tuesday, May 5
Wednesday, May 6
Thursday, May 7
Friday, May 8
Saturday, May 9
Sunday, May 10
Monday, May 11
Tuesday, May 12