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 May 29.
5 p.m. | The Blue Springs Park and Recreation Department says it plans to reopen more parks facilities and amenities beginning June 1. Tennis and pickleball courts, sand volleyball and outdoor basketball courts will reopen, along with park restrooms and shelter houses. Ballfields will be open for practices and league games only, not tournaments.
4:10 p.m. | New data on Friday from state and local health departments show the Kansas City metro has 5,287 cases of COVID-19 in the seven-county area, as well as 200 reported deaths due to the virus.
In Missouri, COVID-19 cases increased to 13,147 on Friday, while cases in Kansas rose to 9,674.
4 p.m. | After putting the season on hold due to coronavirus concerns, the NBA is aiming to resume play at the end of July, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league office set a target date for the season to return on July 31, Charania reported on Friday.
2:15 p.m. | The Kansas City Public Library will expand its pop-in, pick-up service at all 10 branches beginning the first week of June. Returns must continue to be dropped off in the drop boxes outside the building. Kids Cafe also will resume at four branches next week.
1:30 p.m. | The Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners says the polling place for voters in Ward 22 has changed "due to health and safety concerns." The new polling location will be First Church of the Nazarene, 11811 State Line Road, KCMO. Voters had been scheduled to vote at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 12001 Wornall Road.
12:15 p.m. | Bars and nightclubs in Wyandotte County can reopen as of noon Friday with certain restrictions in place. Only 15 customers will be allowed inside at any time, and 6-foot social distancing guidelines must be maintained. The county also is encouraging outdoor seating at these establishments.
10:30 a.m. | Boulevard Brewing Company will reopen its recreation center and resume tours at the brewery beginning Monday, June 1. Boulevard says it will monitor capacity to ensure social distancing, and guests will be served at their tables. Only adults 21 or older will be allowed at this time. Cash will not be accepted.
Curbside pickup will continue to be offered as well.
10:15 a.m. | Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says that residents who have been unable to renew their concealed carry handgun licenses will have late fees waived. Accommodations will be made for those who have problems renewing their permits because of limited access to notary services, closed driver's license bureaus and "other limitations," Schmidt said in a news release.
Late fees are waived for those whose licenses expired on or after March 12, when the governor first declared a state of disaster emergency. In addition, renewal application forms will only require an unsworn declaration, instead of notarization. The modifications will be in effect until Oct. 1.
10 a.m. | Paradise Park in Lee's Summit says it will remain closed due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will suspend payments for monthly memberships and extend memberships for the same time period that the park is closed for those with both annual passes and pre-paid Family Discovery Passes. Anyone with questions should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 a.m. | The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities will resume disconnecting utilities that are not paid for on Monday. The utility company had originally suspended disconnects starting in March due to financial strains placed on customers by COVID-19.
8:55 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 udpate. As of Friday, the hospital has 15 COVID-19 patients, five of whom are in the ICU.
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6:45 a.m. | A debate in Congress over whether to extend $600 a week in federally provided benefits to the unemployed looks sure to intensify with the number of people receiving the aid now topping 30 million — one in five workers. The money, included in a government relief package enacted in March, is set to expire July 31.
5:15 a.m. | CVS is opening 22 new COVID-19 test sites in Missouri on Friday. Those with symptoms can visit the pharmacy drive-thru, where staff will hand them a self-swab kit and watch to make sure it is done correctly. You must register in advance online if you need a test.
The Kansas City area locations are listed below.
- CVS Pharmacy, 3201 South 7 Highway, Blue Springs, MO 64014
- CVS Pharmacy, 1545 East 23rd Street South, Independence, MO 64055
- CVS Pharmacy, 17301 East US 24 Highway, Independence, MO 64056
- CVS Pharmacy, 1315 West 23rd Street, Independence, MO 64052
- CVS Pharmacy, 4149 North Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64116
- CVS Pharmacy, 13101 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64145
- CVS Pharmacy, 4990 Northeast Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO 64119
- CVS Pharmacy, 4750 Lees Summit Road, Kansas City, MO 64136
- CVS Pharmacy, 3351 SW 3rd Street, Lees Summit, MO 64081
- CVS Pharmacy, 1301 Platte Falls Road, Platte City, MO 64079
- CVS Pharmacy, 1215 West Foxwood Drive, Raymore, MO 64083
- CVS Pharmacy, 5310 Blueridge Boulevard, Raytown, MO 64133
5 a.m. | Lee's Summit will reopen its outdoor pickleball, tennis and volleyball courts beginning Friday, May 29. Amenities might be modified to follow social distancing guidelines, according to the Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation Department. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should not use the amenities.
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