Live blog: 3rd Lansing inmate dies of COVID-19

Posted at 5:38 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 17:46:25-04

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.

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Updates on the spread of the virus and how it is affecting the metro can be found below for May 4.

4:45 p.m. | A third inmate from Lansing Correctional Facility has died due to COVID-19 complications, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

KDOC said the man was over the age of 50.

3:30 p.m. | Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick said during a press conference that CARES Act funds have been processed for 105 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis. Roughly $468 million has been distributed.

Fitzpatrick said that local governments should have access to those CARES Act funds by Wednesday.

3:00 p.m. | Combined data from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and county health departments shows the state has reached nearly 9,000 cases with 383 deaths.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson gave his daily update as areas across the state began the process of reopening.

1:10 p.m. | The University of Kansas Medical Center will open some of its university space to host a blood drive to counter shortages caused by COVID-19. The drive will run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room B104. Appointments are required.

1:07 p.m. | New numbers from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment show Kansas now has over 5,300 cases of COVID-19.

12:04 p.m. | Carnival Cruise Lines plans to resume operations on August 1 after COVID-19 shut the industry down early this year.

11:14 a.m. | The U.S. Supreme Court will stream audio of oral arguments for the first time in history due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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

Get Caught up: May 4

9:12 a.m. | Habitat for Humanity will reopen all of their Habitat ReStore shops on Monday. The organization estimates it lost between $625,000 and $700,000 in revenue while under the COVID-19 shutdown. The four stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

9:11 a.m. | The Ellsworth Correctional Facility in Kansas reported its first confirmed COVID-19 case in a staff member over the age of 50. The facility and health department are completing contact tracing to see who may have been exposed. It is the sixth Kansas Department of Corrections facility to have at least one case of the virus.

8:37 a.m. | Officials with the University of Kansas Health System gave their daily COVID-19 update and discussed reopening plans.

7:19 a.m. | President Donald Trump now expects U.S. COVID-19 deaths to be between 80,000 and 90,000, up from the 60,000 he predicted previously.

5:37 a.m. | Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools are boosting moral by holding a virtual spirit week this week. Students can share photos of them participating with the hashtag "#kckpsontrack" and show their appreciation for teachers and staff.

5:22 a.m. | Jared is launching a virtual platform to give free, online wedding ceremonies to 1,000 couples who had their plans derailed by COVID-19.

5 a.m. | A group that helps abolish medical debt now has a fund to help abolish that debt for workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight.

Previous coverage:
March 2020 updates
April 2020 updates
Friday, May 1
Saturday, May 2
Sunday, May 3