Live blog: COVID-19 cases at Lansing prison top 600, including 551 inmates

Posted at 5:39 AM, May 05, 2020

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 5.

7:44 p.m. | The Platte County Health Department announced that it received word late Monday evening that a residents at Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center tested positive for COVID-19.

The long-term care facility immediately contacted the health department, which deployed a team of nurses and established a testing center. Testing of staff and plans to test residents are in motion.

7:36 p.m. | According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, 551 inmates at Lansing Correctional Facility have tested positive along with 88 staff members. So far, 22 staff members have recovered and returned to work, while 52 inmates are considered recovered and three have died.

6:09 p.m. | A spokesperson for Smithfield Foods confirmed to 41 Action News that the Martin City food-processing plant reopening April 30.

5:51 p.m. | Sporting Kansas City announced that it will begin allowing individual player workout Wednesday at Compass Minerals National Performance Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Major League Soccer, which has been suspended since March 12, announced last week that individuals workouts could resume.

Small-group and full-team workouts remain prohibited by MLS until at least May 15 and all matches remain suspended until at least June 8.

The workouts are voluntary

5:46 p.m. | The Unified Government Public Health Department provided an update on the COVID-19 outbreaks at three long-term care facilities in Kansas City, Kansas.

All residents and staff at the Life Care Center of Kansas City amd Delaware Highlands Assisted Living have now been tested.

There are 37 people connected with Life Care who have tested positive, including 30 residents and seven staff members. Four residents at the facility have died, while 18 people — 16 residents and two staff members — tested positive at Delaware Highlands with no fatalities.

Riverbend Post-Acute Rehabilitation remains the largest outbreak in Wyandotte County with 132 cases, including 105 residents and 27 employees. That includes 36 residents who have died and three more who remain hospitalized.

5:35 p.m. | Businesses that have been unoccupied for a week or more during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order should flush all pipes before reopening, according to the Board of Public Utilities in Kansas City, Kansas.

Stagnant water, even in pipes, can allow bacteria to grow and impact the water's quality. Here's what BPU suggests:

  • Flush all hot and cold water lines by reopening every tap, allowing the cold water to flush then repeating with the hot water
  • Flush every toilet
  • Maintain other water-connected appliances and systems, including fire sprinklers, drinking fountains, coffee makers and ice machines
  • Ice machines should be emptied and no ice made for the first 24 hours should be served from those machines

5:26 p.m. | Have you been missing live sports during the COVID-19 pandemic? Well, we hope you like golf.

41 Action News will air TaylorMade Driving Relief life from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, a charity skins game pitting Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff.

Each pairing has selected a charity to play for and United Health will donate $3 million to the winning team's choice with another $1 million available from Farmer's Insurance in a birdies-and-eagles pool.

4:10 p.m. | Some businesses at the Ward Parkway Center in Kansas City, Missouri, will begin to reopen Wednesday under Mayor Quinton Lucas' 10/10/10 plan.

The following stores will reopen between May 6-8:

  • Starbucks (mobile orders only)
  • Nice Gifts
  • State Farm
  • Brow Threading
  • Elite Nails
  • Garry Gribbles Running Sports (curbside pickup only)
  • T-Mobile
  • Five Below
  • Ulta (curbside pickup only)
  • Off Broadway Shoes (curbside pickup only)

Target, Trader Joe's and Pet Smart will continue to be open with social distancing measures in place. Hours at Ward Parkway Center will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, though individual stores' hours may vary.

The mall anticipates a larger-scale reopening on May 18.

2:32 p.m. | Incorporating updated data from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and local county health departments, Missouri has now surpassed 9,000 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and 400 deaths.

1:57 p.m. | City-operated pools in Prairie Village will remain closed this season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The city council voted to keep the pools closed at Monday night's meeting.

1:55 p.m. | Truman Medical Centers and University Health, which is affiliated with the UMKC School of Medicine, will continue to provide community testing for COVID-19 this week. at several locations across Jackson County. Anyone wishing to be tested should call 816-404-CARE (2273) before arriving at a testing site.

Testing will be available at the following locations and times:

  • Grain Valley Community Center, 713 N. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday
  • Connection Point Church, 10500 E. Missouri 350 in Raytown, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday
  • Ruskin High School, 7000 E. 111th St. in Kansas City, Missouri, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday

1:36 p.m. | Domino's is providing 250 pizzas through its "Feed the Need" initiative, which will be distributed Wednesday by Sporting Serves from noon to 2 p.m. outside No Other Pub in the Kansas City Power and Light District downtown near the intersection of East 14th Street and Grand Boulevard.

To receive a free pizza, individuals must register in advance beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning and bring a confirmation email during the designated pickup time to No Other Pub. Sporting Serves is a new philanthropic arm of Sporting Kansas City.

2:10 p.m. | Final testing results found 412 asymptomatic employees at a St. Joseph food plant to be positive for COVID-19. That's about 17.4% of the 2,367 workers who were tested on-site between April 27 and May 1.

1 p.m. | An afternoon update on COVID-19 numbers in Kansas put the state over 5,550 cases and 150 deaths.

12:50 p.m. | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says he chose not to wear a face mask during a visit to a southwestern Missouri thrift store on Monday. At a news conference later that day, he said that wearing a mask shouldn't be mandated by the government.

12:30 p.m. | Lawrence Memorial Hospital is furloughing more than 220 employees because it is struggling financially after temporarily halting elective surgeries and treatments amid the coronavirus outbreak.

12:10 p.m. | Roeland Park voted Monday to close city pools for the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

11:30 a.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, Councilman Brandon Ellington has partnered with several churches to host a community drive-thru food distribution bank.

The drive will be held at the following times and locations:

May 6
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Morning Star Baptist Church, 2411 E. 27th St.

May 13
1-3 p.m.
Kingdom Word Ministries, 3301 Cypress Ave.

May 21
10 a.m. to noon
Victorious Life Church, 3400 Paseo Boulevard

May 29
1-3 p.m.
Paradise Baptist Church, 1600 E. 58th St.

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

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9:46 a.m. | Every dollar donated to Harvesters on Tuesday will be matched by Royals charities.

9:28 a.m. | Academy Sports and Outdoors is offering their first responder and military discount to healthcare workers through May 25. Those included can get 10 percent off their purchase.

8:40 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update.

7:45 a.m. | Worldwide COVID-19 deaths have passed 250,000.

6:09 a.m. | With the U.S. economy sinking into a severe recession, the Federal Reserve is set to launch a high-risk program through which it will lend money to small and medium-sized companies outside the banking industry for the first time since the Great Depression, according to the Associated Press.

5:37 a.m. | Olathe will hold a city council meeting in-person Tuesday night, but seating will be limited. Those interested are encouraged to email comments and still watch online.

To participate:
-Read agenda:
-Email comments:
-Watch 7 p.m. meeting:

More information is available at

— City Of Olathe, KS (@CityofOlatheKS) May 4, 2020

5 a.m. | Harrisonville schools reopened their high school football stadium for public use on Monday. Large gatherings of people are still discouraged.

Previous coverage:
March 2020 updates
April 2020 updates
Friday, May 1
Saturday, May 2
Sunday, May 3
Monday, May 4