KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We have been tracking the spread of COVID-19 in the Kansas City area since the start of the pandemic.
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Updates on the spread of the virus and how it is affecting the metro can be found below for Oct. 16.
9:06 p.m. | One of the Crossroads Arts District’s most popular restaurants, The Rieger, announced Friday evening it will close next month. — TP
6:50 p.m. | The Kansas Department of Labor said the Lost Wages Assistance program is on track to be fully paid out by next week. — TP
6:16 p.m. | Four days after this weekend's game was postponed, Mizzou football learned Friday that its next two games, at Florida and versus Kentucky, also have been flip-flopped on the upcoming schedule due to COVID-19 outbreaks on other SEC teams. — TP
5:46 p.m. | The growing number of COVID-19 cases is beginning to strain Kansas City-area hospitals, which lose bed capacity for an extended period of time due to ICU stays. — TP
2:48 p.m. | University of Kansas football coach Les Miles said Friday he will not travel with the team to West Virginia for Saturday's game as he recovers from COVID-19. — TP
1:30 p.m. | The Kearney High School football team will not be playing under the lights for the next two weeks due to a COVID-19 exposure.
The school did not say whether it was players or a member of the coaching staff who tested positive, or how many people were potentially exposed.
The Bulldogs were set to play Grandview on Friday and De Soto High on Friday, Oct. 23. — DM
9:51 a.m. | COVID-19 testing through the Unified Government Public Health Department will move to the former Kmart location at 7836 State Avenue as of Monday, Oct. 19. Testing will take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -KB
9:12 a.m. | The Kansas Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent for the state in September. That is down from 6.9 percent in August. -KB
8:48 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update. -KB
8:36 a.m. | The Missouri State Veterans Home in Cameron, Missouri, will get federal assistance to help with rising COVID-19 cases. According to a press release, cases spiked in recent weeks. Because of that, Kansas City VA Medical Center personnel and personnel from other VA facilities around the country will head to the state-run nursing home to care for veterans as early as Oct. 17. -KB
7:30 a.m. | Just starting your day? We’ve got you covered with a quick look at what you need to know. -KB
7 a.m. | ValuePenguin, which is associated with Lending Tree, conducted a survey of 1,000 Americans. The survey found that 44% of Americans feel indoor restaurants are unsafe to visit amid a pandemic, compared to 40% who believe they are safe. Women were more likely to say indoor dining is unsafe compared to men. -KB
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