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Live blog: Missouri hits 21.1 percent positivity rate

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Posted at 7:35 AM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 22:06:10-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We have been tracking the spread of COVID-19 in the Kansas City area since the start of the pandemic.

Whether it's stories about how we bounce back through our Rebound KC effort, important information as school resumes or critical information about the November election, trust 41 Action News to keep you informed.

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Updates on the spread of the virus and how it is affecting the metro can be found below for Oct. 19.

9:05 p.m. | Two students at Raymore-Peculiar High School have tested positive for COVID-19. The district said in a statement on Monday that the cases are not related.

3 p.m. | A staff member at Larned State Hospital in Kansas died last week due to complications from COVID-19, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services said Monday.

It's the first staff death at any of the four state hospitals related to the virus. The staff member had not been on campus for several weeks and did not have contact with patients or residents, according to KDADS.

“I was saddened to learn of this news, and I extend my condolences to both the family and the rest of the hospital staff as they cope with this tragic loss,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in a news release. “Our civil servants have worked selflessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of those under their care. My administration will continue to support them by leveraging the resources and equipment needed to keep workers safe and limit the spread of the virus in high-risk areas.” —AW

12:46 p.m. | The Mid-Continent Public Library's Red Bridge branch will be closed until further notice due to a potential COVID-19 exposure.

The branch was closed after an employee reported testing positive Monday morning.

The Red Bridge branch is located at 453 East Red Bridge Road in Kansas City. -DM

12:40 p.m. | The City of Grandview announced it's distributing $150,000 in CARES Act money to businesses and residents in Grandview.

The Board of Alderman approved $100,000 for businesses in the area. They can apply for one-time assistance payments of either $2,500 or $5,000.

In addition, the board also approved $50,000 for the Grandview Assistance Program. The program hopes to help residents struggling with housing or utility payments.

People can apply city's website. -DM

8:48 a.m. | With data released Monday morning, Missouri's seven-day average positivity rate stands at 21.1 percent. Hospitalizations set pandemic highs. -KB

8:45 a.m. | University of Kansas Health System officials gave their daily COVID-19 update. -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

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7:15 a.m. | CVS is hiring 500 new employees in the Kansas City area to help with an expected influx of customer needs during the combined COVID-19 and flu season. Virtual hiring events will be held on Nov. 3, Nov. 9 and Dec. 8. Interested applicants can find more information online. -KB

7 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

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