Live blog: Missouri governor resumes travel across state after isolation

Posted at 7:35 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 18:17:23-04

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. 5.

5:15 p.m. | Four staff members who work closely with Missouri Gov. Mike Parson tested positive for COVID-19 after his diagnosis in September, his office said Monday.

In a news release, Parson’s office said that all staff identified as “close contacts” were tested after the governor and first lady Teresa Parson tested positive for the virus on Sept. 23.

The positive cases among staff included those who work in the governor's office; the Missouri Governor's Mansion; and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Governor Security Division.

All staff have fully recovered, Parson's office said Monday. —AW

4:35 p.m. | Nine staff of the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department will quarantine after two employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The two employees contracted the virus outside of the health department and returned to work, where they passed temperature and symptom screenings before testing positive.

The health department will reduce some services and close several of its offices through Oct. 19. —AW

3:25 p.m. | President Trump will leave the Walter Reed Medical Center later Monday and return to the White House after being hospitalized Friday with COVID-19.

His doctors say while the president has not fully recovered, they support his decision to return to the White House. —AW

3:20 p.m. | Missouri reported 943 new cases of COVID-19 across the state Monday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 138,432. No new deaths were reported.

Kansas added 1,267 new cases of the virus, bringing the statewide total to 63,580. The state also reported an additional eight deaths. Across Kansas, 706 people have now died from the coronavirus.

The seven-county Kansas City metro reported 441 new cases and no additional deaths on Monday. —AW

1 p.m. | Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will give an update on COVID-19 in the state at 4 p.m. Monday. The briefing will be streamed live on the 41 Action News Facebook page. —AW

Noon | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will resume appearances across the state this week after ending his COVID-19 isolation. He plans to visit St. Joseph and St. Louis and attend events in Jefferson City, according to his office.

A rescheduled debate between Parson and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nicole Galloway is set for Friday. —AW

9:44 a.m. | Spectrum will hold virtual hiring fairs to fill 80 positions in the company. The hiring fairs will take place Oct. 6, 8 and 14 from 1-5 p.m. To sign up for the events, go online. -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. | According to ESPN sources, both the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs returned negative COVID-19 tests Monday morning, meaning the teams can take the field for a postponed game Monday night. The game was postponed after positive tests on both teams over the weekend. -KB

7 a.m. | Many school districts had students return to in-person learning on Monday, including Lee's Summit, where 41 Action News got an inside look at a fifth grade classroom at Cedar Creek Elementary School. -KB

Fifth grade at Cedar Creek Elementary

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