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. 6.
6 p.m. | The Food and Drug Administration resisted pressure from the Trump administration on Tuesday by releasing a set of guidelines that could push an emergency use authorization of a coronavirus vaccine past Election Day.
4:45 p.m. | The Olathe School District announced Tuesday that middle and high school students who selected hybrid learning options will be able to return to in-person learning later this month.
In a letter to district stakeholders, Superintendent John Allison says the district, using gating criteria from the Johnson County, Kansas, Department of Health and Environment, is now in a yellow zone. - SH
12:40 p.m. | New estimates from the World Health Organization now indicate around 1 in 10 people worldwide — or about 760 million people — may have been infected by the coronavirus.
The estimate is much greater than the number of confirmed cases, which stands around 35 million worldwide. —AW
Noon | The annual Parkville Microbrew Fest will change its format this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Main Street Parkville Association on Tuesday announced the 2020 Parkville BrewPass, which is good for craft beer samples or discounts at more than 20 area breweries over six weeks.
Those who purchase the BrewPass can also pick up a commemorative tasting glass between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, in downtown Parkville. The pass is valid through Dec. 1. —AW
10 a.m. | The Kansas Department of Labor has created a website to report identity theft fraud related to unemployment claims.
The website, ReportFraud.ks.gov, will serve as a "one-stop shop for any person that suspects she or he may have been a victim of identity theft," KDOL said in a news release.
When a claim is reported on the site, the system generates a police report number and provides tips on how to mitigate the damage. The department's fraud team also will take steps to prevent the fraudulent claims from being paid.
KDOL says it has prevented around 45,000 fraudulent claims from being paid to date. —AW
8:41 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
7:15 a.m. | The City of Shawnee is reminding everyone to properly dispose of face masks so that they don't have a detrimental environmental impact. -KB
Did you know that when you fling that face mask off, it can make its way into our streams and rivers? Be sure to safely dispose of masks and other personal protective equipment when you are out jogging for walking! More info here -- https://t.co/QXJ8Za7Cn9. pic.twitter.com/pjhHg3TWUi
— City of Shawnee, KS (@CityofShawneeKS) October 6, 2020
7 a.m. | Dr. Dana Hawkinson with the University of Kansas Health System joined 41 Action News to answer questions about COVID-19 following President Donald Trump's release from the hospital. -KB