KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, continues to spread across the world, and in Missouri and Kansas.
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.
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Updates on the spread of the virus and how it is affecting the metro can be found below for March 28.
5:05 p.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, leaf and brush drop-off centers will be closed on Saturdays. Residents still are able to drop off items between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The three centers are located at 11660 North Main Street, 1815 North Chouteau Trafficway and 10301 Raytown Road.
3:47 p.m. | Shawnee County, Kansas, has reported its first COVID-19 death. The patient was a woman in her 70s. She was admitted to Stormont Vail on March 23 and tested positive two days later.
3:20 p.m. | A second person has died in Johnson County, Kansas, due to COVID-19. According to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, the woman was in her 90s; she was hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.
2:42 p.m. | Missouri Health and Senior Services reported 838 cases in the state and 10 deaths. Nearly 11,000 people have been tested in the state, according to Missouri Health and Senior Services.
1:43 p.m. | Kansas Department of Health and Environment now reports 261 positive COVID-19 cases in the state.
11:00 a.m. | Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued a statewide stay-at-home order. It takes effect Monday and will last through at least April 19.
11:00 a.m. | The Kansas Lottery is extending the temporary suspension of state-owned casino gaming until further notice. This is an extension of the March 17 decision to temporarily suspend state-owned casino gaming.
10:05 a.m. | Here are your morning updates.
10:00 a.m. | The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is expediting COVID-19 testing and test results for some first responders and other public health and safety professionals. Those specimens will be processed through the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory. The lab can provide results 24 hours after receiving the specimen. That is 8-9 days faster than some commercial laboratories. For testing at the state laboratory, first responders must have been in close contact with a suspected COVID-19 patient and have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.
9:00 a.m. |The Franklin County Public Health Department is reporting four new positive cases of COVID-19. This brings the Kansas county's total to six.
8:00 a.m. |Psychologists at the University of Kansas Health System are staying busy, despite the coronavirus.
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