Coronavirus: Latest developments on March 13, 2020

Posted at 11:23 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 07:33:17-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 9:41 p.m. | Theatre in the Park has postponed its indoor production of "Bill More Chill," which was scheduled to open Friday, March 20.

8:04 p.m. | Inmate visitation has been suspended indefinitely at the Platte County Detention Center.

7:55 p.m. | Johnson County announced precautionary measures related to COVID-19, which include:

  • The cancellation of all spring break camps;
  • Closing all Children's Services programs (Out of School Time, Natureplay Preschool and the Early Childhood Development Center) until further notice;
  • Cancellation of Kansas City Corporate Challenge
  • The Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center is closed until further notice;
  • Large events and gathering of more than 250 people are banned;
  • Beginning Monday, all JCPRD facilities are closed until further notice, including Ernie Miller Nature Center, Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center and Johnson County Museum, Mill Creek Activity Center, Roeland Park Sports Dome, Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, Okun Fieldhouse at Mid-America West Sports Complex, New Century Fieldhouse, Roeland Park Community Center, Lanesfield Historic Site, and 50 Plus programs at Matt Ross Community Center.

7:18 p.m. | The Kansas City Broadway Series announced that all performnces of Disney's Aladdin, which were scheduled for April 15-26 at the Kansas City Music Hall, have been postponed.

7:14 p.m. | Lee's Summit Community of Christ becomes the latest church in the Kansas City area to announce a closure related to COVID-19. All activities at the church are canceled until April 1.

7:12 p.m. | All four campuses in the University of Missouri System — University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri-St. Louis and Missouri Science and Technology in Rolla — will move to online classes only for remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

6:44 p.m. | Johnson County declares a state of emergency.

6:33 p.m. | At the recommendation of the Leavenworth County Health Department, Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie School Districts have canceled classes, athletics and all activities through March 22.

6:30 p.m. | Branson-based Silver Dollar City said Friday that it is delaying its season opening until March 28.

6:20 p.m. | Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said early Friday evening that access to the Kansas capitol building will be limited only to people conducting official business. The limitations go into effect on Monday, March 16.

Kelly added that all public events at the statehouse have been postponed.

Members of the public can watch legislative proceedings on

6:16 p.m. | Douglas County K-12 schools will be closed for 14 days due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Department said late Friday. The closure also includes recreational facilities and public libraries. It takes effect March 29.

6:15 p.m. | The Big 12 Conference announced that all conference and non-conference competitions are canceled through the end of the academic year.

5:25 p.m. | Johnson County school districts say they are in the process of deep cleaning and disinfecting buildings and school buses while students and staff are on spring break. Before their return, the six districts — which include Shawnee Mission, Olathe, Blue Valley, Spring Hill, Gardner Edgerton and De Soto — will "continue to evaluate" guidance from the state in determining whether to close schools.

5:15 p.m. | In a news conference Friday night, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced that two more Missourians have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the state's total to four cases.

5 p.m. | Jackson County has amended its state of emergency, now banning events with 250 people or more. The restriction does not apply to schools, airports or stores.

4:30 p.m. | The University of Missouri has suspended spring football practice indefinitely, including the Black and Gold Spring Game previously scheduled for April 11.

4:10 p.m. | The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas dispensed the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Despite the suspension of the obligation, all regularly scheduled services will remain open to the public for those who wish to attend. No one who is sick should go to Mass, the Archdiocese said Friday.

3:42 p.m. | A state of emergency was declared Friday in Wyandotte County, a day after a man living in Kansas City, Kansas, died of complications from COVID-19.

Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas Mayor/CEO David Alvey made the declaration Friday afternoon.

3:38 p.m. | Starting March 23, all Avila University classes will move to remote learning. The start date reflects that students will be out on spring break next week.

3:03 p.m. | The Kansas Insurance Department said Friday it has confirmed with "all major medical insurance carriers" that offer fully-insured health plans in Kansas that those insurers will waive the cost sharing for COVID-19 testing.

More information about the announcement is available on the department's website.

2:52 p.m. | As part of a Friday afternoon news conference, the City of Independence offered additional guidelines after the city declared a state of emergency Thursday. Information about the guidelines is available on the city's website.

2:40 p.m. | The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library said Friday it is canceling programs, meetings, outreach and mobile library services through March 31.

2:24 p.m. | The Lee's Summit School District, which will go on Spring Break next week, is preparing to offer virtual learning when students return from break.

2:03 p.m. | In a Friday afternoon news conference, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said 93 people in the state have tested negative for COVID-19.

1:56 p.m. | Missouri Western University is extending spring break through March 23. They will release a decision on the remainder of the semester by March 18.

1:54 p.m. | AMC Theatres will cap their movie audience at 50 percent. No theater will allow more than 250 people to comply with social distancing directives.

1:53 p.m. | The University of Missouri-Kansas City suspended all athletic events through March 30.

1:38 p.m. | The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will close March 14 through April 3.

1:33 p.m. | The Clay County Sheriff's Office announced all personal visits to Clay County Detention Center inmates are suspended, as are volunteer programs.

1:25 p.m. | Kansas City Kansas Community College extended their spring break for an extra week. School will be closed March 14-29. Virtual or hybrid learning will take place March 30 through April 10. At that point, the COVID-19 situation will be reevaluated.

All public events and non-essential KCKCC events to take place on campus through May 20 are canceled.

1:24 p.m. | The Federal

1:21 p.m. | The Riley County, Kansas, Health Department closed all scholls in USD 383 until March 30. That includes all extracurricular activities.

1:17 p.m. | The Green City Market canceled their March 14 market.

1:08 p.m. | Pittsburg State University will suspend in-person classes after today, and will begin alternate format classes on March 30.

12:49 p.m. | The City of Liberty has canceled all events with more than 1,000 attendees and many other city-sponsored activities. Those include: Silver Center activities, Liberty Access Bus trips, Community Center programs, Liberty Performing Arts Theatre events, Parks and Rec practices and games, parks shelter rentals, tours of city facilities and municipal court.

12:15 p.m. | Two firefighters who responded to the Life Care Center in Kansas City, Kansas, where a man resided before his death related to COVID-19, are now in self-isolation, sources confirmed to 41 Action News on Friday.

Noon | Children's Mercy Hospital has banned visitors as of 7 a.m. Friday. The ban includes siblings but does not include parents and guardians, though they must be free of symptoms and fever.

11:55 a.m. | Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools has canceled all sports team practices during spring break. The cancellation includes practices both at KCKPS campuses and those held at other recreational sites.

11:53 a.m. | Conception Abbey and Seminary College will take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Classes at Conception Seminary College have been suspended until Monday, March 30. All group meetings and individual retreats at the Abbey Guest Center are canceled until at least the weekend of Palm Sunday, April 4-5.

11:50 a.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, Municipal Court will postpone court hearings for defendants not in custody, excluding domestic violence, drug, mental health and veterans treatment cases, which will be held as scheduled. New court dates for continued cases will be mailed to those defendants.

11:45 a.m. | Multiple sources confirm to 41 Action News the deceased Wyandotte County man who tested positive for COVID-19 resided at the Life Care Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

11:10 a.m. | Leawood City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. All meetings, including the City Council meeting on Monday, are canceled. In a news release, the city said it has learned of a possible COVID-19 exposure but did not offer further details.

11 a.m. | The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, the largest church in the metro, says for the first time in 29 years, it will not hold public worship services this weekend. Instead, the church will offer online worship at its normal service times.

10:55 a.m. | The Kansas attorney general and Johnson County district attorney are warning residents about possible price gouging related to COVID-19. Under Kansas law, businesses are prohibited from significantly increasing items that may be more in demand due to the virus.

Updates prior to 10:45 a.m. can be found here.