KS reports first COVID-19 death, metro cancels slew of events in wake of virus spread

Posted at 8:35 AM, Mar 12, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, many events are being postponed or canceled, including some in the Kansas City metro.

The following updates on COVID-19 activity are from Thursday, March 11.

10:37 p.m. | Edgerton announced that all Parks and Recreation events have canceled through the end of April as well as the Low-Cost Animal Vaccine Clinic. Edgerton Municipal Court is canceled March 24 with all cases continued until April.

9:51 p.m. | Mid-Contintent Public Library announced a slew of coronavirus-related precautions in effect through April 15:

  • All programs, including storytimes, are canceled
  • Due dates are extended until April 15
  • Library-By-Mail service reduced
  • MCPL staff outreach efforts canceled
  • All room reservations canceled

9:04 p.m. | With Silverstein Eye Centers Arena closed, the Missouri State High School Activities Association announced that Saturday's Class 4 and 5 quarterfinals have moved to Blue Springs South High School. Only essential personnel will be allowed in the arena for all quarterfinal games.

  • Class 5 girls: Blue Springs vs Liberty, 1 p.m.
  • Class 5 boys: Raymore-Peculiar vs. Staley, 2:45 p.m.
  • Class 4 girls: Grain Valley vs. Lincoln Prep, 6 p.m.
  • Class 4 boys: Raytown South vs. St. Joe-Lafayette, 7:45 p.m.

8:52 p.m. | The Kansas State High School Activities Association canceled the remainder of all state basketball tournaments. Semifinals had been scheduled for Friday with third-place and championship games slated for Saturday.

8:50 p.m. | Providence Medical Center sends statement regarding a COVID-19 patient brought to the hospital Tuesday who subsequently died on Wednesday.

8:03 p.m. | Missouri and Kansas have activated COVID-19 hotlines for the general public. "Citizens or providers" in the Show-Me State should call 877-435-8411 or visit the Department of Health and Senior Services online. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has started a phone bank to answer COVID-19 questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 1-866-534-3463.

6:37 p.m. | Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says a man in his 70s from Wyandotte County has died from coronavirus. In a news conference Thursday night, Kelly said the man had been in a long-term health care facility and had underlying health conditions.

6:12 p.m. | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says the second COVID-19 case involves a patient in their 20s that had recently traveled to Austria. Parson said the person notified a Springfield, Missouri-area health agency and was evaluated in a quarantined setting. The person was evaluated and then released into self-quarantine.

5:50 p.m. | Lee's Summit Mayor Bill Baird has issued a "community advisory" in the community. The advisory includes postponing or cancelling events with more than 1,000 people for the next 30 days.

5:45 p.m. | In a letter sent to members of the Barstow School community, school president Shane Foster said that a person related to a faculty member at the school tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Foster said no students, other faculty or staff were exposed.

5:20 p.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools said its schools will be closed Friday in light of the mayor's emergency declaration. Students will be on spring break from March 16 through March 23.

4:33 p.m. | Park University said all classes will move online beginning Monday, March 16. Students living in campus housing are urged to remain at home if possible, though housing will remain open.

4:24 p.m. | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson confirmed a second case of COVID-19 in the state.

4:20 p.m. | Olathe Public Schools said its district will be closed Friday, given "the guidance we have been provided from local health departments and the amount of time necessary to deep clean the number of buildings in our district."

4:16 p.m. | The Johnson County Library said all library-sponsored programs and events are canceled, and library volunteers are asked not to report for duty. Meeting rooms will also be unavailable, and the Friends of Johnson County Library Book Sale is canceled.

4:12 p.m. | The ECHL, the hockey league in which the Kansas City Mavericks play, suspended its season "for the safety of our fans, players and employees," in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

4:10 p.m. | Metropolitan Community College said it would be closed from Thursday afternoon through the end of its spring break on March 21 "due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic."

4:05 p.m. | Cher has postponedher "Here We Go Again Tour," which includes a stop at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. The concert originally scheduled for April 18 has been moved to Oct. 2. All tickets to the April show will be honored in October, and those who cannot attend the rescheduled date should go to their point of purchase for refunds.

4 p.m. | The Hickman Mills School District tweeted this afternoon that the district is canceling all after-school events and activities indefinitely.

3:52 p.m | Rockhurst High School President David J. Laughlin has notified parents and students that there will be no school at the high school on Friday, March 13. Laughlin continued that it is extending the school's spring break through March 26, at which point, the high school will switch to "virtual" learning. The virtual learning is slated to run through April 3.

3:45 p.m. | Organizers confirm that the Naka-Kon Anime Convention, which was scheduled to begin tomorrow and continue through Sunday at the Overland Park Convention Center, has been postponed.

3:30 p.m. | The University of Missouri - Kansas City announced Thursday afternoon plans to switch to online-learning starting Monday, March 16.

3:23 p.m. | The Lawrence/Douglas County Department of Public Health says it has canceled the city's St. Patrick's Day parade.

3:22 p.m. | The NCAA announced that it has canceled all remaining winter and spring championships, including the Division 1 men's and women's basketball tournaments.

3 p.m. | The Kansas City Chiefs say they have told all non-essential personnel to work remotely for two weeks starting on Monday, March 16.

2:46 p.m. | Organizers at Planet Comicon said Thursday afternoon that due to Kansas City, Missouri's state of emergency, they are canceling the event, which was scheduled from March 20-22.

2:28 p.m. | The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has put a pause on all events beginning Thursday and lasting for the next 21 days, as directed by Mayor Quinton Lucas under the city's state of emergency. For information on tickets and events, click here.

2:22 p.m. | Major League Baseball announced it will delay opening day for at least two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns.

1:28 p.m. | The Jason Aldean country concert scheduled for Friday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia has been postponed.

1:24 p.m. | The KC Streetcar announced they have installed hand sanitizer dispensers on every streetcar for passengers and staff.

1:17 p.m. | The Shawnee Mission School District said it is preparing for a possible school closure by sending students grades 3 through 12 home for spring break with their electronic devices.

Teachers may also send students home with books or other instructional materials.

1:15 p.m. | The Kansas City Public Library said it continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. As of Thursday afternoon, all 10 library locations remained open.

The library said it plans to suspend all group activities from Friday through at least March 31. Library event spaces and meeting rooms will be unavailable for the public to book during the same time frame.

1:10 p.m. | University of Kansas Director of Athletics Jeff Long said in a statement the university has canceled all travel for its athletics teams, casting doubt on if the NCAA basketball tournament will be held.

12:55 p.m. | In a midday news conference, Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas offered additional details behind his decision earlier Thursday to declare a state of emergency for the next 21 days.


12:40 p.m. | Though Kansas City doesn't have an NHL team, fans in Kansas City will want to take note that the NHL has "paused" its season, the league announced Thursday.

12:30 p.m. | The Missouri State High School Athletics Association announced Thursday the Show-Me Showdown would continue, but with each fan base limited to 150 attendees.

12:10 p.m. | Johnson County Community College announced Thursday precautions related to the coronavirus. Starting March 14 and running through March 22, the campus will be closed - including all events and activities - during spring break.

From March 23 to March 29, the campus will remain closed. Access to the campus will be limited to essential personnel only. Campus officials plan to use this time to prepare instructors to teach in an online-only setting.

Starting March 30, all students will start online learning, with the campus remaining closed.

12:02 p.m. | In a release, officials at Kansas City's Union Station say both the station itself and Science City remain open.

11:53 a.m. | The Shawnee St. Patrick's Parade and Duck Race were canceled, according to the Irish-American Club of Johnson County. There will still be a Duck Race drawing for people who purchased tickets. It will be held at Jake's Place at 12001 Johnson Dr. on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.

11:46 a.m. | The NAIA canceled all remaining winter championship events, including ones happening currently.

11:36 a.m. | The Lee's Summit Emerald Isle Parade scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. Organizers said the Emerald Isle Pub Crawl will go on as scheduled.

11:31 a.m. | The Greater Kansas City Home Show was canceled late Thursday morning. Organizers cited Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas' emergency declaration as the reason.

"As an organization devoted to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve, we feel that it is important to take responsibility during this time of uncertainty by respecting the direction provided by our national, state, and local leadership designed to keep out fellow Kansas City metro residents safe," said Will Ruder, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City.

11:18 a.m. | The Kansas City Symphony postponed their Saturday concert, The Music of the Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards 1969, because of the state of emergency. They will be in touch with ticketholders to reschedule.

11:04 a.m. | The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced during a noon news conference that there are three new cases of COVID-19 in Johnson County, bringing the state - and county's - total number of cases to four.

11:03 a.m. | KC FilmFest International is postponing the 2020 festival from mid-April to later this summer.

11:00 a.m. | The Big 12 has announced it is canceling the remainder of its tournament.

10:57 a.m. | The SEC has announced it is canceling the remainder of its men's basketball tournament.

10:54 a.m. | The City of Independence has also issued a state of emergency.

10:45 a.m. | Major League Soccer has suspended its season.

10:26 a.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas declared a State of Emergency for the city. It will last for 21 days. All events with more than 1,000 people are canceled during the state of emergency.

10:13 a.m. | The Brookside St. Patrick's Warm-Up Parade has been canceled. Organizers said it was a difficult decision but believe it is in the best interest of the community.

9:44 a.m. | The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced they will provide a COVID-19 update in Topeka at 11 a.m.

9:34 a.m. | The Greater KC Home and Lifestyle Show has been suspended. The Home Builders Associated of Greater Kansas City said in a release that it is devoted to quality of life and want to "take great care and ensure we are providing the safest possible environment for patrons of our public events."

9:27 a.m. | Emporia State University canceled classes for next week.

7:40 a.m. | Kansas State University became the latest school to cancel in-person classes due to COVID-19. Students will switch to remote learning and are encouraged to travel back to their homes.

7:30 a.m. | The Snake Saturday Parade that takes place in North Kansas City was also canceled due to the size of the crowd that will attend. It is the first year the parade has ever been canceled, but organizers said charities will still get the money earned.

6:15 a.m. | The Kansas City St. Patrick's Day Parade was canceled amid growing fear of COVID-19 spreading in large crowds. Parade organizers will meet to discuss next steps for the event.

6:10 a.m. | The Big 12 GameDay fan experience that was set to take place on Grand Boulevard outside of the Sprint Center and at Barney Allis Plaza has been canceled. The decision came after the Big 12 announced fans would not be allowed at the remainder of tournament games and pep rallies were canceled because of fears COVID-19 could spread in the crowds.