COVID 19 LIVE UPDATES: Missouri Reports 1,392 New Coronavirus Cases On Sunday

Kansas City metro area health officials are grappling with how to handle continuing case count increases after reopening businesses more than two months ago.

What you need to know:

  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday the state has 70,855 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and there have been 859 deaths since the outbreak started. Kansas is now only updating COVID-19 data on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Monday that there have been 158,101 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak and 2,590 deaths.
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MONDAY

3:15 p.m. -- The Park Hill School District said a woman with close ties to student athletes in the district has passed away from COVID-19 complications. READ MORE.

2:45 p.m. -- Olathe Public Schools said Monday that a paraprofessional at Mission Trail Middle School died over the weekend from COVID-19. READ MORE.

2:40 p.m. -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 1,405 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the statewide total to 158,101 since the start of the outbreak.

There have now been 2,590 deaths across Missouri from COVID-19, which is up eight from Sunday. The DHSS said that number is not always indicative of deaths that occurred in the past 24 hours. This is based on when information was received and/or entered in the system.

[ MISSOURI COVID-19 DASHBOARD]

Missouri does not list how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

The state said it has tested a total of 2,296,674, and 105,986 were tested in the past seven days. There have been 10,768 positive cases and 56 deaths in the last week.

Looking at local numbers, the DHSS reported 13,733 (+119) confirmed cases in Kansas City, Missouri, and 9,196 (+22) cases in Jackson County. The state also lists 2,300 total cases in Clay County, 1,883 in Cass County and 909 in Platte County.

1:30 p.m. -- Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab reiterated on Monday that masks are not required to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. “As Kansas voters begin to cast their ballots for the 2020 election, our priority is to ensure every Kansan has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote,” Schwab said in a news release on Monday. “Kansas voters who choose to vote in-person will be allowed to vote, regardless of whether or not they wear a mask.” >READ MORE

12:30 p.m.-- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported an increase of 2,113 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its first update since Friday, pushing the statewide total to 72,968 since the outbreak started.

KDHE officials said Friday the death total grew by 13 to 872.

The average median age of the deaths is 79, which is steady from Friday’s reporting.

Health officials said Monday that 3,421 (+51) patients have been hospitalized since the start of the outbreak, 952(+19) were admitted to the ICU, 294 (+10) required mechanical ventilation and 2,415 (+36) patients have been discharged. The state also said it has 43% (+8%) of its ICU beds available and 82% (-3%) of its ventilators available.

The state said it has tested 598,934 people with 525,426 negative test results with an overall monthly positive test rate of 7.9%.

[ KANSAS COVID-19 COVID-19 DASHBOARD ]

Johnson County continues to have the most confirmed cases in Kansas with 13,702. Sedgwick County is the county with the second most cases with 10,927. Wyandotte County is third with 8,039 cases.

Leavenworth County – home to Lansing Correctional Facility – has 2,534 cases, and Douglas County now reports 2,602. The Douglas County case count is largely tied to increases at the University of Kansas.

Health officials said the median age of people with COVID-19 is 36, and they are monitoring 241 (+0) active outbreak clusters with 88 clusters reported in long-term care facilities.

9 am.-- A Raymore-Peculiar Elementary School teacher has tested positive for COVID-19, the school district announced on Sunday. The district said the Cass County Health Department and school district administrators have conducted contact tracing and notified individuals who were potentially exposed and need to quarantine related to this case .

8:30 a.m. -- Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported that Monday’s Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills game will go on as scheduled. Pelissero said his sources have told him that there were no new positive COVD-19 tests among players, team personnel, officials and gameday assistants. The Chiefs face the Bills in Buffalo at 4 p.m.

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7:30 a.m. -- Johnson County reported Monday morning 12,935 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started, 1,385 cases in the last 14 days and 230 cases per 100,000 people in the county over the last 14 days. The county said it has 10,191 presumed recoveries, 173 people have died, and 511 people have been hospitalized since the start of the outbreak.

Johnson County said it has tested 142,781 people with 129,846 tests coming back negative.

As of Monday, the school reopening gating criteria – the 14-day rolling total used by the county to make recommendations on how schools should reopen – remained in the orange phase and the percent positivity moving average is at 6.5%.

The county said it is monitoring 19 outbreaks at senior living care facilities. It also said that 111 people from senior living care facilities have died, which is 64.1% of the deaths in Johnson County.

7 a.m. -- The state of Kansas isn’t officially listing the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19, but local health departments across the state are keeping track.

According to numbers from Monday morning, there have been 55,242 people who have recovered from the coronavirus.

This includes 10,191 in Johnson County, 6,066 in Wyandotte County, 2,178 in Leavenworth County and 2,364 in Douglas County.

6:30 a.m. --Missouri continued to report record numbers of coronavirus cases over the weekend and the rate of positive cases remains high across the state.

On Saturday, the state reported a record 2,357 new cases of COVID-19, according to its online virus tracker. Sunday's increase of 1,768 cases was smaller but still substantial. The state now has 156,696 cases of the virus and 2,582 deaths since the pandemic began.

The state said the positivity rate for coronavirus tests over the last seven days is 19.7%, and six counties reported rates above 50%. The counties with positivity rates over 50% are Holt, New Madrid, Osage, Stoddard, Dekalb and Moniteau counties. Holt County led the state with a positivity rate of 63.2%.

Gov. Mike Parson has refused to require mask wearing in Missouri, and the state loosened most virus restrictions in mid June.

The state’s rate of new cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks registered at 399.55 and ranked tenth-highest among all the states on Saturday, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Missouri has risen over the past two weeks from 1,298.71 new cases per day on Oct. 3 to 1,528.29 new cases per day on Saturday.


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SUNDAY

1:15 p.m. -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 1,768 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 156,696 since the start of the outbreak.

There have now been 2,582 deaths across Missouri from COVID-19, which is up two from Saturday. The DHSS said that number is not always indicative of deaths that occurred in the past 24 hours. This is based on when information was received and/or entered in the system.

[ MISSOURI COVID-19 DASHBOARD]

Missouri does not list how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

The state said it has tested a total of 2,285,067, and 115,801 were tested in the past seven day. There have been 11,170 positive cases and 59 deaths in the last week.

Looking at local numbers, the DHSS reported 13,614 (+115) confirmed cases in Kansas City, Missouri, and 9,174 (+86) cases in Jackson County. The state also lists 2,300 total cases in Clay County, 1,872 in Cass County and 903 in Platte County.

7 a.m. -- A retired firefighter who was upset with Wichita's mask ordinance was arrested on suspicion of threatening to kidnap and kill the mayor of Kansas' largest city, authorities said.

Police said the 59-year-old suspect who was arrested Friday could face a charge of criminal threat, the Wichita Eagle reported.

Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple, a Democrat, said someone had read him text messages received by another city official that asked about the mayor's address and threatened his life.

“He said he was going to kidnap me and slash my throat and he needed my address because I needed to see the hangman - me and everyone who, something about tyranny,” Whipple said.

“It sounded like the person was very upset about pretty much mask mandates and he said something about not being able to see his mother because of COVID restrictions on elderly homes,” he said.

Wichita police spokesman Charley Davidson said that no other local officials are believed to have been targeted.

The arrest comes more than a week after authorities said they thwarted a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Authorities allege members of two anti-government paramilitary groups took part in plotting in that case. Six men are charged in federal court with conspiring to kidnap the Democratic governor. Eight others are charged in state court with counts including providing material support for terrorist acts.

6 a.m. -- A St. Louis nightspot is fighting a closure order for alleged violations of mask and social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Reign Restaurant, whose main owner is mayoral candidate Dana Kelly, is seeking a temporary restraining order to end the city-imposed shutdown, which began Wednesday and is set to expire Oct. 23, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The restaurant alleged in its lawsuit that it was targeted by the city because Kelly has declared her intention to run against Mayor Lyda Krewson next year. Krewson is listed as a defendant in the suit along with the acting city health director, Dr. Fredrick Echols.

The city argued in a filing Friday that residents and the general public “will be at great risk" if the restaurant is permitted to reopen. It cited photos and videos taken between Sept. 5 and Oct. 9 showing large groups of patrons and workers at the bar and dance floor who were not wearing masks or social distancing.

Deputy City Counselor Robert Dierker called the claim of political targeting “absurd” and “a fanciful allegation" in an interview with the newspaper.

Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty has set a hearing for Monday.


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SATURDAY

1:15 p.m. -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 2,357 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 154,928 since the start of the outbreak.

There have now been 2,580 deaths across Missouri from COVID-19, which is up 121 from Friday. The DHSS said that number is not always indicative of deaths that occurred in the past 24 hours. This is based on when information was received and/or entered in the system.

[ MISSOURI COVID-19 DASHBOARD]

Missouri does not list how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

The state said it has tested a total of 2,266,988, and 118,735 were tested in the past seven day. There have been 11,215 positive cases in the last week.

Looking at local numbers, the DHSS reported 13,499 (+236) confirmed cases in Kansas City, Missouri, and 9,088 (+26) cases in Jackson County. The state also lists 2,283 total cases in Clay County, 1,855 in Cass County and 888 in Platte County.


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FRIDAY

2:30 p.m. -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 2,017 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the statewide total to 152,571 since the start of the outbreak.

There have now been 2,459 deaths across Missouri from COVID-19, which is up 17 from Thursday. The DHSS said number is not always indicative of deaths that occurred in the past 24 hours. This is based on when information was received and/or entered in the system.

[ MISSOURI COVID-19 DASHBOARD]

Missouri does not list how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

The state said it has tested a total of 2,248,466 for the virus. , tested 124,219 tests in the past seven days and there have been 10,910 positive cases in the last week.

The state health department said the Kansas City region has 476 ventilators available and only 27% of the stock is currently in use. The state also reports 1,443 COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 1,371.3 average hospitalizations over the past week.

With its updated dashboard, the DHSS reports 13,263 (+162) confirmed cases in Kansas City, Missouri, and 9,062 (+85) cases in Jackson County. The state also lists 2,257 total cases in Clay County, 1,831 in Cass County and 876 in Platte County.

1:15 p.m. -- Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the KU basketball programs announced they will be holding Late Night in the Phog as a broadcast-only event on Oct. 23.

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12:30 p.m.-- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported an increase of 1,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its first update since Wednesday, pushing the statewide total to 70,855 since the outbreak started.

KDHE officials said Friday the death total grew by 21 to 859.

The average median age of the deaths is 79, which is steady from Wednesday’s reporting.

Health officials said Friday that 3,370 (+61) patients have been hospitalized since the start of the outbreak, 933 (+20) were admitted to the ICU, 284 (+4) required mechanical ventilation and 2,379 (+39) patients have been discharged. The state also said it has 35% (+3%) of its ICU beds available and 85% (+4%) of its ventilators available.

The state said it has tested 589,189 people with 518,334 negative test results with an overall monthly positive test rate of 7.6%.

[ KANSAS COVID-19 COVID-19 DASHBOARD ]

Johnson County continues to have the most confirmed cases in Kansas with 13,410. Sedgwick County is the county with the second most cases with 10,577. Wyandotte County is third with 7,917 cases.

Leavenworth County – home to Lansing Correctional Facility – has 2,487 cases, and Douglas County now reports 2,554. The Douglas County case count is largely tied to increases at the University of Kansas.

Health officials said the median age of people with COVID-19 is 36, and they are monitoring 241 (+0) active outbreak clusters with 88 clusters reported in long-term care facilities.

11:45 a.m. -- Kearney High School announced Friday that two football games have been canceled because of “exposure to COVID-19.”

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8:30 a.m. -- Business is booming for one segment of the economy in Kansas during the coronavirus pandemic: liquor stores.

The Wichita Eagle reports that tax collections on liquor sales at stores are up 17.9% from July to September compared to last year, according to data from the Kansas Department of Revenue.

It’s not just Kansas.

The data organization Nielsen says liquor sales at stores are up 22.7% nationwide from March 1 through mid-September compared to the same time last year. The surge in alcohol sales comes as bars and restaurants have taken a severe hit due to the pandemic.

8 a.m. -- Twelve more inmates at the jail in St. Louis County have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of current detainees with the coronavirus to 32.

Officials decided to test all 898 inmates after an outbreak was discovered on Oct. 2. As of Thursday, test results were pending for 103 inmates, St. Louis County Health Department spokeswoman Sara Dayley said.

Most of the inmates have no symptoms, but three were experiencing mild symptoms, Dayley said.

An inmate tested positive for the coronavirus during routine screening on Oct. 2, prompting the facility-wide testing. Officials are still trying to determine the source of the outbreak.

“Until the latest cluster of cases, DPH had detected no evidence of transmission of the virus within the facility,” Daley said in a news release.

Prior to October, the jail had reported 37 cases among inmates and 24 among employees. All of the earlier cases were traced to those bringing the virus with them once they entered the jail.

Missouri is among several states seeing a surge in new virus cases. On Friday, the state reported 2,017 new cases and 17 additional deaths. Missouri has reported 152,571 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,459 deaths since the onset of the pandemic.

7:30 a.m. -- Johnson County reported Friday morning 12,744 (+133) cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started, 1,391 cases in the last 14 days and 231 cases per 100,000 people in the county over the last 14 days. The county said it has 9,989 presumed recoveries, 171 (+0) people have died, and 501 (+4) people have been hospitalized since the start of the outbreak.

Johnson County said it has tested 141,469 people with 128,725 tests coming back negative.

As of Friday, the school reopening gating criteria – the 14-day rolling total used by the county to make recommendations on how schools should reopen – remained in the orange phase and the percent positivity moving average is at 6.2%.

The county said it is monitoring 19 outbreaks at senior living care facilities. It also said that 111 people from senior living care facilities have died, which is 64.9% of the deaths in Johnson County.

7:15 a.m. -- Wyandotte County is reporting Friday morning 7,591 (+40) confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started, with 39 (+0) patients currently hospitalized and 216 (+5) probable cases. The county said 145 (+2) people have died from the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak.

The county’s COVID-19 indicates which ZIP codes have the most recent cases. Over a 14-day period the 66109 ZIP code had 113 cases, followed by 66106 with 107, 66102 with 90 and 66104 with 81.

Wyandotte County does not list hospital capacity numbers on its dashboard.

7 a.m. -- The state of Kansas isn’t officially listing the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19, but local health departments across the state are keeping track.

According to numbers from Friday morning, there have been 54,560 people who have recovered from the coronavirus.

This includes 9,853 in Johnson County, 6,066 in Wyandotte County, 2,147 in Leavenworth County and 2,343 in Douglas County.

6 a.m. -- The number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus in Missouri reached another record Thursday, and the seven-day average positivity rate was more than triple the benchmark suggested by the World Health Organization.

The state health department’s COVID-19 dashboard showed other alarming numbers, too: 1,875 new confirmed cases and 22 deaths. According to the dashboard, Missouri ranks fourth nationally in reported deaths over the past seven days, and eighth in the number of new cases. All told, Missouri has reported 150,554 confirmed cases and 2,442 deaths since the pandemic began.

On average, 1,500 new cases have been reported every day for the past week in Missouri, according to state data.

The state's seven-day positivity rate was 17.9%. The national seven-day positivity rate was at 5.1%, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The WHO has set 5% as the benchmark.

Meanwhile, 1,443 people were hospitalized in Missouri on Wednesday, setting a new record for the third straight day. Hospitalizations have risen dramatically since the state loosened restrictions in mid-June. On June 16, 626 people were hospitalized, and that number dropped to 375 on July 7. It has nearly quadrupled since then.

“The entire Midwest is seeing an increase in cases right now, including Missouri,” said Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 but was asymptomatic. “We have also seen an increase in hospitalizations, but again overall our health care system is still stable and meeting the demand.”

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams also emphasized that the surge isn’t just happening in Missouri. Several other Midwestern states are seeing rising numbers of cases and hospitalizations - evidence of the need for people to continue to take the risk of the virus seriously, he said.

“Originally the hope was that as summer came it would burn itself out, or that these respiratory viruses tend to have kind of a rise and decrease, that that’s not been our reality internationally or nationally with COVID,” Williams said.

Williams on Thursday rolled out the state’s plan for distributing a vaccine once one becomes available. He warned that supplies of the vaccine will be limited, so the state plans to prioritize vaccines for those at risk of spreading the virus to vulnerable populations, including health care and long-term care workers.

Four regions - Kansas City and northwestern, central and northeastern Missouri - reached record hospitalization levels. Two others - southwestern and southeastern Missouri - fell just short of records set over the past week. Only the St. Louis region, which was by far the hardest-hit area of the state early in the pandemic - was well below record numbers. St. Louis and St. Louis County both have implemented far stricter guidelines on face coverings and social distancing than those required statewide by Parson.

Dr. Marc Larsen, who oversees the COVID-19 response at Kansas City-based St. Luke’s Health System, said the system’s rural hospitals are seeing surges just as bad as the hospital on the Plaza in Kansas City.

“Early on in this pandemic it was felt that this was a big city problem, and now this is stretching out into the rural communities where I think there has not been as much emphasis on masking and distancing, because it hasn’t affected them to that point,” Larsen said.

Parson has often encouraged Missourians to wear masks, practice social distancing and practice hand hygiene, but he has adamantly opposed any mandates.

Adding to the problem is the fact that many COVID-19 patients end up with far longer hospital stays than other patients. Larsen said patients requiring admission to the intensive care unit typically stay 15 days - three times longer than the average for non-coronavirus patients. About one-third of COVID-19 patients at St. Luke’s end up in the ICU.

Williams said that with the onset of the flu season, it’s especially imperative that people take precautions to help keep hospitals from becoming overburdened. He encouraged Missourians to get flu shots.


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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Source : https://www.kmbc.com/article/covid-19-live-updates-coronavirus-in-kansas-city-kansas-missouri-10192020/34412595

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