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December 9, 2020

#TOGETHERLS

Welcome to the Covering COVID-19 Community Briefing

This twice-monthly digest of information will help keep you up to date as we work together to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing will provide:

  • state and county health updates and measures the City is taking to keep residents as safe as possible
  • reliable and factual information sources to use when seeking facts about this public health crisis
  • reminders about things happening in our community and ideas to keep you entertained

Holiday Safety

The holidays are right around the corner. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones during COVID-19 is to celebrate at home with members of your household.

Check out these tips for safely celebrating the holidays this fall and winter season.

Source: Jackson County Health Department

COVID-19 Data Tracker

Wondering what’s happening in your community? Use CDC’s COVID Data Tracker’s new County View tab to help you make decisions about your everyday activities. Track your county’s data or any county in the United States.

View COVID-19 cases, deaths, laboratory testing, and more for your community all in one convenient location. Find out about emerging hot spots or where the virus appears to be spreading more slowly.

Quarantine Update

The CDC has provided additional quarantine options for those exposed to COVID-19 that are shorter than the current 14-day recommendation. The acceptable alternatives include:

  • 10 days without testing and no symptoms
  • 7 days with negative test and no symptoms

The CDC notes that a 14-day quarantine is still the most effective option. But acknowledges a shorter quarantine period could reduce the burden on people and businesses and lead to higher compliance.

COVID-19 Vaccine Hub

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has launched a COVID-19 vaccine website. It provides information on the vaccine approval process and most importantly, information on the phased approach to vaccinations once the vaccine becomes available.

Know the Facts

A person with COVID-19 can spread it without showing any symptoms and asymptomatic cases are common. Persons may have COVID-19 and not know it, so #WearAMask to help stop the spread.

Update from the Governor

Governor Parson Announces Partnership with Health Care Services Company Vizient to Expand Statewide Hospital Capacity

As hospitals across Missouri continue to face staffing challenges due to COVID-19, Governor Mike Parson today announced a 12-week partnership with Vizient, the nation’s leading health care performance improvement company, to bring in additional staff and further expand statewide hospital capacity.

“Since the start of COVID-19, we have continually monitored Missouri’s statewide health care system and focused on supporting our hospitals and health care workers as much as possible,” Governor Parson said. “Staffing continues to be one of the biggest challenges right now, and we are currently doing everything we can at the state level to assist.”

Get Your Flu Shot

Help stop the spread of flu this year. We all #FightFlu! There’s still time to get your flu shot!

COVID-19 Dashboards

Mid-America Regional Council COVID-19 Dashboard

Jackson County COVID-19 Dashboard

View cases by demographics and zip code, hospitalizations, testing, deaths, outbreaks and more.

Need to Get Tested?

Free Testing Sites Are Available in Lee's Summit

The City maintains a webpage with local testing site information and registration links from around the metro.

Jackson County Health Department provides free COVID-19 testing events Monday through Friday within the county. Their Lee's Summit testing event is held at the former water treatment facility at 616 NE Douglas. Testing takes place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day for both asymptomatic and symptomatic persons. Registration closes at 2:30 p.m. the day prior to each clinic.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). Two free COVID-19 drive-thru testing events are offered at the former water treatment facility located at 616 NE Douglas. Testing is held every Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. until December 12. This test site can take up to 500 registrations per day and from personal experience, it takes only 10 minutes for the whole process.

Here's Something You CAN Do

Help Others in Their COVID-19 Fight

A convalescent plasma donation collects plasma from COVID-19 survivors whose blood contains antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. The Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City is the primary supplier of blood and blood products to hospitals in Jackson County and the Kansas City Metro area.

Council Update

Summit Creek Development. City Council advanced an ordinance to second reading that would approve a rezoning request and preliminary development plan for Summit Creek, a residential development near M-150 Highway and M-291 Highway. The development would consist of twin villas and four-unit villas, totaling 184 units. The developer expects the price of the villas to start in the $350,000 range. The approval came with conditions to address sanitary sewer improvements.

CARES Act Funding. City Council heard a presentation reviewing CARES Act funding and how that funding has been dispersed. Lee’s Summit received $5,921,527 in CARES Act funding to cover necessary expenses based on six categories: medical, public health, payroll expenses, compliance with public health measures, economic support and other related expenses. These expenses included items such as personal protective equipment, air filtration upgrades and expanded sick leave. The City allocated $710,000 to provide assistance to 62 small businesses as well as non-profit organizations.

Arts Council. City Council approved Mayor Bill Baird’s appointment of Jeff Bertoncin to replace Jen Steller on the Arts Council. His term will expire in July 2021.

Property Taxes

Did you know the City benefits when you pay your taxes via City Hall?

Pay your Jackson County personal property, business and real estate tax bills at City Hall (either in person or by using the drop boxes) and the City receives 1% of the tax dollars collected for acting as an agent for Jackson County.

Pay In Person at City Hall

Taxpayers benefit by receiving tax receipts immediately upon payment.

Treasury Hours. Normal Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed December 24 - 25)

Extended Business Hours: December 28, 29, 30 and 31, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

In-Person Payment Types. Payments received at Treasury can be in the form of cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express. A non-refundable 2.25% service fee is charged if using a credit or debit card. There is no fee for cash or check. Checks should be made payable to Jackson County Collector.

"No Contact" Drop Boxes

No Line. Available 24/7. Place an envelope containing the full tax bill and check payment in one of the convenient drop boxes located outside the north entrance of City Hall or in the drive-thru drop box in the alley behind City Hall, near the Fire Station. Tax receipts for payments received via the drop boxes will be mailed to payees within four days. To receive a receipt via email within two days, print your email address clearly on the bill or envelope.

Statement Corrections

Treasury can assist taxpayers with an incorrect tax statement. To avoid long lines bring incorrect statements to Treasury for correction prior to the last week of December. Please note, titles, registrations or proof of sale documents are required for billing corrections.

Playground Opens at Lowenstein Park

Parks and Recreation is happy to announce the opening of the playground at Lowenstein Park.

“The transformation of Lowenstein Park is almost complete and the finished product is amazing,” said Joe Snook, LSPR administrator. “The opening of the playgrounds, along with the fitness area, create a play space for all ages.”

The playground has two separate play areas for different ages:

Ages 2 - 5 | The play area has synthetic turf surfacing with mounds and a tunnel, slides, swings, spinner and caterpillar rock climb area with tree stump steppers.

Ages 5 -12 | Features a 24-foot tower with slides and multiple platform play areas. It also includes a swing set, climbing rock, spinners and more!

Holiday Marketplace

Looking for a unique gift or stocking stuffer?

Give the gift of Lee's Summit!

  • Landmark Tervis Cup
  • Mug
  • Tumbler
  • Swag Socks
  • Trucker/Baseball Caps
  • LS Knit Scarf
  • Short/Long Sleeve T-Shirts
  • Zippered Padfolio
  • LS Mask
  • Koozie

All items can be purchased at Treasury in the lobby of City Hall.

Beat the Freeze

There's no reason to let those pipes freeze! Allowing cold water to drip from faucets - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing! Visit LSWater.net for more winterization tips.

Ignite Comprehensive Plan

Neighbors Fuel Our Future at Community Workshops

Thank you to all who participated in the virtual comprehensive plan community workshops November 16 - 19. Lee’s Summit had great involvement from throughout the City with participants representing all City Council districts in the workshops.

Check Out Five BIG Ideas for Lee’s Summit

Have you heard about the Five BIG IDEAS that are fueling Lee’s Summit’s future? Material presented at the community workshops is now available. Check out the series of short videos that explain the Five BIG IDEAS. Tell us what you think is most important for Lee’s Summit’s successful future.

The Time is Now

If you haven’t had a chance to participate in shaping Lee’s Summit’s Comprehensive Plan, several opportunities await this month. In addition to the workshop material and input about BIG IDEAS, provide feedback for your community’s future in a:

  • Short survey on topics, such as quality of life, neighborhoods and housing, resilient economy, and more!
  • Forum discussion, where you can comment about transportation, infrastructure, quality of life and other areas of importance to our community.
  • Conversation Kit for your small group, even for virtual meetings. Here’s your chance to talk about your favorite city – Lee’s Summit of course! The downloadable Conversation Kit has three activities with conversation prompts and simple instructions for each. Conversation kit activities can be conducted virtually with your small group. Share your group’s involvement on social media by using #WeIgniteLS!

Get the Scoop in Two Minutes!

Your weekly flash briefing is here. Get a snapshot of what's happening this week in Lee's Summit. Take a listen!

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 information is rapidly changing and we encourage everyone to visit the City's COVID-19 information page.