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
What to Consider Before Going Out
As we see COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the CDC is asking everyone to think about a few questions before going out:
- How many people will you interact with?
- Can you social distance?
- Will you be outdoors or indoors?
- How long will you be interacting with other people?
If you do plan to go out, the CDC says to make sure you have a mask, tissues and hand sanitizer.
Warning About Winter Sports
The Jackson County Health Department updated its school guidance on indoor extracurricular activities including winter sports. “The chance of widespread transmission and/or exposure in schools is higher if these activities are performed, especially when spectators are allowed.” The department noted it may be harder to take proper precautions with indoor sports such as basketball and wrestling and also warned about activities like choir, band and theater performances. If winter sports are allowed, the Jackson County Health Department recommended limiting spectators or not allowing them at all.
What to Do if You Have Symptoms of COVID-19
If you have one or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Follow the steps below. However, if you have any emergency warning signs (such as trouble breathing) seek emergency medical care right away.
1) Stay Away from Other People
- Stay home (except to get medical care).
- Keep apart from others in your household as much as possible.
- Use a separate room and bathroom, if possible.
- Wear a face mask over your nose, mouth and chin if you need to be around others. You do not need to wear one if you are in a room alone.
- Ask friends or family to do grocery runs or other errands on your behalf.
- Tell your close contacts that you have been feeling ill and it's possible they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
2) Monitor Your Health
- Keep an eye on your symptoms.
- Follow all instructions given to you by your health care provider.
- Call ahead before visting a doctor, or meet via telehealth.
3) Keep it Clean
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the used tissue away in a lined trash can. Then wash your hands immediately.
- Wash your hands well and often with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean high-touch surfaces daily, especially in the room and bathroom you’re using.
- Do not share personal items.
4) Get Tested
Source: Jackson County Health Department
Upcoming COVID-19 Testing Sites
Thursday, November 12 | The View Community Center, 13500 Byars Rd, Grandview
Friday, November 13 | Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St., Blue Springs
Monday, November 16 | 616 NE Douglas St., Lee's Summit
Tuesday, November 17 | The View Community Center, 13500 Byars Rd, Grandview, MO 64030
Wednesday, November 18 | Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St., Blue Springs, MO 64014
Need to Get Tested in Lee's Summit?
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is holding FREE COVID-19 testing events at the former water treatment facility located at 616 NE Douglas St. Testing events are every Thursday and Friday until December 12. This location has up to 500 appointments available each day. Registration is required.
Both symptomatic and asymptomatic persons can be tested. Testing will be conducted using a self-administered nasal swab that allows you to swab your own nose, supervised by trained medical volunteers.
- Thursday, November 12
- Friday, November 13
- Thursday, November 19
- Friday, November 20
Are You a Daycare Provider?
CARES Act Funding to Assist Daycare Providers
The Department of Health and Senior Services, Section for Child Care Regulation has been allocated $10 million in COVID-19 relief funds to reimburse child care providers (licensed, license-exempt, and exempt from licensure) for additional costs associated with necessary COVID-19 expenses. The maximum allowed is based on provider categories which can be found in the FAQ’s. Providers must have a Department Vendor Number (DVN) to qualify for COVID-19 relief funds reimbursement. – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 15.
Lee’s Summit Airport Virtual Open House
The Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport is preparing for the next phase in its history and wants your help! The airport is in the process of updating its Master Plan and Business Plan, which will define goals and objectives and establish a strategy to guide airport development for the next 20 years.
Get involved in the planning process right now by participating in a 3D virtual open house. There are eight stations, featuring exhibits and audio recordings that break down demand projections, facility requirements and progress on both plans. Get involved today!
Postcards From Santa
Let your little ones know that Santa is thinking of them this holiday season with a personalized message from Mr. Claus himself. Families can submit a request for a postcard from Santa online until December 4. The elves at Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street will mail one postcard to each household at no charge starting the week of December 14.
Needing a little inspiration? Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street has put together an awesome holiday gift guide to keep you on your budget and shopping local this holiday season.
Experience the Holiday Lights in Downtown Lee's Summit
To ensure a safe holiday experience for all, there will not be an in-person program and gathering for the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Guests are welcome to drive or walk through downtown to enjoy the holiday lights, live window displays, and holiday shopping from 6 - 8 p.m. on November 20. A virtual program featuring greetings from Mayor Baird and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be broadcast via Facebook Live at 5:45 p.m. on the Downtown Lee’s Summit Facebook page.
“The Mayor’s Tree Lighting has been a community tradition for over 30 years. To keep our community safe, we changed the format of the event to allow families to safely experience the magic of the holiday lights, either from their home, vehicle, or while walking through downtown,” shared Donnie Rodgers, Jr., executive director of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street.
Enjoy the Outdoors!
It’s been an exciting time for Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation! Summit Ice is now officially open for the season. You can enjoy a public skate or pond hockey. There’s also learn-to-skate classes! Given the current pandemic, you’ll have to wear a mask, social distance and it’s encouraged to register for public skate sessions ahead of time at LSParks.net.
That wasn’t the only big news for LSPR. Outdoor fitness equipment is now open at Lowenstein Park. There are 20 fitness stations that can be used during park hours. There’s a kiosk that will offer instructional videos and there will also be fitness classes offered at Lowenstein Park.
Take Me Home
The Lee's Summit Police Department is proud to announce a new program to help keep our citizens safe.
Take Me Home is a program that was originally developed by the Pensacola Florida Police Department for people who may need special assistance in times of emergency. This kind of assistance may be required if the person is unable to speak or properly identify themselves, or if they become disoriented or act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders or law enforcement officers.
The system includes a current digital picture, demographic information and caregiver contacts. If a police officer encounters a person in the Take Me Home system, the officer can query the database by searching a name or by the person’s physical description. Once the individual’s Take Me Home record has been located, the officer has the information at hand to appropriately assist the person.