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October 28, 2020

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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

Missouri COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

In response to the CDC requirement that each state submit a vaccination plan by October 16, a COVID-19 Vaccination Planning Team was formed in August. The statewide team includes Lee's Summit Assistant Fire Chief Dan Manley.

The team's planning efforts were based upon CDC guidance to anticipate a phased availability of vaccines:

  1. Limited quantity of vaccine would be available before the end of year
  2. Large number of doses available
  3. Sufficient for routine vaccination efforts

During the first phase of vaccination, priority will be given to high-risk populations including health care workers, people with chronic conditions, law enforcement and those providing critical infrastructure. During phase 2, the vaccination efforts expand to broader populations.

Currently, the CDC is reviewing the plan. It is expected they will be providing recommendation for revision or approval of the plan the week of October 26.

COVID-19 Transmission

The CDC has updated its guidance about COVID-19 and what constitutes close contact. The CDC had previously defined close contact as standing within six feet of a person with a confirmed case for at least 15 consecutive minutes. The language has now changed to 15 cumulative minutes over a 24 hour span. So multiple, brief exposures to someone with COVID-19 could potentially transmit the virus according to the updated guidance from the CDC.

Again, the best way to protect yourself is to wear a mask, social distance, disinfect frequently touched surfaces and wash your hands! The Jackson County Health Department calls it the Swiss Cheese Model, with each strategy providing extra protection.

CDC: COVID-19 Long-Term Effects

CDC is actively working to learn more about the whole range of short- and long-term health effects associated with COVID-19. As the pandemic unfolds, we are learning that many organs besides the lungs are affected by COVID-19 and there are many ways the infection can affect someone’s health.

COVID-19 Halloween Safety Tips

Decorating pumpkins, picking out a costume and eating candy are just a few things that make Halloween so fun. While some traditions may look different this year, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday while staying safe from COVID-19. This Halloween, be prepared, not scared.

Consider the following risk levels when deciding on your Halloween plans this year:

Low Risk: Celebrating virtually or within your own household

Medium Risk: Small outdoor costume parties with individuals from a few households who stay six feet apart, wear masks, and do not share objects.

High Risk: Medium or large in-person indoor celebrations where it is difficult to stay six feet apart.

Source: Jackson County Health Department

Halloween Activities

October 30

Haunted Candy Cruise | 6 - 8 p.m. Pink Hill Park, Blue Springs | FREE

Halloween Virtual Boo Bash | 6:30 p.m. Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch, kclibrary.orgFREE

October 31

Boo at the Zoo | 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Kansas City Zoo, kansascityzoo.org/events | Admission Fee

Pumpkins, Corn Mazes and Farms

Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch | 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (time-slotted reservations). 17607 NE 52nd, Liberty. carolynscountrycousins.com.

Faulkner’s Ranch Pumpkin Season | 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday (time-slotted reservations). 10600 Raytown Road. faulknersranch.com.

Liberty Corn Maze | 5 - 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, (time-slotted reservations). 17607 NE 52nd, Liberty. libertycornmaze.mazeplay.com.

Planning to Give Out Candy this Halloween?

Take steps to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 and the flu. If trick-or-treating:

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask.

Let’s look out for each other as we celebrate.

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.

Upcoming COVID-19 Testing Sites

Thursday, October 29 | Connection Point Church, 10500 E State Rte 350, Raytown, MO 64138

Friday, October 30 | St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 603 N Jennings Rd, Independence, MO 64056

Monday, November 2 | 616 NE Douglas St., Lee's Summit, MO 64063

Tuesday, November 3 | Metro Christian Fellowship Church, 2217 High Grove Rd., Grandview, MO 64030

Wednesday, November 4 | Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St., Blue Springs, MO 64014

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has added FREE COVID-19 testing events in Lee's Summit. Registration is required. Testing will be conducted using a self-administered nasal swab that allows you to swab your own nose, supervised by trained medical volunteers. Results are delivered within three to five business days.

  • Thursday, October 29
  • Friday, October 30
  • Thursday, November 5
  • Friday, November 6
  • Thursday, November 12

Boo to the Flu

Flu season is here and the fact is that the flu can be scary; especially for the ones we love most. Everyone aged six months and older needs a flu vaccine to stay healthier this fall. The Jackson County Health Department explains why:

  • The flu is dangerous. The flu is different from the everyday cold. It can last two weeks or more and cause serious complications such as pneumonia.
  • Getting your flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu. The flu vaccine reduces your chance of getting sick with the flu. Studies also show that getting a flu vaccine lowers your chances of becoming seriously ill or hospitalized from the flu.
  • It saves lives and protects those on the front line. Getting a flu vaccine could save someone else from getting seriously ill. Babies and young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older, and those with certain medical conditions - are all at increased risk of complications from flu.

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 $10,000,000 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.

Need a Flu Shot?

It’s not too late! Getting your flu shot every year is always a good idea, but it’s extra important this year. Sign up for a low-cost flu shot clinic happening this week:

Friday, October 30 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Independence

MoDOT Wants Your Input

Beginning in 2022, MoDOT will be replacing the U.S. 50 bridges over Chipman Rd. in Lee's Summit. MoDot is encouraging residents to review the materials on the project and submit comments and questions via the webform on the project page no later than November 4.

Countdown to the November 3 General Election

Need to get your mail-in ballot notarized? Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street is offering free notary services for mail-in ballots at their office located at 13 SE Third St.

Mail-In Ballots

  • Mail-in ballots do not require a reason but do require a notary and must be returned by mail and received by the Jackson County Election Board by 7 p.m. on November 3

Voting Absentee

  • Requires an eligible reason for voting absentee
  • Absentee ballots can be returned by mail or in person at 112 N Liberty St., Independence, Mo by 7 p.m. on November 3
  • Absentee voting can be done in person until 5 p.m. November 2 at 110 N. Liberty St., Independence, Mo. Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Not sure where your voting poll is located? Visit Jackson County Election Board to find your voting location. Voters can also view a sample ballot. A letter notifying you of your polling location will be mailed one week before the election.

In the News

Lee’s Summit Noted Among U.S. Cities With Fastest Economic Growth

A study by WalletHub shows that Kansas City, Mo. landed in the middle of the pack among 66 of the largest U.S. cities at 36, while Lee’s Summit ranked in the upper quarter for fastest economic growth among small U.S. cities.

A number of Kansas City-area cities are included in WalletHub’s new ranking of the U.S. cities with the fastest economic growth. However, only three local cities ranked in the top half of the 515 municipalities evaluated.

Of the three cities, Lee’s Summit is the leader in economic growth, placing 44th among small cities and 148th overall. With an estimated population of 98,461, it’s also the smallest city in the metro to be ranked.

Lee's Summit Police Department Launches Mental Health Co-Responder Program

The Police Department has launched a co-responder pilot program in partnership with ReDiscover to provide additional assistance and resources to officers responding to calls with a behavioral health component. An outreach clinical specialist with ReDiscover will work full-time at the Police Department and serve as a co-responder.

Register today for one of the upcoming virtual community workshops to influence the City’s comprehensive plan, which will guide future development in Lee’s Summit. These interactive workshops will be held by City Council district the week of November 16.

The virtual meetings will provide opportunities to discuss specific topics such as quality of life, housing, economy, transportation, infrastructure and the environment. We want as many people to participate in this important process as possible so share the news with friends and family!

Shape the City’s Vision for the Future!

While the virtual community workshops don’t begin until next month, you can get involved in the comprehensive planning process today and give your thoughts and ideas! There are surveys available at IgniteOurFuture.net along with a discussion forum and conversation kits. We want to hear from you!

We’ve also gone more in-depth on each element of the plan on the City’s Green Street Beat podcast. Each episode is about 30 minutes or less and gives more information about why each element is important as we work to shape the City’s future.

A Look Ahead

Summit Ice to Open Nov. 3

Be sure to check out the COVID-19 protocols and public skate sessions at summitice.net.

Mistletoe Madness | Nov. 6 & 7

Mistletoe Madness will be held November 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Gamber Community Center located at 4 SE Independence Avenue. Entry to Mistletoe Madness is FREE.

Holiday Open House in Downtown Lee's Summit | Nov. 6 & 7

The Holiday Open House will be hosted Downtown Lee's Summit November 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.! With over 20 downtown business participating, you're sure to get your holiday shopping started early.

Dispose of Pumpkins

Help the Lee’s Summit Resource Recovery Park contribute to a GREEN Halloween!

Get the Scoop in Two Minutes!

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COVID-19 Resources

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