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:
- Limited quantity of vaccine would be available before the end of year
- Large number of doses available
- 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 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
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.
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
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.
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 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
- 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.
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!
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.