October 14, 2020


Welcome to the Covering COVID-19 Community Briefing

This bi-weekly 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

Reducing COVID-19 Risk Indoors

Fall brings cooler temperatures which means more time spent indoors. Although socializing indoors presents a higher risk of COVID-19, there are a few ways to help reduce the risk.

COVID-19 Snapshot News

Johnson & Johnson paused it's COVID-19 vaccine study due to an unexplained illness in a participant. It's not uncommon for pauses to happen during a clinical trial of this scale (60,000 people).

A 25-year-old Nevada man has become the first published case of COVID-19 reinfection in the U.S., according to the Lancent Infectious Diseases medical journal.

The NFL tightens its COVID-19 guidance to teams, saying all players and coaches must be tested on the day of games.

CDC: Mask 101

DYK? Cloth masks should be washed after each use. It is important to always wear and remove your mask correctly. Wash your hands after wearing, handling or touching your mask. Masks, when combined with other everyday steps like staying six feet apart and washing your hands often, help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Jackson County Revised Health Order

The Jackson County Health Department released a revised health order effective October 9. The order aligns indoor and outdoor gatherings and states all gatherings should not exceed 100 people unless attendees wear a face covering and maintain six feet of distance between individuals. At gatherings of less than 100 people, masks are required to be worn at all times indoors (except private residences) and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained.

All gatherings exceeding 100 people are required to submit a Gathering Protocol at least 72 business hours in advance of an event. The Gathering Protocol must be approved by Jackson County and easily accessible to all attendees.

Wash Your Hands

According to new study done by the CDC, during the pandemic U.S. adults were more likely to wash their hands in certain situations than before. Progress has not been the same for everyone. Roughly one out of four people still don’t wash their hands after coughing sneezing or blowing their nose.

Take Care of Your Mask

What should you do if your face mask gets wet? Health experts warn that damp or wet weather could make face coverings less effective. A wet mask may make it difficult to breathe. The CDC encourages you to throw away face masks that “become moist, damaged, visibly soiled, or difficult to breathe through.”

COVID-19 Transmission Update

The CDC updated its guidelines October 5 to say COVID-19 can be spread by airborne transmission. "There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 seem to have infected others who were more than six feet away. These transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation." However, the CDC says that the greatest risk of infection is through close contact (within six feet) with an infected person.

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.

COVID-19 Testing

Jackson County Health Department

  • Do not need to be a resident
  • Clinics run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or while supplies last
  • Registration closes at 2 p.m. the day prior to each clinic

Thursday, October 15 | Connection Point Church, 10500 E State Rte 350, Raytown, MO

Friday, October 16 | Unity of Independence, 14304 East 39th St. S, Independence, MO

Monday, October 19 | 616 NE Douglas St., Lee's Summit, MO 64063

Tuesday, October 20 | Metro Christian Fellowship Church, 2217 High Grove Rd., Grandview, MO 64030

Wednesday, October 21 | Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St., Blue Springs, MO 64014

Hy-Vee Pharmacy Drive-Thru Locations

Free COVID-19 testing has expanded to more than 150 Hy-Vee Pharmacy drive-thru locations.

  • Testing is offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings
  • Times vary at locations
  • Testing limited to patients age 3 years and older

Need a Flu Shot?

The Jackson County Health Department is hosting several quick and convenient flu vaccination clinics throughout October. Advance registration is required.

Check out jacohd.org/events for upcoming vaccination clinics.


Have a COVID-19 question for the Jackson County Health Department? You can submit your question using an online form and the health department will provide an answer. It's fast and easy!

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

  • October 21 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot
  • 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
  • To receive an absentee ballot by mail, it must be requested by 5 p.m. on October 21
  • 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.

The countdown is on! Mark your calendars and register to join one of our virtual Comprehensive Plan Community Workshops the week of November 16, 2020.

These interactive meetings will provide opportunities to discuss specific topics like quality of life, housing, economy, transportation, infrastructure and the environment and provide input that will continue to influence the Comprehensive Plan and Lee’s Summit’s future.

What's Your Passion?

Lee’s Summit residents, you will want to share your thoughts about this.

The City is actively engaged in an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. This plan affects every resident & guides physical land development, housing options, modes of transportation and the preservation of our environment. It’s easy to give your input via the online discussion forum or one of the many surveys.

Let’s do this Lee’s Summit!

Making Lee’s Summit a Destination

Cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset. Making Lee’s Summit a destination. Building off our success in health and education. These are all things the City is thinking about as it looks to strengthen the local economy for the future. Director of Economic Research at the Missouri Department of Economic Development Jeff Pinkerton weighs in on Lee's Summit's economy and opportunities to ensure our City remains a great place to live and work.The latest episode of the Green Street Beat podcast dives in deeper.

Does Your Tap Water Have a Taste or Odor?

Have you noticed a difference in the taste and odor of your tap water? 💧 KC Water has advised Lee's Summit Water Utilities that low water levels in the Missouri River have caused KC Water to adjust their water treatment process, which can affect the taste and odor of tap water. This condition is likely to continue until water levels rise in the Missouri River and prior treatment processes can resume.

This does NOT affect the water quality and safety. The water meets or exceeds all state and federal drinking water safety requirements. Both KC Water and Lee's Summit Water Utilities perform continuous monitoring and extensive laboratory testing of drinking water to ensure its safety and quality.

To reduce the impact on customers, Lee's Summit Water Utilities is maximizing the amount of water supplied from Independence up to the full amount allowed by contract. However, due to demand, water supply from KC Water cannot be completely eliminated.

Street Closures due to Emergency Railroad Repairs

Union Pacific Railroad will perform emergency track repairs on Thursday, October 15. Third Street will be closed at the crossing from 9 a.m. to noon. Traffic will be detoured via Fourth Street.

Second Street will be closed at the crossing from 9 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. Traffic will be detoured via Main St. to Fourth St. to Jefferson St.

Future Construction Project

U.S. 50 Highway Bridge Replacement in 2022

MoDOT plans to replace the U.S. 50 bridges over Chipman Road. The project is anticipated to begin in spring/summer 2022 and be completed by winter 2022-2023.

  • Phase 1 will require a five-month closure of Chipman Road beginning spring and summer of 2022
  • Phase 2 will have intermittent ramp impacts as well as Chipman Road impacts for approximately four months

This project is funded though MoDOT’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

Lee's Summit Fire Department

Now Hiring Firefighter/Paramedic

Do you have what it takes to be a firefighter with the Lee's Summit Fire Department? Apply today and join a department committed to excellence.

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.