Welcome to the Covering COVID-19 Community Briefing
This 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
We must continue to come together as a community while staying apart. Residents are asked to stay at home except to obtain or provide essential services. Essential activities are those essential to a person's health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets). We know this is the most effective way to protect our families, friends and community.
The best way to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Continue to follow the state and county’s stay-at-home orders and only leave home to seek medical care, report to an essential job, shop for essentials or spend time outdoors (maintaining six feet or more from others).
Don't touch your mask. Much like you’re constantly hearing, “Don’t touch your face,” the same applies to your mask. As you go about your business wearing it, avoid touching it. If you do touch it, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water. Remember, we’re assuming the mask is carrying germs – just like your hands are.
Keep it clean. Just as you put on clean clothes every day, you should never use the same mask two days in a row. When you get home, try not to put it on the kitchen table or leave it in the car or your purse. It's contaminated, remember? Cloth masks can be cleaned with hot or warm water and dried on your dryer’s hottest setting.
Jackson County Health Department
COVID-19 Dashboard. The Jackson County Health Department has created a dashboard providing the number of COVID-19 cases by zip code. Stay safe Lee's Summit.
COVID-19 Symptom Self-Reporting Tool. Are you experiencing symptoms of COVID-19? The Jackson County Health Department has introduced an online self-reporting tool to help the health department track the spread of the disease. If you or someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, please fill out this form. The health department may contact you directly if a follow up is required and will coordinate testing if needed.
Something to Smile About
The future may look a lot different than it did two months ago but we are determining how that future unfolds with the choices we make today. Animals are being adopted at a record rate, warm messages are being left around town, COVID-19 patients are being released with celebration and residents still have a sense of humor while walking their dog! #TogetherLS
The Delivery or Takeout Debate
Most experts say that having food delivered is the riskier of the two options. It's most likely that your food delivery driver is stopping at more places than just your house to deliver food and has a higher risk of exposure to the virus.
Most on-demand prepared food delivery services have now implemented the contactless delivery option where drivers leave a customer’s food at their doorstep instead of handing it over face-to-face.
When handling delivery or take-out food:
- Move your food into dishes and immediately throw out takeout bags and containers.
- Wash your hands after handling takeout bags and containers and clean all surfaces the items touched.
- Wash your hands with soap and water again before eating.
In Case of a Corona Overload
Earth Day is Celebrating 50 Years
Seismologists have been able to hear the earth’s natural vibrations more clearly as the everyday hum of humanity has grown quieter while the world stays home.
Earth Day is widely recognized as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local environment awareness.
Create your very own home recycling center. All you'll need are a few unused laundry baskets or crates and a way to mark each bin. Educate your family on why recycling is important and how it helps the earth. Our actions may be small but they make a big difference. All recyclables can be dropped off at the Resource Recovery Park.
What can go in curbside bins? It’s important to know which items can go in your curbside recycling bin. Every unacceptable item has to be removed manually during the recycling process, adding to the cost of recycling.
Spread Love From the Heartland
Chiefs fans all over the metro are encouraged to show their solidarity by participating in a city-wide tailgate Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m. on their driveway, balcony or street corner. Chow down on your best tailgate fixin's and wave at your neighbors from your own socially-distanced tailgate. Then watch Round One of the first ever Zoom #NFLDraft at 7 p.m. on ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network. Share videos and post photos of your tailgate, and let’s hear those Arrowhead Stadium cheers across the metro.
Respond to the 2020 Census
Lee's Summit's census response rate is 65.3% and the national average is 52.1%
Stand up and be counted! Responses to census questions provide a snapshot of the nation. Census results affect your voice in government, how much funding our community receives, and how our community plans for the future. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time the country has counted its population since 1790. Help Lee's Summit Count!
COVID-19 Scam Alerts
Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information or both. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus. The FBI advises you to look out for the following:
Fake CDC Emails
Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Don't click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer or steal personal information or lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide.
Avoid Stimulus Payment Scams
Scammers are using these stimulus payments to try to rip people off. They might try to get you to pay a fee to get your stimulus payment. Or they might try to convince you to give them your social security number, bank account, or government benefits debit card account number.
- Only use irs.gov/coronavirus to submit information to the IRS – and never in response to a call, text, or email.
- The IRS won’t contact you by phone, email, text message, or social media with information about your stimulus payment, or to ask you for your Social Security number, bank account, or government benefits debit card account number. Anyone who does is a scammer phishing for your information.
- You don’t have to pay to get your stimulus money.
- The IRS won’t tell you to deposit your stimulus check then send them money back because they paid you more than they owed you. That’s a fake check scam.
Other phishing emails to look out for:
- Charitable contributions
- General financial relief
- Airline carrier refunds
- Fake cures and vaccines
- Fake testing kits
Upcoming Public Meetings
Parks and Recreation Board | April 22, 6 p.m.
Planning Commission | April 23, 5 p.m.
City Council Special Session | April 23, 6 p.m.
City Council Regular Session | April 28, 6 p.m.
There will be no physical location for the meetings. All participants and presenters (if applicable) will be participating from individual locations using video conferencing technology. Public comments for City Council meetings must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. Monday by phone: 969.1005 or email: clerk@cityofLS.net
The meetings will be broadcast on LSTV and streamed live on the City's website.
Colbern Road Improvements | April 11 - May 11
The City is hosting an online public meeting to introduce the preliminary design for the Colbern Road improvements. An overview of the project, exhibits and materials are available along with a comment form, which may be submitted by mail, email or online by May 11.
Where to Get COVID-19 Information
A COVID-19 information page is available on the City's website containing information specific to Lee's Summit, such as the stay-at-home order, City press releases, resources, FAQs, cancellations and closures.
New! The Jackson County Health Department released a dashboard last week giving COVID-19 cases by zip code.
Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Regional Dashboard is a good resource hub with information specific to the Kansas City area.
COVID-19 information is rapidly changing and we encourage residents to visit the following websites to get reliable up-to-date information and guidance.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services offers several options to obtain information:
- 24/7 Hotline 877.435.8411 for residents and providers seeking guidance.
- Missouri COVID-19 GIS Hub - Dashboards with information by county on positive COVID-19 cases, deaths, unemployment, stay-at-home orders, etc.
A good FAQ page is available on Coronavirus.gov, a joint effort between FEMA, the White House and CDC.
Community Support Resources
The City continues to add new support services to our COVID-19 Support Services webpage. Check the page frequently for updates on utility help, housing, food assistance and regional employment.
COVID-19 Business Resources
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Small Businesses May Get Another Shot at Funding
The original $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which authorized forgivable loans to small businesses quickly ran dry due to the high demand. A new relief package which includes $250 billion for the PPP and $60 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (operated by the Small Business Administration) was passed by Senate Tuesday evening. Next, it goes to the House for a vote. President Trump has indicated he will sign the deal.
Check our COVID-19 Business Resource page for the latest updates.