July 15, 2020


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

COVID-19 Dashboard

View cases by demographics and zip code, hospitalizations, testing, deaths, outbreaks and more on Jackson County's dashboard.

Recreation and Mask Wearing

The Jackson County mask order extends to outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible, such as parades, festivals or farmers’ markets. Below is guidance from the Jackson County Health Department on when and where a mask should be worn outdoors.

Camping and Hiking. A mask is not required while camping or hiking alone or with a person's immediate household. If interacting with others outside of the household or in an area where social distancing is difficult to maintain, wear a mask.

Exercising. Individuals who are engaged in high-intensity activities, like running, may not be able to wear a mask if it causes difficulty breathing. If exercising outside alone or with members from your household, and you can social distance from others, a mask is not required.

Youth Sports. Youth actively participating in a sport do not need to wear masks. Youth sitting on the sideline or waiting for their turn, must wear a mask. This includes in dugouts and on the bench. Spectators at outdoor events do not need to wear a mask if social distancing is possible.

Adult Club Sports. Adults participating in club sports do not need to wear a mask during vigorous activity. During the activity, social distancing should be maintained. Spectators should wear a mask if social distancing isn’t possible.

A mask is not required outside if:

  • Individuals are in their backyard or on personal property and it is very unlikely they will be within six feet of someone else.
  • Individuals are in secluded locations where the likelihood of interacting with others is very low.
  • Persons are under five years old.

Summer Gatherings 101

Planning to host summer gathering or a cookout with people not in your household? Check out the CDC’s new tips to help protect you and your family.

  • Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing of at least six feet apart.
  • Encourage guests to bring their own food and drinks.
  • Remind guests to stay home if they are sick.

COVID-19 Safety for Pools & Splash Pads

The CDC states that there is no current evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to people through recreational water – such as pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. They also state that proper disinfection with chlorine and bromine of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.

However, it is still important to limit close contact with people outside of your home when visiting public pools and water playgrounds – as well as natural bodies of water – to slow the spread of COVID-19. Individuals, as well as facility operators, must take steps to ensure the health and safety of others as well as themselves.

Upcoming COVID-19 Testing Clinics

There are three upcoming free testing clinics for residents of Kansas City, Jackson and Clay counties. Clinics run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or while supplies last.

To make an appointment, call 816.513.1313 by 5 p.m. the business day before. Appointments are recommended to ensure test availability. Residents don’t need to have symptoms to be tested.

Thursday, July 16 | Kellybrook Elementary, 10701 N. Eastern Ave, KCMO 64154

Monday, July 20 | East High School, 1924 Van Brunt Blvd., KCMO 64127 (*For appointment, call by 5 p.m. Friday, July 17)

Tuesday, July 21 | Central High School, 3221 Indiana Avenue, KCMO 64128

Wednesday, July 22 | Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 2200 Olive St, KCMO 64127

COVID-19: Updates for Who’s at Risk

COVID-19 can infect anyone, regardless of age. The CDC recently updated its list of people who are at increased risk of severe illness and those who should take extra precautions to avoid getting the virus.

City Council Update

Solid Waste Management. City Council heard a presentation providing an overview of solid waste management in Lee’s Summit along with future considerations. The discussion touched on a possible transfer station, with City Council noting it would prefer an option which caters to residents rather than commercial haulers. The topic of franchised solid waste hauling was also discussed but the first priority would be to make a decision about a transfer station.

CDBG Annual Action Plan. City Council gave initial approval to an amendment to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Action Plan. The amendment is in response to a special allocation of funding from the CARES Act to provide relief to low-to-moderate income individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City received $219,061, which must be used for the preparation, response and/or prevention of COVID-19.

City Council Meeting Schedule. City Council adopted an amended meeting schedule for 2020.

Jackson County Election Board

Ignite! Fuel Our Future

Comprehensive Plan

Lee’s Summit offers a high quality of life for all generations, not only by providing quality jobs and homes, but also through community amenities – including parks, trails, cultural facilities and great schools. Through our Ignite Comprehensive Plan process, we are exploring ways we can maintain a high quality of life for our residents by investing in progressive services and amenities.

Be a part of the process! Give us your feedback by responding to the Community Vision and Quality of Life online surveys.

A Layman's Guide to the Comprehensive Plan

Assistant City Manager Mark Dunning, Director of Development Services Ryan Elam and Assistant Director of Plan Services Josh Johnson were all on the newest episode of the Green Street Beat podcast talking about the process and how the community can get involved.

The Time to Donate Is Now!

There is an urgent need for blood donations in the Kansas City metro area. The City and the Community Blood Center are hosting a blood drive at the Gamber Community Center, 4 SE Independence Ave., in the ballroom where social distancing can take place.

New Grant Opportunities for Recovery Funding

On Tuesday, Governor Parson announced three new resources for Missouri's businesses, communities and citizens to obtain recovery funding; Small Business Grant Program, PPE Production Grant Program and Broadband.

“The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted Missouri businesses,” Governor Parson said. “However, this challenge has not stopped them from stepping up and finding new ways to serve Missourians. These critical programs will help Missouri businesses continue their operations, cover costs for increased PPE production, and keep them safe and moving forward.”

Small Business Grant Program ($30 million). This program was designed to provide relief to small businesses and family-owned farms for reimbursement of costs of business interruption caused by required closures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

PPE Production Grant Program ($20 million). This program provides grant funding to manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, and other entities to reimburse certain costs for retooling existing facilities by purchasing necessary equipment and services to manufacture critically needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in Missouri. This grant funding will assist entities with creating new business while contributing to the fight against the current COVID-19 public health emergency.

Broadband (Approximately $50 million). Relief funds to aid in broadband expansion and COVID-19 response in the areas of emergency broadband investment, telehealth, libraries, K-12 distance learning, higher education distance learning and broadband technical assistance request.

Farmers Market Update

Don't forget! The Farmers Market is currently operating at different locations depending on the day.

The Wednesday Market is in the market lot at Second and Douglas Street in Downtown Lee's Summit.

The Saturday market is located at Abundant Life at 304 SW Persels Rd.

New Fourth and Main Parking Lot

There is now new parking available at Fourth Street and Main in downtown Lee's Summit. The parking lot has 37 new parking stalls including two ADA spots.

The surface of the parking lot was constructed using PaveDrain. PaveDrain is a permeable articulating concrete block that improves how stormwater reacts to the surface. In contrast to standard concrete/asphalt parking lots where stormwater sheet flows on the surface and transported to a catch basin by curbs, PaveDrain provides a vertical path (between each individual block) for the water to escape the surface.

The project was funded by the 2017 Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Sales Tax Renewal.

LS Branded Cloth Face Mask

The LS Marketplace now has $3 cloth face masks available. Grab one while supplies last at Treasury in the City Hall lobby. All the cool kids are wearing them. #maskupLS

Census Takers in Your Neighborhood

This month, census takers will visit homes that haven't yet responded to the 2020 Census. All census takers will have the following:

  • a mask
  • follow local public health guidelines
  • carry a valid ID badge with their photograph
  • provide a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark
  • carry Census Bureau merchandise

Have you responded? Respond online, by phone or by mail.

Get the Scoop in Two Minutes!

Your weekly flash briefing is here. Get a snapshot of what's to come for the week of July 13. Take a listen!

COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 information is rapidly changing and we encourage everyone to visit Jackson County's dashboard to get reliable up-to-date information.