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
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
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.
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.
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