January 6, 2021


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

We Can Do It

We can slow the spread of COVID-19. As infections, hospitalizations and deaths continue to increase rapidly across the United States, stay home when possible, wear a mask, stay at least six feet apart from others, avoid crowds and wash your hands often with soap and water.

COVID-19 Quick News

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces national lockdown in England to curb the spread of the new COVID-19 variant
  • US hospitalizations rise to a record 128,210 on Monday, according to data form the COVID Tracking Project
  • COVID-19 cases in US prisons and jails exceed half a million on Monday according to a New York Times database

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Missouri is currently in Phase 1A of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. Gov. Mike Parson announced this week, “more than 66,000 frontline health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff in Missouri have received an initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.” The FDA has now approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine as well as Moderna’s for emergency use. Both vaccines were highly effective at preventing COVID-19 in trials.

The First Dose

As of January 5, more than 4.8 million people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Health care personnel and people who live in long-term care facilities are recommended to receive COVID-19 vaccination first while supplies are limited, followed by:

  1. frontline workers
  2. people ages 75+
  3. people with certain underlying medical conditions
  4. people ages 65-74
  5. other essential workers

Until every person in the United States has access to a COVID-19 vaccine, continue to wear a mask, keep at least six feet between yourself and others, avoid crowds and wash your hands often.

COVID-19 Data Tracker

Stay on top of COVID-19 data from your community and around the world using CDC’s COVID Data Tracker. The new global data tabs offer the latest on COVID-19 counts and rates, percent change over the last seven days and trends to see where cases are growing.

Interested in Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The Jackson County Health Department received its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine and held its first vaccination clinic today (January 6). Following the state's vaccination distribution plan, vaccines were made available to frontline health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff who filled out the county's vaccine survey tool.

How do individuals sign up to receive the vaccine?

Individuals who live or work in Jackson County and are interested in receiving the vaccine, should fill out the health department's online vaccine survey. As the vaccine becomes available to each phase, the health department will contact those who completed the survey with instructions to schedule a vaccination appointment. Completion of the survey does not require individuals to receive their vaccine from Jackson County. The survey provides a way to communicate vaccination information to the public as quickly as possible.

What information is gathered by the survey tool?

The survey asks for contact information, occupation and pre-existing medical conditions. Responses from the survey will assist the health department in determining which phase of the state’s vaccination plan individuals fall under.

Additional appointments for persons in Phase 1A will be available in the coming weeks. Vaccination appointments will be on a first-come, first-served basis for those in each phase. Vaccinations will not be provided to those under the age of 16.

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.

Need to Get Tested?

Free Testing Sites Are Available in Lee's Summit

The City maintains a webpage with local testing site information and registration links from around the metro.

The Jackson County Health Department provides five free COVID-19 testing clinics weekly for both asymptomatic and symptomatic persons. Clinics run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Registration closes at 2:30 p.m. the day prior to each clinic.

2020 Wrap Up

The Green Street Beat Podcast

2020 Parks and Recreation Year in Review

From the new wave pool and playgrounds to new walking and biking trails, Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation has been booming with new amenities! On this episode, Parks & Recreation Administrator Joe Snook recaps the major projects completed in 2020 and previews what to expect in 2021.

2020 Development Year in Review

You’ve likely noticed there’s a lot of development going on right now in Lee’s Summit! Large developments, apartments, subdivisions, retail and restaurants are going up all around town. With so much happening, it’s hard to keep up! Listen to Development Services Director Ryan Elam on the Green Street Beat podcast as he gives us a recap of 2020 and a preview of what to expect in 2021!

Save a Life

The City of Lee’s Summit has partnered with the Community Blood Center for community blood drive on Wednesday, January 20 from noon to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Gamber Community Center. The Community Blood Center is in dire need of donations. Community members are urged to make an appointment to donate.

Get Connected. Report Concerns. Stay Engaged.

Is there a pothole or light pole outage in your area? Use the LS Connect app! LS Connect is a fast and easy way to report common nonemergency concerns. It's available as a free mobile app or online and provides City news and information.

Ignite Comprehensive Plan

Community Zoom Workshop January 13, 6 – 8 p.m.

Register to Fuel Lee’s Summit’s Future!

Join your neighbors on January 13 as we continue to fuel the future of Lee’s Summit! This workshop will be a continuation of the November community workshop discussion and will focus on the BIG IDEAS of innovative industrial and sustainable infrastructure. This is an important opportunity to connect and interact (virtually) with your community as we develop together the Lee’s Summit Comprehensive Plan.

All are invited to participate, prior attendance at a workshop is NOT required! As a workshop participant, you will provide your feedback on questions like:

  • Do we fuel our future by growing the tax base, jobs or both?
  • What are the City’s transportation needs of the future?

Already have a Zoom account? Use that email to register.

First time Zoom users can learn how to create a Zoom user account – it is EASY and FREE! Meeting attendees also have the option to participate by phone.

Spread the word about these meetings and encourage your neighbors to sign up too! #WeIgniteLS

Shape Lee's Summit's Comprehensive Plan

In addition to input about BIG IDEAS, provide feedback for your community’s future in a short survey or online forum.

Crush Those New Year Health Goals

Kick off your health journey this year with an all-inclusive membership to all four of Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation community centers for as little as $18.42 a month! There is so much to do for "Every Age, Every Season."

  • $18.42 a month includes Lee's Summit residents
  • $21.42 a month for non-residents

Get the Scoop in Two Minutes!

Your weekly flash briefing is here. Get a snapshot of what's happening this week in Lee's Summit. Take a listen!

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 information is rapidly changing and we encourage everyone to visit the City's COVID-19 information page.