September 16, 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

Getting Outside

Jackson County Health Department Blog

Spending time outdoors is not only a great way to get exercise and fresh air, but it also helps to relieve stress, reduce inflammation, improve memory, boost energy and so much more. Missouri has 92 state parks and historic sites with more than 200,000 acres to explore. If your favorite park or trail is crowded, minimize your risk of COVID-19 and discover someplace new. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), conservation areas, trails and boat ramps are operating as normal. Here are some tips from MDC on how to stay safe while getting outside:

  • Travel in a small group of 10 people or fewer.
  • If a conservation area looks crowded or an area parking lot is full, find another less-crowded location.
  • Keep a proper physical distance of at least six feet while visiting areas and especially on trails.
  • Avoid popular spots where people congregate, such as scenic overlooks, fishing docks, etc.
  • Pack water, soap, and/or hand sanitizer.

The CDC Reminds Us To Take Care of Our Well-Being

How you respond to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic can depend on your background, your social support from family or friends, your financial situation, your health and emotional background, the community you live in, and many other factors.

Here are some ways we can take care of our well-being:

  • Connect with our friends, families and people we trust
  • Find time to unwind with activities we enjoy
  • Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate
  • Eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep
  • Take breaks from news stories (repeated news about the pandemic can be upsetting)

Wearing a Mask All Day?

That can be a big adjustment. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you're wearing your mask properly and comfortably.

From the Office of Governor Parson

Executive Order 20-16

Governor Parson signed Executive Order 20-16 extending the mobilization of the Missouri National Guard through December 30, 2020. This will allow the National Guard to continue assisting in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts.

The Missouri National Guard has played a huge role in supporting state and community response efforts, including COVID-19 testing support, supply and equipment transportation and more. This Executive Order will allow the Guard to continue assisting the people of Missouri as we move forward.

Facebook Live COVID-19 Briefing

Governor Parson was joined by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams Wednesday afternoon to provide a COVID-19 briefing.

COVID-19 Dashboards

Mid-America Regional Council COVID-19 Dashboard

How is the Overall Positive Rate Calculated?

The recommended positive rate is 5% or less. As of September 12, the 14-day average positive rate in Eastern Jackson County was 13.62%

The overall percent positive is the proportion of unique individuals who tested positive among all other unique individuals tested.

The 14-day average percent positive is calculated by taking the total number of unique positive cases in a two-week period and dividing it by the number of unique individuals tested in the same two-week period.

Jackson County COVID-19 Dashboard

View cases by demographics and zip code, hospitalizations, testing, deaths, outbreaks and more.

The Dos and Don'ts of Wearing a Mask

Wear a mask in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19 but be sure to wear it the right way.


Did you know the Jackson County Health Department will answer your questions about COVID-19 online? Just submit it online! It's fast and easy!

COVID-19 Testing Sites

The Jackson County Health Department is providing free testing. Testing will be done using either an NP swab (nasopharyngeal swab) or nasal swab and collected by a health care professional. This test only detects current infection with COVID-19. You do NOT need to be currently experiencing symptoms to get this test. This is NOT a test to detect if you've ever been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Do not need to be a resident.
  • Clinics run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or while supplies last.
  • Questions? Call 816.404.6416.

Thursday, September 17 | Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St., Blue Springs, MO

Friday, September 18 | St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 603 N Jennings Rd, Independence, MO

Monday, September 21 | Old Fire Station #3, 210 SW Pryor Road, Lee's Summit, MO

Tuesday, September 22 | Second Missionary Baptist Church, 5111 Harry S. Truman Dr., Grandview, MO

Wednesday, September 23 | Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St., Blue Springs, MO 64014

This is a great way to get the latest information on COVID-19 straight from the health department. Visit their Facebook page to either listen live on Thursdays or listen to the recorded presentation.

Mid-Continent Public Library Tools

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Apply for a library card today. Encourage imagination and the opportunities become endless!

Explore history, science and more with your child from home using videos and eBooks! Get started.

The Mid-Continent Library also has a list of books and resources on their website to help parents get "back to school."

Stay Up to Date on Local Emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month

Know the risks and limit the impact of disasters on you and your family. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards, and how to act fast if you receive a local warning or alerts.

Sign up for the Jackson County emergency alert system to receive up-to-date information about local emergencies.

Outdoor Warning Siren Test

The City of Lee’s Summit will test its outdoor warning sirens on Friday, September 18, at 11 a.m., weather permitting. The testing is being done on a day other than the first Wednesday of the month due to recent maintenance and radio system upgrades.

Reflections of Character Award Nominations

Do you know someone who demonstrates outstanding strength of character? Nominate them for Lee’s Summit CARES Reflections of Character Award and share their inspiring story with our entire community. The 12 deserving winners will be honored at the Mayor's Character Breakfast in January. Deadline to nominate is September 30.

Ignite! Fuel Our Future Comprehensive Plan

Help Shape the Future!

How passionate are you about the future of Lee's Summit? We urge all citizens to take part (virtually!) in the community's comprehensive plan.

The City is offering multiple and EASY ways for you to provide input and share your views for Lee's Summit's future.

Conversation Kits. We've got the cure for panboredom! Gather the people in your bubble or organize a Zoom get together to help shape our community. Lee’s Summit is counting on you and your friends to fuel our future! And, we have a fun and interactive way for you to engage in the Ignite Comprehensive Plan process. Download a Conversation Kit and get started!

Join the Online Discussion. We bet you have a lot of ideas about what the City should do to prepare for the future. Scooters? More bike paths? Technology? What's needed for a good quality of life? Leave your comments in the online forum discussion.

Green Street Beat Podcasts. For each element of the plan, the City is releasing a podcast that goes more in-depth on the topic. It's a great way to learn more about the different elements and why they are important for the future of Lee's Summit. Take a listen.

Surveys. Take a brief survey to share your views on each of the essential elements of the comprehensive plan.

Kiosks. Kiosks are provided at the following locations enabling residents to respond to surveys or to leave feedback in the online discussion forum.

  • City Hall Lobby, 220 SE Green St.
  • Longview Community Center, 3801 SW Longview Rd.
  • Lovell Community Center at Legacy Park, 901 NE Bluestem Dr.

Organizations and artists are finding innovative ways to bring fun, safe, cultural activities to the community with the first-ever Lee's Summit Arts + Culture Week scheduled for October 9 - 18.

Launched by the Lee’s Summit Arts Council and Visitors Council, Arts + Culture Week will encourage our creative community to keep creating, and remind residents and visitors there’s so much to explore in Lee’s Summit!

Here's how to participate:

Host an Activity

Add your event (in person or virtual) to the ExploreLS.com community calendar so it can be recognized as an official Arts + Culture Week activity.

Attend an Activity

Visit the ExploreLS.com community calendar for the most current list of activities. Information about each event, including how to register or purchase tickets, will be provided in the event description.

The Lee's Summit Police Department

Citizen Survey

Every three years the Police Department conducts a citizen survey to help discover ways to improve services and connect with the community. Give us your feedback by completing this five-minute survey.

Now Hiring

The Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of police officer. Apply today!

The Farmers Market

The weather is getting cooler, but we still have to eat! Fortunately, the Farmers Market vendors will have lots of fall goodies available. Visit downtownls.org/market to see which vendors will be participating in the market and the seasonal produce they will bring.

Community Blood Drive

The Community Blood Center is in dire need of blood donations. To help alleviate the shortage, the City is partnering with the Community Blood Center for a community blood drive on Monday, September 28 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Gamber Community Center located at 4 SE Independence Ave. in Lee's Summit.

Appointments are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Walk-ins will only be accepted as capacity allows.

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.