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
Age Shift in COVID-19 Cases
At the start of the pandemic, older Americans accounted for the majority of confirmed COVID-19 cases. These numbers have changed according to a report released by the CDC. Young adults between the ages of 20 and 29 accounted for 20% of all cases between June and August.
What's causing the age shift? Young adults work and play in areas of increased risk for COVID-19. These "highly exposed" areas include restaurants, bars and retail spaces.
Stay healthy and protect yourself from food poisoning with these food safety tips:
- Check restaurant inspection scores before ordering.
- Pick up your food promptly so it stays at a safe temperature.
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home and before eating.
- Refrigerate leftovers as soon as possible.
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, October 1 | Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St., Blue Springs, MO 64014
Friday, October 2 | Eastern Jackson County Courthouse (parking lot), 308 W Kansas Ave., Independence, MO 64050
Monday, October 5 | Old Fire Station #3, 210 SW Pryor Road, Lee's Summit, MO 64081
Tuesday, October 6 | Metro Christian Fellowship Church, 2217 High Grove Rd., Grandview, MO 64030
Wednesday, October 7 | Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St., Blue Springs, MO 64014
2020 State of the City Address. Mayor Bill Baird gave his third State of the City address during the City Council meeting. In his speech, the mayor discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the community and praised the resiliency of Lee’s Summit residents. The mayor noted that the City continues to move forward with the Ignite Strategic Plan implementation efforts and commended the council, citizens and stakeholders on their dedication to the process despite the pandemic. He discussed how critical the Comprehensive Plan is to the future of Lee’s Summit and the importance of planning for population and development growth.
Cedar Creek Community Improvement District. City Council adopted an ordinance approving a petition for the establishment of the Cedar Creek Community Improvement District (CID). The CID includes certain areas of the Cedar Creek Shopping Center, located near Southwest Third Street and Oldham Parkway. The CID will impose a one percent sales tax within the CID to fund a portion of the improvements to the area, which include exterior renovations and the reconfiguration of the parking lot to allow for additional parking.
City’s Fiscal Situation and Strategies. City Council heard a presentation about possible strategies to create long-term financial sustainability given the uncertain impact of COVID-19. The City has created a repository of fiscal strategies that will be analyzed and given consideration should it become necessary. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is projecting an estimated budget deficit of $5.6 million in the 2021 fiscal year.
Help Shape the Future
Ignite! Fuel Our Future Comprehensive Plan Resources
The City is offering multiple and EASY ways for you to provide input and share your views for Lee's Summit's future.
Make your voice part of the discussion by filling out a survey, commenting in the discussion forum, listening to a podcast or downloading a conversation kit at IgniteOurFuture.net. You play a critical role in shaping the future of Lee’s Summit.
Get Out and Explore LS
There’s a trail out there for everyone, whether you want to bike, hike, jog or just leisurely stroll.
Winterset Nature Area – Lee’s Summit, MO
Features: Meandering .6 mile wood chip trail, wood bridges, waterfalls, Missouri native flowers | Size: 10.2 acres
The Greenway Trail System – Lee’s Summit, Grandview, KC
Features: Connections to parks, roadways, stream corridors, and open spaces | Size: 38-mile loop planned, with over 100 miles of neighborhood connector routes