July 22, 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

Young Individuals Surpass 80+ for Highest COVID-19 Case Rate in Eastern Jackson County

In the past week, the 20-29 age group in Eastern Jackson County surpassed individuals 80+ for the highest case rate by age group. In the beginning of the pandemic, testing was reserved for the most symptomatic individuals (generally the older population). This created the perception that elderly people were more likely than young people to get sick and die from COVID-19.

However, more recent data is showing that even though elderly are more likely to die from COVID-19, they aren’t necessarily more likely to get infected. Now that testing is being offered more widely to asymptomatic individuals, we’re seeing a more accurate picture of the infection rate.

“The more testing we do, the closer we get to the truth,” says Natalie Dean, an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida. “What we were doing before was skewed to the oldest ages.”

Data from mid-March found that about 50% of U.S. COVID-19 patients with known ages at that time were 55 or older, even though only 29% of the county’s population is that old.

The CDC’s most recent data, published on June 19, shows that nearly 70% of people in the U.S. who tested positive as of May 30 were younger than 60. The median age of U.S. COVID-19 patients during that time was 48, and it’s even lower in the country’s newer hotspots like Florida and Arizona, where case counts are surging.

With testing much easier to come by, public-health networks are able to capture more mild and asymptomatic cases, which includes many younger people who probably wouldn’t have gotten tested in March or April. Recent trends suggest infection rates are going up in the U.S. for all groups, including for younger people.

Even though younger individuals may not have as severe cases, they can still be carriers and spread COVID-19 to at-risk populations or experience long-term health effects.

COVID-19 Dashboard

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

Mental Health & COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our everyday lives. This can lead to increased stress, as well as new or worsening mental illness. There’s a lot out of our control right now, however, taking care of our mental health is something we can and should prioritize.

Back in the Office?

Masks need to be worn in all areas unless you are by yourself in an enclosed office. Social distancing is encouraged but masks still need to be worn regardless of distance from others while indoors. This applies to all businesses including those not open to the public.

Free Disposable Masks

100,000 masks were supplied to Jackson County by Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s office and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). The Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Jackson County - Missouri are hosting two more mask giveaways.

Thursday, July 23 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Grandview Amphitheater, 13501 Byars Road, Grandview, MO 64030

Thursday, July 30 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Cable Dahmer Arena, 191100 Valley View Pkwy, Independence, MO 64055

Key Times to Wear a Mask

Keep these key times in mind when determining when to wear a cloth face covering to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Remember to always practice other protective measures, like social distancing and frequent hand washing.

Wednesday, July 29 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Metro Christian Fellowship Church | 2217 High Grove Rd., Grandview, MO 64030

Thursday, July 30 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Spirit and Truth Ministries Church | 1809 NE Bren Mar Rd., Lee's Summit, MO 64086

Call 816-404-6416 if you have any questions about your visit or need to reschedule. There will be NO cost for this testing.

Immunization Clinic

Sign ups for the back-to-school immunization clinic in Lee's Summit are now available!

Lee’s Summit Unveils Plan for Downtown Farmer’s Market and Conservatory

Lee’s Summit Mayor Bill Baird presented a conceptual plan and potential funding program for the Downtown Farmer’s Market and Conservatory during the City Council meeting last night. Following the presentation, City Council gave City Manager Steve Arbo approval to proceed with a request for qualification to identify a master developer for the project, which will include a mix of public and private spaces.

“This is an exciting moment for our community. Through long-term planning and coordination with our downtown partners, we’ve created a framework that will transform our downtown environment,” said Mayor Baird. “With purpose, we designed a conceptual plan that supports and enhances the outstanding features already present in our downtown community.”

The City held conceptual planning meetings with leaders representing Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street and the Downtown Community Improvement District to develop a common vision for the proposed site near Southeast Green Street and Southeast Third Street. The conceptual plan consists of a permanent farmer’s market, conservatory, boutique hotel, mixed-use commercial building, outdoor performance area, apartment complex and courtyard.

In April 2013, Lee’s Summit voters approved a $2,898,000 general obligation bond for the purpose of constructing and rehabilitating public improvements for cultural arts, including improvements to the Legacy Park Amphitheater, rehabilitating the former city hall building, and the creation of a downtown performance and festival space. The combination of an outdoor performance area and permanent farmer’s market aligns with the long-term vision for downtown. Funding for the project will come from the remaining bond balance, proceeds set aside from the sale of surplus properties, a partnership with the Downtown Community Improvement District and potential private investment.

The City Needs Your Feedback

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

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.

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.

LS Marketplace Update

Due to high demand, we are sold out of our LS branded cloth face masks but we plan to be restocked at the end of August. Thank you to all who purchased and for showing your LS pride! #MaskUpLS #TogetherLS

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.

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 Dashboard

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