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

Jackson County Stay-At-Home Expiration Date Adjusted

Jackson County, in coordination with Johnson and Wyandotte counties, announced that the stay-at-home order (initially set to expire on May 15) will end at midnight on May 10. Reopening will being on May 11 using a phased approach.

“The community’s compliance to the stay-at-home orders have been effective in flattening the curve, allowing us to make plans to move forward in a smart and safe manner. But we must do so with caution. The COVID-19 virus is still in our community and we will need everyone’s continued cooperation to protect public health. Our future is in our hands,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr.

Recovery Plan Phase One Announced

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. announced phase one guidelines of the Jackson County Recovery Plan, which begins May 11.

The Jackson County Health Dept prepared the phased-approach recovery plan that is focused on protecting the health and safety of residents while beginning a safe and sensible path to economic recovery.

Under phase one, all businesses deemed essential during the county’s stay-at-home order will be allowed to remain open. In addition, most retail stores, personal service providers, restaurants and bars selling food will be allowed to reopen for business provided they follow the social-distancing guidelines and capacity limitations provided.

Gatherings, of up to 10 people, will be allowed to resume, but social-distancing guidelines must be followed. In addition, certain businesses and activities including entertainment venues, gyms/fitness centers, and outdoor playgrounds shall remain closed.

A Message From Mayor Baird

Mayor Bill Baird addresses Jackson County's Stay-At-Home date adjustment and emphasizes the need for residents to provide feedback to Jackson County regarding the reopening plan.

COVID-19 Health News

Are You Feeling Stressed?

The COVID-19 outbreak may be stressful for people. Some common signs of stress and anxiety include:

  • Changes in sleep and eating patterns
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health conditions

The CDC has provided some tips to help manage stress during this time.

Additional Testing Sites for Jackson County Residents

  • Drive-Thru Testing
  • Individuals must have symptoms to qualify for testing
  • Call 404-CARE (2273) to preregister

Symptoms of Coronavirus

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear two to four days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste and smell

Give Us Something to Smile About

The future may look a lot different than it did two months ago but we are determining how that future unfolds with the choices we make today. #TogetherLS

Mid-Continent Library Assistant Sophie shared a thank you to sanitation workers! Lilly Collette spent time with her grandmother putting together a puzzle and was able to slip it off the table in one piece! Gretchen Roth discovered the Rock Island Trail and is thankful for this treasure!

Send us your good news photos and you just might be featured in the next Community Briefing! Email to creativeservices@cityofls.net.

City Council Meeting: May 5

City Council held a virtual City Council meeting last night. Below are a few highlights:

  • CARES Act Funding | City Council adopted a resolution approving the application for and acceptance of funding through the Public Health and Social Services Fund as part of the CARES Act in response to COVID-19. The funding is to assist health care providers who diagnose, test or care for individuals with potentialor actual cases of COVID-19 and to reimburse expenses related to the virus. The City has already received at least $60,000 and intends to apply for additional funding.
  • Public Service Agreements | City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance approving the short-term extension of several public service agreements, which are set to expire on June 20. City Council voted to extend the agreements with the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council and Velocity Lee’s Summit through Dec. 31. By extending the agreements for six months, City Council will have time to review the financial impact of COVID-19 on the City budget before making a decision about long-term extensions.
  • Sequoia Development | City Council adopted an ordinance approving a preliminary development plan for the Sequoia development, located near Northwest Olive Street and Northwest Orchard Drive. The development consists of 12 duplexes, totaling 24 units. Each unit would be approximately 1,550 square feet and the developer noted the estimated price would be $250,000 to $270,000. These units would only be allowed to be purchased, with rentals prohibited. The ordinance does not require improvements to Orchard Drive and Olive Street.
  • Resolutions | Mayor Bill Baird issued two proclamations recognizing National Economic Development Week and Building Safety Month.

Capital Improvement Plan Public Comment Period

Review and Comment Online

For the first time, the public can review and comment on the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) online. The comment period for the 2021-2025 CIP will be open until 5 p.m. on May 26.

In Case of a Corona Overload

Quarantainment: Virtual Activities

Daniel Radcliffe will read a chapter from the first "Harry Potter" book to you or your kids!

Stay connected with MCPL by checking out their virtual events!

Fourth Friday's Art Walk

Are you missing Fourth Fridays in Downtown Lee’s Summit as much as we are? Join us on May 22 at 7 p.m. for a VIRTUAL Fourth Friday’s Art Walk event! Enjoy artist showcases, musical acts and creative demonstrations from the comfort of your home. Although we are looking forward to the days we can gather together again, the safety of our community remains a top priority as we move forward with plans for the Art Walk this season.

2020 Census

Lee's Summit's Self-Response Rate = 72.6%!

Our initial goal was a 70% self-response rate and we have beat that goal! What do you say we move the needle and get an 80% self-response rate? With your help we can do it. Please consider sharing this graphic to encourage residents to complete the 2020 Census.

Where to Get COVID-19 Information

A COVID-19 information page is available on the City's website containing information specific to Lee's Summit, such as the stay-at-home order, City press releases, resources, FAQs, cancellations and closures.

The Jackson County Health Department released a dashboard last week giving COVID-19 cases by zip code.

Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Regional Dashboard is a good resource hub with information specific to the Kansas City area.

COVID-19 information is rapidly changing and we encourage residents to visit the following websites to get reliable up-to-date information and guidance.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services offers several options to obtain information:

  • 24/7 Hotline 877.435.8411 for residents and providers seeking guidance.
  • Missouri COVID-19 GIS Hub - Dashboards with information by county on positive COVID-19 cases, deaths, unemployment, stay-at-home orders, etc.

A good FAQ page is available on Coronavirus.gov, a joint effort between FEMA, the White House and CDC.

Community Support Resources

The City continues to add new support services to our COVID-19 Support Services webpage. Check the page frequently for updates on utility help, housing, food assistance and regional employment.

COVID-19 Business Resources

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

On April 23, Congress approved an additional $310 billion to replenish the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which provides forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. The SBA is currently accepting PPP loan applications from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. All loan terms will be the same for everyone.

Check our COVID-19 Business Resource page for the latest updates.