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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

Experts Identify Safest Sports, Recreational Activities at This Point in the Pandemic

Baseball is one of many sports that have returned in the Kansas City Metro area. While contact is limited on the field and equipment can be sanitized, it is difficult to keep teams socially distanced in the dugouts, 3&2 executive director Jeff Chalk said. This contact makes baseball a medium-risk sport, said Dr. Sarah Boyd, an infectious diseases physician with the Saint Luke’s Health System.

As more leagues and recreational sports pick up, some sports are riskier than others due to close contact.

Red: High-Risk Sports

High-risk sports are any that involve long periods of close contact between athletes and/or anyone involved with the team, especially if the sport is played indoors. Wrestling, football, rugby and basketball qualify as high-risk sports.

Any sport can climb into the red category if social distancing and sanitation guidelines are not followed. Dr. David Smith, a sports medicine specialist with The University of Kansas Health System, said.

Yellow: Medium-Risk Sports

Medium-risk sports include baseball, softball, volleyball and competitive individual sports like running, biking and swimming. Generally, all of these sports are more spread out but have periods in which participants are more compact. Baseball, softball and volleyball are medium-risk sports because of the quick periods of contact or closeness involved. However, it is easier to sanitize equipment between innings or points with these sports.

Green: Low-Risk Sports

Sports that are already naturally spaced out fall into the green, low-risk category. Golf, tennis, skateboarding, pickleball, ice skating, diving, track and field and swimming are examples in this category ... but each can easily move up the ladder of risk.

CDC Recommendation on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. They now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.

This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Mask Rash Can Develop From Wearing a Face Mask

The rash forms when moisture builds up under your mask and irritates your skin, a lot like diaper rash, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Hot weather can cause excess sweating and more irritation.

“Mask wearing leads to local alteration of the skin microbiome,” dermatologist Craig Kraffert told Healthline. “With mask use, the covered skin is subjected to elevated CO2 levels, increased humidity, higher temperatures, and more bacteria and microorganisms from the mouth and respiratory system.”

Kraffert recommends using a mild cleanser then creating a barrier by applying moisturizer with sunscreen to damp skin, according to the outlet. Throughout the day, you can head to the bathroom to dampen your skin then add more moisturizer, he told NBC.

FDA: Stop Using These Nine Hand Sanitizers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about several hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. The FDA has identified the following:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer

Questions About Mail-In and Absentee Voting?

Visit the Jackson County Election Board’s website to find information about mail-in and absentee voting for the upcoming August 4 and November 3 elections. Mail-in ballots are available to any registered voter and must be notarized and mailed back to the election board. To vote absentee, the voter must provide a valid reason on the application. To request either ballot, registered voters must print and complete an application that can be found on the election board’s website.

Staying Safe While Getting Outdoors

Summer has arrived with warmer days and fun activities such as camping, bonfires, swimming, hiking, recreational sports and more. While everyone is itching to get back to normal, we must keep in mind that COVID-19 is still present making summer look a little bit different this year. Let’s all do our part to slow the spread.

City Council Update

Work Zone Enforcement. City Council adopted an emergency ordinance authorizing an agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to support Statewide Transportation Improvement Program On Call Work Zone Enforcement. Under the agreement, the City would be eligible to receive funding to provide greater safety for workers and drivers in work zones. The agreement begins July 1 and will be in effect for five years.

June 2 Election Results. City Council adopted two resolutions declaring the results of the election on June 2. Hillary Shields, District 1, and Andrew Felker, District 2, were elected to City Council and voters reelected Phyllis Edson, District 3, and Fred DeMoro, District 4. In addition to City Council elections, voters reelected Judge James Tobin. Voters also approved a local use tax, which will apply to online purchases made from out-of-state vendors. The local use tax rate will be 2.25 percent, the same as the local sales tax rate. It goes into effect Oct. 1.

Sine Die. Councilmembers Hillary Shields, Andrew Felker, Phyllis Edson and Fred DeMoro were sworn in during a ceremony following Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. They will serve four-year terms. Outgoing councilmembers Rob Binney and Craig Faith received plaques commemorating their time in office.

Section of SW Murray Road Set to Close June 30

A section of Southwest Murray Road south of Southwest Third Street is set to close on June 30 and remain closed for approximately 12 weeks for water line and road construction. The construction is part of the Third Street improvements project.

The detour route for southbound Southwest Murray Road is Southwest Third Street to Southwest White Ridge Drive to Southwest Murray Road. The detour route for the northbound lanes is east on Southwest White Ridge Drive, west on Southwest Third Street and north on Southwest Murray Road.

The eastbound lanes of Southwest Third Street from Southwest Pryor Road to Southwest Murray Road will remain closed, while one westbound lane will remain open.

For more information about the Third Street improvements project, contact Public Works at publicworks@cityofls.net or 816-969-1800.

Ignite! Fuel Our Future

The City is launching the Ignite! Comprehensive Plan

The plan will guide Lee’s Summit’s economic development, quality residential growth and general improvements over the next 20 years. It will build upon the City’s Ignite! Strategic Plan and will share the same critical success factors, goals and objectives. Look for future project announcements and opportunities for YOU to get involved.

Happy Tails Dog Park is Temporarily Closing July 15

Happy Tails Dog Park will temporarily close on July 15 due to recoating of the Ranson Road water tower. The park is expected to reopen on November 23, weather permitting.

Work will occur during weekdays from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. with weekend work possible. We appreciate your patience as Water Utilities makes these necessary improvements.

Dogwood, the City's other dog park located at 51 NW Victoria Dr., remains open.

Make a Splash This Saturday

Don’t forget that Summit Waves opens to residents with season passes on June 27! Until further notice, single visit passes will not be sold. Season passes can be purchased online , at City Hall, or at the following Parks and Recreation community centers.

  • Lovell Community Center: Monday - Friday | 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. , Saturday | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday | 12 - 6 p.m.
  • Longview Community Center: Monday - Friday | 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. , Saturday | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday | 12 - 6 p.m.
  • City Hall: Monday - Friday | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Passes are not for sale at:

  • Harris Park Community Center
  • Gamber Community Center
  • Summit Waves

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Saturday Farmers Market

The Downtown Lee's Summit Farmers Market is now operating as a walk-up market. The market will be open this Saturday, June 27 from 8 a.m. to noon at Abundant Life Baptist Church, 304 SW Persels Rd.

WALK-UP MARKET GUIDELINES

  • If you are sick, please stay home. Hand sanitizer stations will be located at each entrance to the market.
  • Sampling has been suspended. Customers cannot touch product; please let the vendors serve you.
  • When possible, we recommend only one person per family visit the market.
  • Only service animals are allowed.
  • Each market aisle will be one way. Maintain six feet of social distance between you and others at all times.
  • If possible, pay ahead or use digital forms of payment. If using cash, exact change is encouraged. We're encouraging all vendors and customers to make quick transactions.

2020 Fireworks Regulations

Fourth of July is just around the corner. Each household is required to have a 2020 Fireworks Use Permit to discharge fireworks within the city limits. Please note the updated dates and times fireworks are allowed.

COVID-19 Information Resources

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

A 24/7 hotline is available at 877.435.8411 for residents and providers seeking guidance.