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

From the Governor's Office

Gov. Parson Announces First Phase of “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan to Begin May 4

On April 27, Governor Mike Parson unveiled the initial phase of the Show Me Strong Recovery plan outlining how Missouri will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity beginning May 4. The order allows all businesses to reopen although communities may begin the process at different rates depending on the spread of the virus in their area.

"State information and federal guidance show that a strategic reopening of Missouri’s economy can only be successful if we take proactive steps to mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 resurgence. These guidelines are meant to empower you with the critical information you’ll need for a successful and safe reopening. We are in this together, and by working together, we will come out better and stronger than ever before." - Gov. Parson

The state developed four essential pillars/guiding principals for the recovery plan:

  • rapidly expand testing capacity and volume in the state
  • expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains
  • continue to monitor and if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those who cannot self-quarantine at home
  • improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data

The plan contains guidelines for communities and businesses to navigate this initial phase.

Google Marketplace to Help Missouri Expand PPE Reserves

Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of Google Marketplace, a tool to help manufacturers who have shifted their production to PPE, enter the health care market and connect with buyers. It has since been expanded to include more than 200 manufacturers and suppliers of PPE.

This tool will help expand PPE reserves which is an essential pillar of the governor's Show Me Strong Recovery plan.

"It’s vital that we keep our health care workers as protected as possible in the fight against COVID-19."

Who Makes the Call?

COVID-19 orders are issued by federal, state and local authorities which makes it difficult to know which regulations apply to Lee’s Summit. The chart on the left will help define designated responsibility.

Which Orders Apply to the City of Lee's Summit?

It's important to note that the City of Lee's Summit is under the jurisdiction of the Jackson County Health Department when it comes to matters dealing with public health. Therefore, we follow the Jackson County Stay-At-Home Order effective through May 15.

The state of Missouri's "Stay Home Missouri" Order remains in effect through May 3. This order establishes minimum requirements that must be complied with statewide. Local health authorities may enforce more restrictive public health requirements based on the needs of their community.

Moving Forward: The City's Response to COVID-19

Our everyday has changed, new words have been added to our vocabulary and there is a degree of uncertainty in our lives. On this podcast, City Manager Steve Arbo and Fire Chief Mike Snider (who serves as the City's Emergency Director) will sort out stay-at-home orders, emergency declarations, jurisdictions, and discuss the decisions yet to be made.

COVID-19 Health News

Who is at Risk for COVID-19?

The best way to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Continue to follow the state and county’s stay-at-home orders and only leave home to seek medical care, report to an essential job, shop for essentials or spend time outdoors (maintaining six feet or more from others).

Anyone is susceptible to COVID-19. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

The CDC considers those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 to be:

  • 65 years and older
  • those who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
  1. chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  2. serious heart conditions
  3. severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  4. diabetes
  5. chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  6. liver disease
  7. immunocompromised

Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications

Handwashing, isolating from others when you are ill (or from those who are ill), and practicing social distancing are the best ways to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on those at the highest risk visit the CDC.

Feeling Ill With COVID-19 Symptoms?

The Jackson County Health Department has drive-thru testing sites for residents of Jackson County who have COVID-19 symptoms.

Call 404.2273 to preregister with a COVID-19 navigator. Test results will be communicated to patients within three days, positive or negative.

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

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

One Lee's Summit family is having quarantine adventures from the driveway and back. Each day begins with a new canvas full of imagination. 🎨 #QuarantineAdventures
Lowe's donated Tyveks rolls - the material used to wrap homes prior to siding installation - to the Lee's Summit Fire Department. Employees and volunteers used the material to make isolation gowns for first responders. How cool is that? #WeSeeYouLS

City Council Meeting: April 28

City Council held a virtual City Council meeting last night and here are a few highlights:

  • Sequoia Development | City Council gave initial approval to 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 initial approval of the plan did not require improvements to Orchard Drive and Olive Street.
  • Firestone Automotive Care Facility | City Council gave initial approval to a preliminary development plan for a Firestone automotive care facility near Southwest Market Street and M150 Highway. The 6.3-acre lot will be broken into two lots, with the Firestone facility sitting on just over one acre. There are no plans to build anything on the second lot at this time.
  • Community Development Block Grant Program | City Council adopted an ordinance approving the City’s Community Development Block Grant Action Plan. The City is required to submit an annual plan to receive federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant program. The grant funds meet the needs of low-to-moderate income individuals and families, address slum or blight and meet urgent needs. The City received $372,384 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for distribution for the 2020-21 program year.

In Case of a Corona Overload

Resource Recovery Park

Waste disposal is an essential service during this difficult time therefore, the Resource Recovery Park (RRP) is remaining open to the public during regular hours. The RRP is only accepting yard waste, furniture, tires and recyclable items.

Quarantainment: Virtual Activities

  • The Kansas City Ballet is helping to fill the dancing void caused by the COVID-19 crisis with KCBallet@Home. The ballet company has launched the online project with on-demand performances, dance workouts, classes and more.
  • Wonderscope Children’s Museum provides educational and fun resources through livestreaming and videos at youtube.com
  • The Youth Symphony of Kansas City presents video from an earlier concert at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. Watch at 3 p.m. May 3 on the Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.
  • Buttonwood Art Space will present “Kansas City 2020,” a benefit exhibition for Kansas City Parks and Recreation with works featuring Kansas City’s icons, monuments, cityscapes and more, April 30-June 26 at buttonwoodartspace.com.

Support Local

Even though the opening of the Downtown Lee's Summit Farmers Market has been postponed, there are several vendors offering delivery or pick-up options! Purchase meat, honey, eggs, spring produce, mushrooms, baked goods, garden plants and more!

Upcoming Public Meetings

Colbern Road Improvements | April 11 - May 11

The City is hosting an online public meeting to introduce the preliminary design for the Colbern Road improvements. An overview of the project, exhibits and materials are available along with a comment form, which may be submitted by mail, email or online by May 11.

2020 Census

Stand up and Be Counted

Hey, Lee's Summit! Our goal is to reach a 70 percent self-response rate by the end April. Do you think we can do it? We've rocked it so far in the ranking department. Keep up the good work and make Lee's Summit count!

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.

City Services

City facilities may be closed to the public, but the City continues to provide essential services. Many online resources are now available on the City's website or by phone - such as certain permits, police reports, payment of water bills & more!

Street crews, police officers, building inspectors and more - these frontline workers continue to do their jobs and deliver essential services to keep our City going. Your City thanks you!

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)

Lenders with less than $10 billion in assets have an 8-hour window to submit applications.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is limiting application submissions TODAY (April 29) from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., to lending institutions with less than $10 billion in assets. This is to ensure the smallest lenders have access and to help with system performance. When the application process opened up on Monday, the larger institutions immediately log jammed the system, making it difficult for smaller lenders to submit applications. All lenders will still be able to submit loan applications outside of this timeframe.

The SBA is limiting each bank to 350 applications per hour.

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.


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