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Coronavirus in Kansas City: The latest resources and how to keep your family safe

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Here you can get the latest information on the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Kansas City and resources to be prepared and keep your family safe.

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CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASESKansas: 171, 3 deaths

Missouri: 502, 8 deaths

15 Days to Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirus


Maps of Missouri, Kansas COVID-19 cases by countyList school districts offering free meals during COVID-19 shutdownList of places of worship in Kansas City offering livestreamed services


  1. Have you traveled outside the U.S. in the last two weeks?
  2. Have you been in close contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19?
  3. Do you have a fever greater than 100 degrees?
  4. Do you have respiratory issues?

A fever alone is not an indication you need to be tested for COVID-19. But if you have traveled recently or come in contact with a COVID-19-positive person, you need to be tested.

DO NOT GO TO A CLINIC OR EMERGENCY ROOM. Call your medical provider first and get instructions on how to report for a test.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides these tips to help you and your family avoid contracting COVID-19:

Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Prepare your family

Prepare your home

Plan Ahead Checklist

Stay informed

Protect your health

Prevent Getting Sick

Preventing spread

Protect Others from Getting Sick

What to do if you are sick

Caring for yourself at home

Caring for Someone Who is Sick

LOCAL HEADLINESWyandotte County reports third death relating to COVID-19

Kansas City firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

KC area playgrounds still busy during stay-at-home order

KCK police launches phone line to report businesses not complying with ‘stay-at-home’ order

Gov. Laura Kelly talks about state's unemployment rate during COVID-19 outbreak

Johnson County tops 50 cases of COVID-19

UMKC says student tests positive for COVID-19

Leavenworth County COVID-19 totals climb to 12

Kansas City Health Department says there are 51 COVID-19 cases in the city

Missouri has 356 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths

Kansas' COVID-19 totals climb to 127

Wyandotte County officials report second COVID-19 related death in Kansas City, Kansas

Nonprofit organizations are stepping up to serve the homeless in KC during outbreak

Families adjusting to children doing their schoolwork at home during COVID-19 shutdown

State pharmacy boards see increasing demand for drugs showing promise to treat COVID-19

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said there are now 255 positive COVID-19 cases in the state

Kansas is now up to 98 positive COVID-19 cases

Commissioners in Ray County, Missouri, have signed into effect a "stay-at-home" order

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides these answers to common questions from the public:

What are the symptoms?The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, cough and shortness of breath

Can somebody spread the virus without being sick?People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Is it possible to get COVID-19 from touching objects?It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Is it safe to go on a cruise?Cruises put large numbers of people, often from countries around the world, in frequent and close contact with each other. This can promote the spread of respiratory viruses, such as the virus that causes COVID-19. You may get sick from close contact with an infected person or by touching contaminated surfaces. CDC recommends that travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel.

What is the risk of getting COVID-19 on an airplane?Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers should try to avoid contact with sick passengers and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.

HELPFUL RESOURCESCenters for Disease Control and Prevention

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services COVID-19 Hotline

Family action plan guide

How to clean your phone

Rossen Reports: The ultimate coronavirus travel guide

Cass County Health Department

Clay County Health Department

Clinton County Health Department

Franklin County Health Department

Lafayette County Health Department

Leavenworth County Health Department

Jackson County Health Department

Johnson County Health Department

Kansas City Health Department

Miami County Health Department

Platte County Health Department

Unified Government of Wyandotte County Health Department


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