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COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES: After backlog, Kansas adds 3,369 new cases; Missouri adds 1,915

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Kansas City metro area health officials are grappling with how to handle continuing case count increases after reopening businesses more than three months ago.

What you need to know:

  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday the state has 80,045 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and there have been 1,007 deaths since the outbreak started. Kansas is now only updating COVID-19 data on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Wednesday that there have been 174,632 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak and 2,870 deaths.
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WEDNESDAY3:30 p.m. -- Kansas doesn’t appear to be containing the coronavirus. The state health department reported nearly 3,400 new cases Wednesday over just two days and a new record seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19-related hospitalizations.

The health department's data showed that the rolling average for new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases was 1,084 a day for the seven days ending Wednesday. That’s 33% higher than the previous record for the seven-day rolling average of 815 for the seven days ending Monday.

Kansas had another 106 hospitalizations to bring the pandemic total to 3,752. The state averaged 35 new hospitalizations a day over the seven days ending Wednesday.

2:45 p.m. -- A day after Rockhurst had to shutdown its football program for the season, Lee’s Summit North has also ended its season due to a COVID-19 case. Katy Bergen with Lee’s Summit School District said the Broncos had one positive coronavirus case and they have “shutdown the season immediately.” READ MORE

2:15 p.m. -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 1,915 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 174,632 since the start of the outbreak.

There have now been 2,870 deaths across Missouri from COVID-19, which is up 32 from Tuesday's reporting. The DHSS said that number is not always indicative of deaths that occurred in the past 24 hours. This is based on when information was received and/or entered in the system.

[ MISSOURI COVID-19 DASHBOARD]

Missouri does not list how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

The state said it has tested a total of 2,454,427, and 116,934 were tested in the past seven days. There have been 12,385 positive cases and 76 deaths in the last week.

Looking at local numbers, the DHSS reported 14,583 (+148) confirmed cases in Kansas City, Missouri, and 10,144 (+111) cases in Jackson County. The state also lists 2,570 total cases in Clay County, 2,092 in Cass County and 1,010 in Platte County.

2 p.m. -- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported an increase of 3,369 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its first update since Monday, pushing the statewide total to 82,045 since the outbreak started.

Officials said KDHE’s disease surveillance system, EpixTrax, received an update which has an automated process that was previously done manually. On Wednesday, health officials said there will be an increase in cases that were part of the weekend update.

KDHE officials said Wednesday the death total grew by 31 to 1,007.

The average median age of the deaths is 80, which is steady from Monday’s reporting.

Health officials said Monday that 3,752 (+106) patients have been hospitalized since the start of the outbreak, 48% of ICU beds are available and 81% of the state’s ventilators are available.

The state said it has tested 633,033 people with 550,988 negative test results with an overall monthly positive test rate of 8.6%.

[ KANSAS COVID-19 COVID-19 DASHBOARD ]

Johnson County continues to have the most confirmed cases in Kansas with 15,320. Sedgwick County is the county with the second most cases with 12,515. Wyandotte County is third with 8,485 cases.

Leavenworth County – home to Lansing Correctional Facility – has 2,648 cases, and Douglas County now reports 2,752. The Douglas County case count is largely tied to increases at the University of Kansas.

Health officials said the median age of people with COVID-19 is 37, and they are monitoring 235 (+0) active outbreak clusters with 86 clusters reported in long-term care facilities.

Johnson County is home to seven of the clusters, with the highest concentrated located at Lakeview Village Long Term Care Center in Lenexa. There is one cluster in Wyandotte County located at The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Care in Kansas City, Kansas.1 p.m. -- After Kansas surpassed 1,000 COVID-19 related deaths, Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday she is directing all flags in the state to be lowered to half-staff. READ MORE11 a.m. -- Wisconsin announced Saturday's game at Nebraska has been canceled due to COVID-19 cases in the program. Head coach Paul Chryst is among the 12 members on the team that have tested positive in the last five days. Also testing positive was former Blue Valley North star and Badger quarterback Graham Mertz. READ MORE

9:20 a.m.-- Johnson County reported Wednesday morning 13,963 (+168) cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started, 1,643 cases in the last 14 days and 273 cases per 100,000 people in the county over the last 14 days.

The county said it has 11,180 (+109) presumed recoveries, 199 (+3) people have died, and 558 (+7) people have been hospitalized since the start of the outbreak.

Johnson County said it has tested 149,937 people with 135,806 tests coming back negative.

As of Wednesday, the school reopening gating criteria – the 14-day rolling total used by the county to make recommendations on how schools should reopen – remained in the orange phase and the percent positivity moving average is at 8.4%. The last few weeks it had been in the 6% range.

The county said it is monitoring 25 outbreaks at senior living care facilities. It also said that 129 (+2) people from senior living care facilities have died, which is 64.8% of the deaths in Johnson County.

8 a.m. -- Wyandotte County is reporting Wednesday morning 8,115 (-6) confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started, with 41 (+0) patients currently hospitalized and 249 (+2) probable cases. The county said 164 (+0) people have died from the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak.

The county’s COVID-19 report indicates which ZIP codes have the most recent cases. Over a 14-day period, the 66106 ZIP code had 96 cases, followed by 66102 with 88, 66104 with 73 and 66109 with 66.

Wyandotte County does not list hospital capacity numbers on its dashboard.

7 a.m. -- The state of Kansas isn’t officially listing the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19, but local health departments across the state are keeping track.

According to numbers from Wednesday morning, there have been 61,151 people who have recovered from the coronavirus.

This includes 11,071 in Johnson County, 6,542 in Wyandotte County, 2,243 in Leavenworth County and 2,594 in Douglas County.

6 a.m. -- Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and top Republican legislators agreed Tuesday to try for now to encourage Kansas counties to adopt local mask mandates rather than consider a statewide rule as the state experiences its biggest surge in new coronavirus cases of the pandemic.

Kelly had a private Zoom meeting with eight leaders of the GOP-controlled Legislature, six of them Republicans, and participants said afterward that they discussed encouraging greater mask use. The state health department reported Monday that the state's rolling seven-day average for new cases set a record of 815 a day for the seven days ending Monday. READ MORE

[ CLICK HERE FOR MAPS OF COVID-19 CASES BY COUNTY IN KANSAS & MISSOURI ]

[ TRACKING COVID-19 CURVE OF CASES, DEATHS IN KANSAS & MISSOURI ]

TUESDAY

7 p.m. -- Health officials in Johnson County, Kansas, said Tuesday that letters were sent to school superintendentsstrongly recommending that they prohibit winter indoor sports and activities, such as basketball or wrestling. Authorities said the recommendation was made because of the level of community transmission and the risks involved. READ MORE

6:10 p.m.-- Rockhurst High School announced Tuesday that it will forfeit the remainder of the 2020 football season after someone in the program tested positive for COVID-19. READ MORE.

5:55 p.m.-- Health officials in Johnson County, Kansas, said Tuesday that letters were sent to school superintendents strongly recommending that they prohibit winter indoor sports and activities, such as basketball or wrestling. READ MORE.

3:30 p.m.-- Mid-Continent Public Library said its Kearney Branch at 100 S. Platte-Clay Way, will be closed until further notice due to possible COVID-19 exposure. The branch was closed when a staff member tested positive for the virus Tuesday. If able to identify, the library said it would notify customers who were in the branch on Oct. 24.

Professional deep cleaning services will take place during the closure. The book drop will remain open and hold times will be extended so that materials will be available when the branch reopens. The library said it is working closely with the Clay County Health Department to the next steps.

2:15 p.m.-- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 1,625 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 172,717 since the start of the outbreak.

There have now been 2,838 deaths across Missouri from COVID-19, which is up 28 from Monday’s reporting. The DHSS said that number is not always indicative of deaths that occurred in the past 24 hours. This is based on when information was received and/or entered in the system.

[ MISSOURI COVID-19 DASHBOARD]

Missouri does not list how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

The state said it has tested a total of 2,438,579, and 112,638 were tested in the past seven days. There have been 11,768 positive cases and 63 deaths in the last week.

Looking at local numbers, the DHSS reported 14,435 (+122) confirmed cases in Kansas City, Missouri, and 10,033 (+89) cases in Jackson County. The state also lists 2,536 total cases in Clay County, 2,058 in Cass County and 991 in Platte County.

12:30 p.m.-- Roger Marshall’s campaign says an unidentified member of campaign staff has tested positive for COVID-19. The campaign said the staffer was exposed at a personal event. The Republican candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas said Tuesday morning in Louisburg that the nation is “winning against COVID.”

8 a.m. -- Wyandotte County is reporting Tuesday morning 8,121 (+84) confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started, with 41 (+0) patients currently hospitalized and 247 (+1) probable cases. The county said 164 (+0) people have died from the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak.

The county’s COVID-19 report indicates which ZIP codes have the most recent cases. Over a 14-day period, the 66106 ZIP code had 103 cases, followed by 66102 with 100, 66104 with 79 and 66109 with 70.

Wyandotte County does not list hospital capacity numbers on its dashboard.

7:30 a.m.-- Johnson County reported Tuesday morning 13,963 (+224) cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started, 1,585 cases in the last 14 days and 263 cases per 100,000 people in the county over the last 14 days.

The county said it has 11,071 (+50) presumed recoveries, 196 (+4) people have died, and 551 (+8) people have been hospitalized since the start of the outbreak.

Johnson County said it has tested 149,186 people with 135,22 tests coming back negative.

As of Tuesday, the school reopening gating criteria – the 14-day rolling total used by the county to make recommendations on how schools should reopen – remained in the orange phase and the percent positivity moving average is at 8.0%.

The county said it is monitoring 25 outbreaks at senior living care facilities. It also said that 127 people from senior living care facilities have died, which is 64.7% of the deaths in Johnson County.

7 a.m. -- The state of Kansas isn’t officially listing the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19, but local health departments across the state are keeping track.

According to numbers from Tuesday morning, there have been 60,717 people who have recovered from the coronavirus.

This includes 11,021 in Johnson County, 6,542 in Wyandotte County, 2,243 in Leavenworth County and 2,539 in Douglas County.

6:30 a.m.-- Kansas has reported reported record highs for its seven-day rolling averages of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday that she was considering calling the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special session to impose a statewide mask mandate.

Kelly spokesman Sam Coleman confirmed that the governor planned to meet with top legislative leaders Tuesday by Zoom to discuss how the state can impose a mandate for people to wear masks in public.

Kansas is seeing its largest surge in new coronavirus cases of the pandemic, with an average of 815 new cases and 32 new hospitalizations a day for the seven days ending Monday.

6 a.m. -- President Donald Trump's administration on Monday announced it's sending 1.8 million rapid coronavirus tests to Missouri. The tests can identify COVID-19 in as little as 15 minutes, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Around 1 million of the tests have been shipped as of Monday, according to the agency, though there's no current timetable for when the rest will be mailed. READ MORE

[ CLICK HERE FOR MAPS OF COVID-19 CASES BY COUNTY IN KANSAS & MISSOURI ]

[ TRACKING COVID-19 CURVE OF CASES, DEATHS IN KANSAS & MISSOURI ]

MONDAY6:45 p.m. -- Kansas City Public Schools announced Monday that it will delay in-person classes for its hybrid model because of increasing COVID-19 positivity rates. READ MORE

4:50 p.m.-- The Clay County Health Department said there will be pop-up COVID-19 testing around county this week. Heart to Heart International, Kansas City Direct Primary Care, and Clay County Public Health Center will partner to provide multiple testing events every week, in different areas of the county. This testing will be provided free of charge to those who live or work in Clay County, with or without symptoms. Please view and share the attached flyers for the first two weeks of events.

The health department still offers free, drive-through testing in Liberty for all county residents. Learn more at clayhealth.com/testing.

A full list of test sites in and around Clay County can always be found at clayhealth.com/testing.

3:30 p.m.-- Social media influencers might soon be popping up on Missouri residents' Instagram and Twitter accounts with reminders of ways they can help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The state is asking some popular Missourians to participate in the program to promote social distancing, handwashing and wearing masks on behalf of Gov. Mike Parson, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday.

Those who agree to participate will not be paid, said Maggie Kost, a spokeswoman for the Department of Economic Development.

“The ask is pretty simple; we would like their help encouraging Missourians to take basic precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and get us all back to the things we love,” Kost said.

TikTok star Nickolas Ray, a Missouri native with 1.7 million followers, and Jenna Fischer, an actress from Missouri with 3.1 million Instagram followers, have been asked to participate. Other possibilities include former St. Louis Cardinals star Ozzie Smith and Kansas City Royals Manager Mike Matheny, Kost said.

The effort comes as confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase across the state. State health officials reported 171,022 newly confirmed cases, an increase of 1,527 from Sunday. Between Oct. 17-23, the state had 11,095 new cases, an average of 1,585 a day, according to state data. Missouri has recorded 2,810 deaths since the pandemic began, five more than on Sunday.

3 p.m. -- Kansas is reporting new seven-day records for new coronavirus cases and COVID-19-related hospitalizations.

The state hit those high marks as Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly prepared to meet the Republican-controlled Legislature’s leaders following her call for a statewide mask mandate.

The state averaged 815 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases for the seven days ending Monday, the first time the figure exceeded 800 cases since the pandemic reached Kansas in March.

The state also averaged 32 new COVID-19-related hospitalizations for the seven days ending Monday. Kelly planned to meet with legislative leaders Tuesday by Zoom. She said last week that she wanted a bipartisan, statewide mask mandate.

2:15 p.m.-- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 1,527 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the statewide total to 171,022 since the start of the outbreak.

There have now been 2,810 deaths across Missouri from COVID-19, which is up five from Sunday’s reporting. The DHSS said that number is not always indicative of deaths that occurred in the past 24 hours. This is based on when information was received and/or entered in the system.

[ MISSOURI COVID-19 DASHBOARD]

Missouri does not list how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

The state said it has tested a total of 2,420,611, and 104,911 were tested in the past seven days. There have been 11,095 positive cases and 65 deaths in the last week.

Looking at local numbers, the DHSS reported 14,313 confirmed cases in Kansas City, Missouri, and 9,944 cases in Jackson County. The state also lists 2,504 total cases in Clay County, 2,020 in Cass County and 977 in Platte County.

12:30 p.m.-- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported an increase of 2,446 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its first update since Friday, pushing the statewide total to 78,676 since the outbreak started.

Officials said KDHE’s disease surveillance system, EpixTrax, received an update which has an automated process that was previously done manually. On Monday and Wednesday, health officials said there will be an increase in cases that were part of the weekend update.

KDHE officials said Monday the death total grew by one to 976.

The average median age of the deaths is 80, which is steady from Friday’s reporting.

Health officials said Monday that 3,646 (+62) patients have been hospitalized since the start of the outbreak, 39% of ICU beds are available and 81% of the state’s ventilators are available.

The state said it has tested 625,931 people with 547,255 negative test results with an overall monthly positive test rate of 8.4%.

[ KANSAS COVID-19 COVID-19 DASHBOARD ]

Johnson County continues to have the most confirmed cases in Kansas with 14,581. Sedgwick County is the county with the second most cases with 12,004. Wyandotte County is third with 8,376 cases.

Leavenworth County – home to Lansing Correctional Facility – has 2,613 cases, and Douglas County now reports 2,696. The Douglas County case count is largely tied to increases at the University of Kansas.

Health officials said the median age of people with COVID-19 is 37, and they are monitoring 235 (+0) active outbreak clusters with 86 clusters reported in long-term care facilities.

11:45 a.m.-- The Jackson County Health Department said Monday that around 20 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported and nearly 80 people have been exposed to the coronavirus at three area churches. READ MORE

9:30 a.m.-- Lawrence is looking for ways to shelter more than 100 homeless people who are sleeping outside as the city's shelter operates at reduced capacity in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that commissioners could consider as soon as Nov. 3 whether to allow schools, event centers, recreation centers and other such buildings to house temporary overnight homeless shelters. Currently, only churches and other religious organizations can operate temporary shelters without a permit. The commission has already approved increasing the occupancy for temporary shelters from 15 to 40.

The discussions come after the Lawrence Community Shelter reduced its capacity from 125 to 40 people amid the pandemic. That has contributed to more people camping near the Kansas River and on city parkland.

The shelter is working to make changes, too, including adding a tiny home village on the shelter’s property that will house up to 48 people when it opens in May.

The shelter also is using federal relief funding to help house people in hotels and move them into permanent housing. The city is using some some of the money for portable trailers that will house facilities for those staying at a temporary campsite.

8 a.m. -- Wyandotte County is reporting Monday morning 8,037 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started, with 41 patients currently hospitalized and 246 probable cases. The county said 164 people have died from the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak.

The county’s COVID-19 report indicates which ZIP codes have the most recent cases. Over a 14-day period, the 66106 ZIP code had 109 cases, followed by 66102 with 89, 66104 with 67 and 66109 with 63.

Wyandotte County does not list hospital capacity numbers on its dashboard.

7:30 a.m.-- Johnson County reported Monday morning 13,739 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak started, 1,492 cases in the last 14 days and 248 cases per 100,000 people in the county over the last 14 days.

The county said it has 11,021 presumed recoveries, 192 people have died, and 543 people have been hospitalized since the start of the outbreak.

Johnson County said it has tested 148,279 people with 134,540 tests coming back negative.

As of Monday, the school reopening gating criteria – the 14-day rolling total used by the county to make recommendations on how schools should reopen – remained in the orange phase and the percent positivity moving average is at 7.4%.

The county said it is monitoring 25 outbreaks at senior living care facilities. It also said that 122 people from senior living care facilities have died, which is 65.6% of the deaths in Johnson County.

7 a.m. -- The state of Kansas isn’t officially listing the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19, but local health departments across the state are keeping track.

According to numbers from Monday morning, there have been 59,885 people who have recovered from the coronavirus.

This includes 10,966 in Johnson County, 6,542 in Wyandotte County, 2,243 in Leavenworth County and 2,531 in Douglas County.

[ CLICK HERE FOR MAPS OF COVID-19 CASES BY COUNTY IN KANSAS & MISSOURI ]

[ TRACKING COVID-19 CURVE OF CASES, DEATHS IN KANSAS & MISSOURI ]

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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