KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 was formally declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
This is a running list of everything you need to know about the virus and its impact on the Kansas City metro area.
Number of cases and deaths
Kansas: If you are a Kansas resident and need information about coronavirus, you can call the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 1-866-534-3463. You can find more information here.
Missouri: If you are a Missouri resident and need information about coronavirus, you can call the 24/7 hotline at 877-435-8411. You can find more information here.
States of emergency
The order will go into effect on Tuesday, March 24 and last through April 24. It directs residents to stay at home except for essential needs.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has announced her intention to sign an executive order limiting gatherings in the state to 10 people in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Parson stressed that it won’t require businesses to close and includes exceptions for hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, and government and religious services.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has released new mandates surrounding specific travel within the U.S. and what to do if a person suspects they have been infected with the coronavirus.
In addition to schools being closed until April, restaurants and taverns are encouraged to serve customers through drive thru, pick up or delivery. Visits to nursing homes are also banned and companies are encouraged to have non-essential personnel to work from home.
The White House advised people not to gather in groups of more than 10 in a set of new guidelines to fight the coronavirus outbreak released Monday, as well as asked them to stay away from bars, restaurants and food courts, and to not travel if possible.
Trump is declaring both a national emergency and invoking the Stafford Act, which gives access to additional funding. He said $50 billion will be dedicated fighting the spread of COVID-19.
On Friday, Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency for Missouri while also announcing two more “presumptive positive” cases in the state. Parson did not provide any specific details, such as location or patient details, Friday afternoon about the two new cases when he announced them.
Governor Kelly made the announcement after she confirmed news of Kansas’ first coronavirus death. The declaration will free up state resources and personnel to help with the response to the virus.
Independence Mayor Eileen Weir announced Thursday that Independence is under a state of emergency in response to COVID-19. The order in Jackson County already bans events of more than 1,000 people, but the city’s declaration has more information on bill payment, events, etc.
While each county will be allowed to access additional resources to fight the pandemic, only Johnson County is limiting large gatherings.
Grocery stores and restaurants
Sporting event cancellations
Government and public buildings
Hotels and resorts