KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
STAY AT HOME
With the increase in positive tests, officials in Kansas City and Wyandotte, Johnson and Jackson counties ordered residents to stay home starting 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to limit the virus’ spread. Other cities, such as Belton, followed suit.
“We are all in this together,” said James Person, the city’s police chief and director of emergency management.
Rep. Joe Runions, a Democrat from Grandview who remained hospitalized Sunday after he tested positive for COVID-19, said he was getting better but that recovery would be long. The state representative, who no longer required a ventilator, said he shared his experiences as a patient with Gov. Mike Parson and urged him to “do all in his power” to get healthcare workers necessary supplies.
“My doctors are deeply concerned that they could run out of vital supplies, especially the equipment they need to keep themselves safe while caring for patients,” Runions said in a statement.
Runions’ physicians at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City told him expanded testing was needed, he said in a letter to Parson.
In Kansas, there had been two deaths and 64 confirmed cases as of Sunday afternoon — 28 in Johnson County and 14 in Wyandotte County. It was an increase from 55 cases on Saturday.
The first person to die of the virus in Johnson County was Dennis Wilson, of Lenexa, who was in his 70s. He died just five days after tests confirmed he had COVID-19, his wife said on Facebook. He was a retired biology teacher who became a school superintendent.
“It has been an indescribably horrible week of immeasurable suffering on the part of the love of my life,” Wilson’s wife wrote.
Among the recently identified cases was a second in Reno County, where health officials ordered a 14-day quarantine for all inter-county travel to Johnson and Wyandotte counties as well as Jackson County, Missouri.
On Sunday, Leavenworth County issued a stay-at-home order that goes into effect Tuesday, telling residents to stay home unless they’re performing an “essential activity,” such as trips to the grocery store or the doctor.
The order goes into effect the same day as ones in Kansas City and Johnson, Jackson and Wyandotte counties. After 30 days, the jurisdictions will consider whether to extend the order.
The orders came as Kansas officials said they would soon close the state’s 116 driver’s license offices.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order that will temporarily expand telemedicine and loosen some of the regulations around it in response to the pandemic. The order encourages all doctors to use telemedicine when possible.
It also allows out-of-state physicians to treat patients in Kansas via telemedicine without getting a license from the state.
Nationwide, there were more than 32,000 confirmed cases and 404 deaths as of Sunday afternoon, according to a database maintained by Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, there were more than 328,000 cases and 14,366 deaths.
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