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4 p.m. COVID-19 update

Video Credit: KMBC
Published on August 28, 2020 - Duration: 06:19s
4 p.m. COVID-19 update
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4 p.m. COVID-19 update

RIGHT NOW ON KMBC9 NEWS AT 4:00.WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON WITH ANEFFORT TAKING PLACE IN KANSASCITY TO RECALL MAYOR QUINTONLUCAS.HELLO.I’M KELLY ECKERMAN.AND I’M LAURYN WARD’S THE RECALLEFFORT IS SETTING OFF A BIG.DISAGREEMENT OVER THE MAYOR’SPERFORMANCE, ESPECIALLY DURINGTHE COVID-19 PANDEMIC KMBC 9S.MATT FLENER EXPLAINS AROUNDKANSAS CITY THIS WEEK.THERE ARE SEVERAL LOCATIONSWHERE TABLES HAVE BEEN SET UP TOSIGN PETITIONS TO RECALL MAYORQUINTON LUCAS.ALL RIGHT OUTSIDE THE KANSASCITY ZOO A PETITION FOR RECALL.MY PERSONAL OPINION IS THAT HEIS TAKEN STEPS TO ALIENATE A BIGPORTION OF KANSAS CITY.MATT PUBLIC IS HELPING GATHERSIGNATURES.CHEERS TO RECOAT MAYOR QUINTONLUCAS.A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE FREAKED OUTABOUT HEALTH MANDATES COMINGFROM THE CITY.KYLE BLAYLOCK IS ONE OF THERECALL EFFORTS LEADERS WITH THEPETITION SAYING THE MAYOR ISEXHIBITED POOR JUDGMENT ANDINADEQUATE LEADERSHIP INRESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND CIVICUNREST IN THE CITY, BUT THEGROUP HAS YET TO SHARE HOW MANYOF THE NEARLY 14,000 SIGNATURESTHEY NEED JUST TO KEEP THEANTICIPATION AND ENTHUSIASM UPIN OUR OWN GROUP.NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO.THE BASICALLY US GETTING CLOSERWORKING HARDER.THE MORE DIVERSION TACTICS AREGOING TO COME BECAUSE HONESTLY,IT’S ALREADY BEEN HAPPENING.I DON’T BELIEVE THAT WE’RE AT APOINT WHERE WHERE THE MAYOR HASDONE ANYTHING WORTHY OF RECALL.MEANWHILE, KANSAS CITYCOUNCILMAN, ERIC BUNCH SAYS, HEDOESN’T ALWAYS AGREE WITH THEMAYOR BUT SAYS ONE YEAR INTO ATERM IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMICIS NOT THE TIME FOR A RECALLEFFORT.IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE ARE NOTDISTRACTED B TRYING TO RECALLELECTED OFFICIALS RIGHT NOW.GOT A BAND TOGETHER AND GET SOMESTUFF DONE ORGANIZERS ARE TRYINGTO GET ENOUGH SIGNATURES TO TURNIN BY SEPTEMBER 15.THAT IS A COUPLE OF DAYS EARLYJUST TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ALLTHE SIGNATURES THEY NEED INKANSAS CITY.MATT FLENER KMBC 9 NEWS QUINTONLUCAS IS OFFICE RESPONDED WITH ASTATEMENT SAYING IN PART AS HEHAS DURING HIS ONE YEAR INOFFICE MAYOR LUCAS WILL CONTINUETO WORK HARD EACH DAY FOR ALLKANSAS CITY INS AND WILL NOT BEDISTRACTED BY DIVISIVE ANTI-MASKPARTISAN POLITICS THE POSITIVITYRATE OF MISSOURI CONTINUES TOJUMP AT THIRTEEN POINT SEVEN ISWELL ABOVE THE NATIONAL AVERAGEOF ALMOST 6% THE STATE OF KANSASIS JUST ABOVE ELEVEN PERCENKANSAS RECORDED 1100 NEW CASESSINCE WEDNESDAY, MISSOURCONTINUES TO HOVER AROUND 1400.COVID-19 TESTING WILL TAKE PLACEIN SHAWNEE THIS WEEKEND TOMORROWFROM 10:00 TO TO HEAD OVER TOTHE WEST BROOK VILLAGE SHOPPINGCENTER PARKING LOT OFF 72ND ANDQUIVIRA TESTING WILL BEAVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST 750PEOPLE ANYONE OVER FIVE YEARSOLD CAN BE SCREENED.IT’S A DRIVE-THROUGH EVENTS.SO STAY IN YOUR CAR AND WEAR AMASK WHEN YOU GO THE KANSAS CITYMETRO HAS A NEW PLAYER IN THEFIGHT AGAINST COVID-19.IT’S A FACTORY THAT PRACTICALLYPOPPED OUT OF THE GROUNDOVERNIGHT.IT COULD PLAY A KEY ROLE INFIGHTING THE PANDEMIC.MAHONEY IS IN LENEXA WITH THESTORY.THESE ARE SOME OF THE 300 NEWWORKERS AT THE THERMO FISHERFACTORY IN LENEXA THERE.IN THE SHIPPING TUBES, THEY’LLUSE TO SEND COVID TEST TO THELAB AND AS THIS CORPORATE VIDEOSHOWS THEY BUILT THIS EDITION INSIX WEEKS.WE’RE IN A PANDEMIC, YOU KNOWTIME IS OF THE ESSENCE ANDTHERMO FISHER STEPPED UP ANDREALLY RESPONDED THEY RESPONDEDVERY QUICKLY.YOU KNOW, THAT’S JUST THE KANSASWAY.SO IS A STATE-OF-THE-ART FACTORYWE WERE ABLE TO SCALE REALLYFAST BECAUSE OF THE TALENT OFOUR TEAM THE INNOVATION THAT WEHAVE WITH THE COMPANY AND WEHAVE HERE IN THE US US ITSTARTED OUT MAKING 50,000 OFTHESE SHIPPING TUBE.WEEK THEN A MILLION AND NOWTHEY’RE MOVING OUT EIGHT MILLIONTESTING TUBES A WEEK.WE NEED TO HAVE THE TESTAVAILABLE SO WE CAN ISOLATEPEOPLE WHO ARE POSITIVE.AND ALLOW THOSE WHO ARE NEGATIVETO GO ON ABOUT THEIR NORMALDAILY LIVES AT LEAST AS NORMALAS WE CAN BE WITH MASKS ANDSOCIALLY DISTANCING.THERMO FISHER IS HEAVILYINVOLVED IN THE COVID FIGHT BUTA TOP EXECUTIVE JOHN LUKE UPPITYWON’T GUESS IF THERE’S A VACCINECOMING SOON WHENEVER TIME CAMSET AND AGAIN, HE’S HARD TOSPECULATE WE’RE GOING TO BEREADY TO SUPPORT SCALING OF THEVACCINE VERY QUICKLY AS THERMOFISHER SCIENTIFIC BUILDS THISPLANT IN LENEXA IN A FLASH ITWENT UP IN SIX WEEKS.MICHEAL MAHONEY KMBC 9 NEWS.WELL SOME KANSANS COULD SOON BEELIGIBLE FOR MORE MONEY IF THEYARE UNEMPLOYED DUE TO THECOVID-19 PANDEMIC GOVERNOR LAURAKELLY SAYS HER OFFICE ISAPPLYING FOR THE LOST WAGESASSISTANCE PROGRAM IF KANSASAPPLICATION IS APPROVED.WELL, THEN UNEMPLOYED RESIDENTSWOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR 400 MOREDOLLARS PER WEEK IN ADDITION TOTHEIR REGULAR UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFITS THE KANSAS DEPARTMENTOF LABOR SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD NOTEXPECT THE MONEY UNTIL LATESEPTEMBER IF THE STATE ISMEANTIME THE KANSAS DEPARTMENTOF LABOR IS EXTENDING ITS CALLCENTER HOURS PEOPLE WILL NOW THECALL FROM 8 A.M.

TO 8 P.M.MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND FROM 8A.M.

TO 2 P.M.

ON SATURDAYSBOONE COUNTY, MISSOURI AND THECITY OF COLUMBIA ARE ANNOUNCINGNEW RESTRICTIONS AS CORONAVIRUSCASES SPIKE RESTAURANTS AND BARSMUST STOP SERVING ALCOHOL AT 9P.M.

AND CLOSE BY 10:00 P.M.

ALLPUBLIC AND PRIVATE GATHERINGSMUST BE LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE ORLESS THE CHANGES COME ASCOLUMBIA’S POSITIVITY RATE.IT’S ALMOST 45% MEANWHILEFRATERNITIES AT THE UNIVERSITYOF MISSOURI ARE SUSPENDING.ALL IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES ATGREEK CHAPTER HOUSES ON AND OFFCAMPUS.THIS IS AN EFFORT TO LIMIT THESPREAD OF COVID-19 MU STARTEDCLASSES MONDAY AND REPORTED 159CASES THE FIRST DAY THEUNIVERSITY COULD NOT CONFIRM HOWMANY OF THOSE WERE LINKED TOGREEK ORGANIZATIONS AND INLAWRENCE A KU GREEK CHAPTERHOUSES ARE NOW UNDER COVID-19QUARANTINE ORDERS UNIVERSITYOFFICIALS LIFTED ORDERS ONMEMBERS OF KAPPA ALPHA THETA ANDPHI KAPPA PSI.THERE ARE NO POSITIVE CASE.IN THOSE HOUSES, THE UNIVERSITYADDED A CHAPTER TO THE LISTTHURSDAY THE POSITIVITY RATE ATKU’S GREEK COMMUNITY IS MORETHAN 5% MISSOURI STATEUNIVERSITY IS USING THREE MOTELSTO HOW SICK STUDENTS OR FACULTYTHAT NEEDS TO BE QUARANTINED ANDMSU SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE PLANOFFERS SOME FLEXIBILITY IF THESCHOOL NEEDS EXTRA ROOMS OUTSIDEOF THE DORMS ALREADY DESIGNATEDFOR QUARANTINE.THE UNIVERSITY HAS MORE THAN 300ROOMS AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE WHONEEDS TO ISOLATE SO FAR.REPORTING NEARLY 200 STUDENTSAND FOR STAFF MEMBERS HAVETESTED POSITIV

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