COVID-19


Annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony to be held virtually in 2020

For one of the region’s most beloved traditions, the Country Club Plaza will host the 91st Annual Evergy Plaza Lighting Ceremony as a broadcast-only event on KMBC 9. The hour-long production will start at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. While Plaza restaurants… more

Crossroads establishment The Rieger to close

Another Kansas City restaurant is closing as a casualty of the pandemic. The Rieger, in the Crossroads, announced Friday that they will be closing on Nov. 1. In a Facebook post, management said, “After many pivots, a lot of hard… more

Coping with COVID: Johnson County commissioners extend mask order in a no-vote decision

The much-debated mask order for Johnson County was quietly allowed to stand Thursday without a vote from the county commission. Commissioners heard from around 20 people before the meeting, almost all of whom spoke passionately against the order that face masks be worn in… more

Universities sue over COVID-19 insurance denials

Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP has filed a new class action lawsuit challenging Zurich’s denial of coverage for COVID-19 losses. On Oct. 16, the firm filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on behalf… more

MU reverses plan, says students will return for classes after Thanksgiving break

The University of Missouri has decided to continue in-person classes after Thanksgiving break despite the concern of coronavirus cases surging upon students' return to campus. The fall semester at the University of Missouri will proceed as planned with in-person and… more

Coping with COVID: Missouri submits plan for COVID-19 vaccine delivery to CDC

On Thursday, Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri has submitted its plan for administering the impending COVID-19 vaccine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Governor Parson was joined by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)… more

Johnson County program to deliver more CARES Act funding to small businesses

A new government lifeline designed to boost Johnson County entrepreneurs hit by the COVID-19 pandemic soon will offer a one-time $10,000 grant to qualified recipients. “Many of Johnson County’s small businesses have limited resources and access to capital during this unprecedented… more

Missouri Gov. Parson makes visit to KC to discuss new saliva-based coronavirus test

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made a stop in Kansas City, Mo. Thursday morning for a press conference about new saliva-based COVID-19 testing in the state. The conference was held Truman Medical Center/University Health, where Parson announced the hospital will be one… more

Coping with COVID: Missouri health officials to release vaccine distribution plans

On Thursday, Missouri officials will release their plans to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available. “We hope to have a limited number of vaccines in December and hope to have enough of the vaccine for everybody in April,”… more

Coping with COVID: Kansas and Missouri statewide case update

On Monday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the state has 67,862 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 771 deaths since the outbreak started. Kansas continues to update COVID-19 data on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Missouri Department of… more