Thursday, April 23, 2020

Clay and Cass Counties and North Kansas City to Reopen Early

kansascity |  Clay and Cass counties are over this coronavirus shutdown, and so will end their stay-at-home orders on May 3. 

Of course, if their COVID-19 cases spike as a result, it’s Kansas City’s hospitals that will be overwhelmed.

But with Missouri Gov. Mike Parson talking about how nearly every business in the state will hopefully be wide open again as of May 4, the temptation was apparently too much.

That’s a head-spinning reversal for Clay County, where officials who seem to have contempt for their own citizens just last week said they would extend their order until May 15, as Kansas City has.
And Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is right to be irritated. 

“Less than one week ago,” Lucas said in a statement, “every health director in our nine-county bistate region advised our region’s stay-at-home order remain in place until May 15 based on new infections, inadequate testing and insufficient contact tracing capabilities. I’m not sure what has changed.”

Let’s see, it can’t be that new infections are a thing of the past, since the Kansas City metropolitan area’s coronavirus count grew by 69 cases Wednesday. In fact, that was the largest jump the area — which includes Kansas City and Jackson, Clay and Platte counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas — had seen in 10 days.

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