As more businesses open and activities gradually resume, public health directors from the nine-county Kansas City metropolitan area advise residents to continue to take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect those at highest risk of serious illness from the virus.
“Unfortunately, it’s not over! The Kansas City metropolitan region has seen a substantial increase in positive cases over the last couple of weeks,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department. “If you’re in a high-risk category, all of the KC Metro public health directors recommend for you to stay home when possible. If you need to go out, remember to maintain physical distancing practices and always wear a mask. People who live with high-risk individuals should consider the same precautions.”
As of Friday June 19, the metropolitan region has 7,182 cases and 237 deaths, according to the KC Region COVID-19 Resource Hub. The virus is predominately spread through person-to-person interaction. Residents can limit exposure by leaving home only when necessary, such as for work, medical care, to purchase groceries or medication, or to spend time outdoors.
“People are feeling pandemic fatigue. It’s understandable that we want things to go back to the way they were before this illness hit our community,” said Bridgette Shaffer, director of the Jackson County Health Department. “All of the important steps residents have already taken have helped. We need to continue to be diligent until there is a vaccine.”