Faith news

Wyandotte County is in Phase 3 under Kansas Ad Astra reopening plan. Local health officials said under Phase 3, people should keep a distance of 6 feet between themselves and others. They may sit closer to people who live in their households. Also, people should wear masks and should wash hands or use hand sanitizer. There is now a mask order in effect in Kansas and Wyandotte County, requiring masks to be worn inside any public space.

Some faith groups will continue holding online or video services. In Wyandotte County, those who are older than 60 or who have other medical conditions should continue being very cautious, according to the Wyandotte County health officials Those who are sick should stay home, according to officials.

More details about Wyandotte County health guidelines for churches are at https://www.wycokck.org/WycoKCK/media/Health-Department/Documents/Communicable%20Disease/COVID19/COVID-19GuidelinesForChurches.pdf.

Residents are advised to visit the social media page of their church or faith organization, or to call them or email them, to see changes that have been made to regular schedules, or if there are video services planned on Sunday.

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has information about churches reopening and also Masses, including a Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 12, from the Cathedral of St. Peter, Kansas City, Kansas, at https://www.facebook.com/archkck.

Blessed Sacrament, Christ the King and Our Lady and St. Rose Catholic churches have resumed in-person Masses. For more information, visit the churches’ websites or Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/Christ-the-King-Parish-KCKS-1392808997677579/, https://www.facebook.com/BlessedSacramentkck and https://www.facebook.com/ourladyandsaintrose/. Mass is livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/BlessedSacramentkck.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, Kansas City, Kansas, will have services in person with social distancing at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12. There also will be livestream services at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, on the church’s website https://www.opendoorkc.com/.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas, plans to livestream at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, July 12, on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StonyPointChristianChurch, and people are welcome to attend the service in person, using social distancing and other health measures. Preschool is starting at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Sunday school for all ages will begin at 9 a.m.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kansas City, Kansas, has a Mass online for Sunday, July 12, at https://www.facebook.com/StPatrickKCK/videos/607621976536296. St. Patrick Church also has returned to in-person Masses.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Kansas, is planning livestream services on Facebook on Sunday, July 12. See stpaulskck.org and https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsKCK/.

Sunset Hills Christian Church, 6347 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, plans to livestream at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday on the Facebook page of Pastor Mike Barnett, https://www.facebook.com/mike.barnett.528. Services are also provided through checkout of DVD or SD Card and can be sent by email upon request. People are welcome to attend the service in person using social distancing and other health measures. Masks are available or bring your own to wear.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., is planning a livestream Sunday, July 12. For more information visit Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Wyandotteumc/ or online on the website at www.wyandotteumc.com.

Information about other church services in Wyandotte County may be available from the church’s social media page.
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Positive COVID-19 cases increase by 141 in Wyandotte County

Wyandotte County positive COVID-19 cases went up 141 from 1 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday, according to figures from the Unified Government COVID-19 webpage. (From UG COVID-19 webpage)
COVID-19 case numbers by date in Wyandotte County have shown a general increase in the last few weeks. (UG COVID_19 website)
The seven-day rolling average of positive cases in Wyandotte County showed a rise, then a slight decline recently. (UG COVID-19 website)

Wyandotte County positive COVID-19 cases went up 141 from 1 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday, according to figures from the Unified Government COVID-19 webpage.

Cases were reported at 2,939 on Saturday afternoon, an increase of 141 from Friday afternoon. There were no new deaths, as that total number remained the same, 87.

Piper school district reports athlete tests positive for COVID-19

The Piper school district has notified students and residents that a student-athlete has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to an announcement posted on the Piper school district website, the athlete is doing well, and had stopped going to activities more than a week ago when symptoms first appeared.

According to the district, precautionary measures were taken with athletes who were in direct contact with the student. The team did not have any connections with other activities.

Testing offered


Testing is offered at the UG Health Department parking lot, 6th and Ann, on Mondays through Fridays. New hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The free tests are for those who live and work in Wyandotte County, and who have symptoms or who have been exposed to COVID_19.


There are also pop-up tests available during the week through the Health Equity Task Force.

Wyandotte County is currently under the governor’s mask order and is under the Phase 3 of the state’s Ad Astra reopening plan.

More information is at wycokck.org/COVID-19 or call 311.

The governor’s executive order on masks is at https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/20200702093130003.pdf.

The governor’s news release on the mask order is at https://governor.kansas.gov/governor-laura-kelly-signs-executive-order-mandating-masks-in-public-spaces/.


The Wyandotte County mask order is at https://www.wycokck.org/WycoKCK/media/Health-Department/Documents/Communicable%20Disease/COVID19/06272020LocalHealthOfficerOrderRegardingMasks.pdf.


A news release on the Wyandotte County mask order is at https://www.wycokck.org/WycoKCK/media/Health-Department/Documents/Communicable%20Disease/COVID19/06272020PressReleaseLHORequiresPublicToWearMasks.pdf.


Wyandotte County now has posted an application for nonprofits, government agencies, school districts and businesses in Wyandotte County that want to apply for CARES Act funding. The web address is https://us.openforms.com/Form/6273fe80-8bba-4c18-b4e7-e551096d8a83.

For information on how to make an easy no-sew mask, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/how-to-make-a-no-sew-cloth-mask/.

For more information about COVID-19 testing, including other sites, visit https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19. Residents also may call 3-1-1 for more information about testing.


The state’s COVID-19 test page is at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/280/COVID-19-Testing.


Residents may visit the UG COVID-19 website at https://alpha.wycokck.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information or call 311 for more information.


Wyandotte County is currently under Phase 3. See covid.ks.gov.


The state plan’s frequently asked questions page is at https://covid.ks.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Reopening-FAQ_5.19.2020_Final.pdf.

The CDC’s COVID-19 web page is at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

According to the UG Health Department, workers who have tested positive in the past do not have to have a negative test in order to return to work, if they stayed home in isolation for at least 10 days after symptoms stopped. (UG Health Department graphic)

Semi collides with car on westbound I-70

An accident involving a semi at 10:30 p.m. Friday on westbound I-70 near the 57th Street exit resulted in a possible minor injury to the driver of a car.

A semi and a passenger car were westbound on I-70 when the semi went into the right lane and struck the passenger vehicle, the trooper’s report stated. The car then hit the barrier wall, according to the report.

The driver of the Saturn car, a 66-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, man, had a possible minor injury and was taken to a hospital, according to the report.

The driver of the semi, a 51-year-old man from Blue Springs, Missouri, had no apparent injury, according to the trooper’s report.