Free haircuts for kids offered Monday

Free haircuts for students in kindergarten through 12th grade will be offered from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the One Touch Building Maintenance office building, 221 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

Up to 150 kindergarten through 12th grade students who attend a Wyandotte County school may receive a free haircut, according to a spokesman.

The event next month is sponsored by the Jegna Klub and Purple Label Barbershop.

Students will get a free haircut from a licensed barber, and there will be food, a hygiene pack and shoe giveaways.

Moses Wyatt Jr., a teacher at Grant Elementary School who is the CEO of the Jegna Klub, said the event will help youth know that there are people in the community who care for them. A new haircut may help the youth feel better about themselves.

“We’re looking to provide some self-esteem, some haircuts for community youth,” Wyatt said. That may have a positive effect on their development and educational success.

There is a shoe drive going on, with new and lightly used shoes being collected at five stores, to be given away at this event, he added.

“It’s a trying time, a lot of people lost jobs, we’re just trying to provide some help,” he said.

Participating barbers include Purple Label and Surrcutts.

Community partners in the project include One Touch Building Maintenance, Open Arms, Initial, DVA%, Reset KC, Gallery by Volume 1ne, Taste of Flavor Popcorn, Bridge of Hope and Helping Hands.

More information on the event is available from Wyatt at 913-721-6570 or See

Traveled to Aruba or attended a college football game? You might need to quarantine

Wyandotte County reported an additional 45 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, for a cumulative total of 6,825, according to the Unified Government COVID-19 webpage. There were no additional deaths; the cumulative total is 134. (From UG COVID-19 website)

The Kansas travel quarantine list was updated last week to include those who have traveled to Aruba, as well as those who have attended any out-of-state mass gatherings of 500 or more where individuals did not socially distance and wear a mask.

As part of its efforts to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment updates its travel quarantine list frequently.

According to a KDHE news release last week, Aruba was previously on the list, but was removed Sept. 10. Its rates have increased during the last two weeks, however, to 4.2 times the rate of new COVID-19 cases in Kansas.

The list of those persons who need to quarantine for 14 days includes visitors and Kansas residents who have:

• Traveled to Aruba on or after Sept. 24.
• Attendance at any out-of-state mass gatherings of 500 or more where individuals do not socially distance (6 feet) and wear a mask.
• Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.

Mass gatherings are defined as any event or convening that brings together 500 or more persons in a single room or space at the same time such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater or any other confined indoor or outdoor space. This includes parades, fairs and festivals.

Mass gatherings does not include normal operations of airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers, or other spaces where 500 or more persons may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments, schools, restaurants, factories or retail or grocery stores where large numbers of people are present, but it is unusual for them to be within 6 feet of one another for more than 10 minutes.

“If you are choosing to travel or attend mass gathering events, please know that there are inherent risks,” Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE secretary, said. “Be sure to wear masks, practice social distancing and use proper hand hygiene. And, if you’re not feeling well, stay home!”

Wyandotte County reported an additional 45 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, for a cumulative total of 6,825, according to the Unified Government COVID-19 webpage. There were no additional deaths; the cumulative total is 134.

Free testing continues Monday

Free COVID-19 testing will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 28, at Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas.

The pop-up tests are through the Health Equity Task Force and Vibrant Health.

Free tests also are at the UG Health Department parking lot, 619 Ann Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. They are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointment is needed.

The tests are for those who live or work in Wyandotte County. Participants should bring something that shows their address or their work place, such as a piece of mail or a work badge.

The pop-up tests and the Health Department tests now are open to asymptomatic people as well as those who have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. Check with the UG Health Department’s Facebook page to see if there have been any changes in the schedule because of the weather or for other reasons.

The Health Department has released its testing schedule for October, and it is online at

More information about testing is at, or call 311.

The KDHE’s COVID-19 webpage is at

The UG COVID-19 webpage is at

The Unified Government COVID-19 hub outbreak map at

To see an NEA list of schools that have had COVID-19 cases, visit

The KC Region COVID-19 Hub dashboard is at

The Unified Government Health Department is collecting input on people’s experiences getting tested for COVID-19 in Wyandotte County. The survey is on the UG website at

The UG Health Department school and sports guidance is online at

A previous UG sports order is online at

The Wyandotte County school start order is online at

Wyandotte County is under a mandatory mask order and is in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan. For more information, residents may visit the UG COVID-19 website at or call 311 for more information.

The CDC’s COVID-19 webpage is at