Study shows mask mandates and restaurant restrictions work to limit spread of COVID-19

A study released March 5 showed that mandating masks and restricting on-premise dining can limit community transmission of COVID-19, including reducing case number rates and death growth rates.

According to the study, where masks were mandated, there was a decrease in daily COVID-19 case rates and death growth rates within 20 days of implementation.

The study also says that where on-premises restaurant dining was allowed, there was an increase in daily COVID-19 case growth rates 41 to 100 days after implementation, and an increase in daily death growth rates 61 to 100 days after implementation.

The study analyzed county-level data and state executive orders mandating masks and restaurant closures.

The study’s findings support the CDC’s recommendations for universal masking and avoiding nonessential indoor spaces to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the study looked at data from counties and states in the United States from March 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020.

To read the study, visit https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7010e3.htm.

COVID-19 case numbers reported

Wyandotte County reported an increase of 12 COVID-19 case on Friday, March 5, for a cumulative 17,736 cases. There was a cumulative total of 273 deaths reported, no change since Thursday. Case number updates now are issued from Monday through Friday, not on Saturday or Sunday.

The Mid-America Regional Council’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 160,965 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The daily average of new hospitalizations was 85. Cumulative deaths in the nine-county area were 2,236.

The state of Kansas reported 295,861 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Friday, March 5, an increase of 752 cases since Wednesday. There were a total cumulative 4,812 deaths, a decrease of four since Wednesday, KDHE figures. The KDHE stated that the decrease in deaths was attributed to a review of death certificates. Some deaths originally reported as COVID-19 were determined during the review as not having had COVID-19 as the main cause or contributing cause of death, according to the KDHE. Case number updates are issued on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard on Saturday night reported 28,952,949 cases in the United States, with 524,362 total deaths nationwide.

COVID-19 tests scheduled Monday

The Pierson Community Center COVID-19 testing site at 831 S. 55th is open at 9 a.m. Monday, March 8. Tests are through WellHealth. Appointments are required, check with the website, www.gogettested.com/Kansas, for available appointment times.

Another COVID-19 testing site will be at Lowe’s, 6920 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 8. Tests are through WellHealth. Appointments are required, check with the website, www.gogettested.com/Kansas, for available appointment times.

Unified Government COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites are scheduled to be open on Monday, March 8. The Unified Government Health Department’s COVID-19 test site at the former Kmart building at 78th and State will be open Monday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are not needed for COVID-19 tests there on Monday. There is also another UG Health Department location for COVID-19 testing at the former Best Buy store, 10500 Parallel Parkway. More information is at https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19. To see if there is any change to the schedule, visit https://www.facebook.com/UGHealthDept.

The Health Department is offering saliva COVID-19 tests to the public. Tests from the Health Department are free for those who live or work in Wyandotte County.

The tests 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. Bring something that shows that you live or work in Wyandotte County, such as a utility bill.

Walk-in vaccines available for those 85 and older

The UG Health Department is offering COVID-19 vaccines Monday through Friday for Wyandotte County residents who are over 65.

Those Wyandotte County residents who are 85 or older can walk in and do not need an appointment Monday through Friday at the vaccination sites at 7836 State Ave. and 10500 Parallel Parkway. The sites are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Those who are 65 and older, as well as critical workers, still need appointments for vaccines.

All those 65 and older should bring an ID or other proof of age, such as a driver’s license, government ID or birth certificate, as well as something showing their Wyandotte County address, such as an ID or a piece of mail.

For more vaccine information, and to fill out a form expressing interest in getting a vaccine, visit WycoVaccines.org or call 3-1-1.

Testing sites are at https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19.

Saliva testing is now offered at the UG Health Department. For more information, visit https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/02042021-ugphd-saliva-testing-available.pdf.

The University of Kansas Health System COVID-19 update page is at https://www.kansashealthsystem.com/patient-visitor/covid19-update.

A weekly vaccine report for the state of Kansas is at
https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/DocumentCenter/View/123/Vaccine-Historical-Document-22521?bidId=.

Cards and letters of encouragement for caregivers at KU Health System may be sent to Share Joy, care of Patient Relations, 4000 Cambridge St., Mailstop 1021, Kansas City, Kansas, 66160. Emails can be sent to ShareJoy@kumc.edu.

Wyandotte County is under a mandatory mask and social distancing order.

The UG COVID-19 webpage is at https://alpha.wycokck.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information.

The KDHE’s COVID-19 webpage is at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/.

The KC Region COVID-19 Hub dashboard is at https://marc2.org/covidhub/.

The Wyandotte County page on the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 website is at https://bao.arcgis.com/covid-19/jhu/county/20209.html.

The Johns Hopkins Data in Motion, a presentation on critical COVID-19 data in the past 24 hours, is at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/covid-19-daily-video.

Blue Devils sweep softball twin bill with pair of shutouts

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC sports information

Kansas City Kansas Community College needed just 10 innings Saturday to sweep a a pair of shutouts from Central Nebraska 17-0 and 12-0.

The wins improved the Blue Devils’ record to 8-2 heading into the Crowder Bash in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Friday where they play Southeastern Iowa at 4 p.m. and Mineral Area at 6 p.m.

The lopsided wins enabled KCKCC coach Lana Ross to use her entire pitching staff. Breanna Droge allowed just one hit and struck out four in 3.1 innings of the opener before Samantha Reynolds finished up, retiring all five hitters she faced.

Nerida Elson pitched the first two innings of the second game, allowing two hits and striking out one. Bradi Basler pitched the third and fourth innings, allowing two hits with Regan Marsh working a hitless fifth.

Devin Purcell and Hannah Maurer each drove in five runs in the 17-0 opener, Purcell doubled and singled twice; Maurer doubled twice. Alyssa Seichepine also had a pair of hits in the 12-hitt attack.

Six Blue Devils had extra base hits in the 12-0 nightcap. Purcell homered, Alexis Rymer tripled and Savannah Maynard, Madison Pope, Alaina Howe and Basler each doubled while Georgia Faunt delivered a run-scoring pinch single

“We played well defensively behind good pitching,” KCKCC coach Lana Ross said. The Blue Devils had just one error in the two games. “We turned two double plays in the second game. It was a good day with every player contributing; very proud of the team coming out with a lot of energy and really doing a great job at the plate.”

Faith news


Some faith groups are 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.

Some churches have been changing their services as a result of COVID-19 restrictions for the community. 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, Masses, and reflections, 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/. Sunday Mass is online at https://www.facebook.com/BlessedSacramentkck.

Christ the King Catholic Church, 3024 N. 53rd, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 8, at Davern Hall, in the church basement. Those interested in donating blood may visit https://savealifenow.org/ to make an appointment or get more information, or call 816-753-4040, or visit https://www.facebook.com/Christ-the-King-Parish-KCKS-1392808997677579. Also, Christ the King plans its first St. Joseph’s Table after Mass at 5 p.m. March 19. Desserts made by parishioners will be available for purchase. There is a signup form at https://www.ctkkcks.org/?fbclid=IwAR32ELwLvcfxJXukqn-5o0bT6ZzMNo0m1GyxaNYV-0iodR5AD6AtPOUdsR4.

Casa – Worship House Christian Church, 5217 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, will have services at 11 a.m. Sunday. The church has an online service at www.facebook.com/casadealabanzaKCKS. Check with the church’s social media page for more information on services. For more information, visit Facebook @casadealabanzaKCKS.

The First Christian Church of Bonner Springs, 148 N. Nettleton, Bonner Springs, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, in the Fellowship Hall. Those interested in donating blood may visit https://savealifenow.org/ to make an appointment or get more information, or call 816-753-4040.

Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, at its Family Life Center. Those interested in donating blood may visit https://savealifenow.org/ to make an appointment or get more information, or call 816-753-4040.

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, March 7. There will be a livestream service at https://www.facebook.com/opendoorkc/ and https://www.opendoorkc.com/.

Our Lady and St. Rose Catholic Church is holding a Lenten fish fry from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 12, at Davern Hall, 3024 N. 53rd. To be available are a dinner with one catfish fillet for $10 or two catfish fillets for $12. The dinner includes green beans, cole slaw and pound cake. Orders may be placed and prepaid by March 9 at ourladyandsaintrose.org/fishfry, or 913-321-1958.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will have services at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, March 7. Services also will be livestreamed on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StonyPointChristianChurch.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas, has a Mass online for Sunday, March 7, at https://www.facebook.com/StPatrickKCK. St. Patrick will have a drive-up fish dinner at 4:30 p.m. each Friday in Lent. Vehicles will enter on 94th Street, and then go to the parish center. Adult meals are $11, kids meals are $6, and a family meal is $30.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold its services at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 7, online at https://www.stpaulskck.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsKCK/. St. Paul’s will have an all-parish forum on Zoom after services March 7.

Sunset Hills Christian Church, 6347 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, will have services at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 7. For more information about this Sunday’s plans, visit 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.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., will have a livestreamed service Sunday, March 7, on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Wyandotteumc/ or online on the website at www.wyandotteumc.com. The church is planning to resume in-person services at 11 a.m. March 21, with social distancing and masks.

Information about other church services in Wyandotte County may be available from the church’s social media page.
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