U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist., is planning a community call tonight on COVID-19.
In an effort to keep Kansans up to date, Rep. Davids is holding a community college tonight with health offices, Rep. Davids stated in a news release. “We will provide an update on the status of COVID-19 in our community and measures being taken in Kansas to contain the spread of the disease, and answer any questions listeners may have. For community members who cannot make the call, my office has a web page dedicated to up to date coronavirus information, which is available at Davids.House.Gov/coronavirus.”
The community call is at https://davids.house.gov/live.
Rep. Davids also discussed the three new COVID-19 cases in Johnson County:
“The safety of Kansans has always been, and will continue to be, my top priority,” she stated. “My office has been in close contact with local and state public health officials, who are working around the clock to contain these cases and any others that may occur. We are committed to doing everything we can to keep our community safe, prepared and informed. Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of this virus in our community, including practicing preventative measures like covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, staying home when you are sick, and avoiding touching your face.”
The city of Edwardsville, Kansas, has announced it is taking several precautions to limit potential exposure of residents and staff to COVID-19.
According to Zack Daniel, assistant city manager, because of emerging health concerns in the Greater Kansas City region and the nation, Edwardsville is taking several precautions, including:
• Rescheduling March 19 Municipal Court appearances for later dockets. This does not apply to video arraignments, which will go on as scheduled.
• Placing a moratorium on new reservations for the Edwardsville Community Center until April 30, 2020.
• Placing a moratorium on new reservations for the shelter house at the Edwardsville City Park until April 30, 2020.
• Enacting appropriate social distancing procedures for Edwardsville police officers when dealing with large public gatherings.
• Considering additional personal protective measures for Edwardsville fire and EMS staff while treating patients, which may include placing masks on some patients.
Other measures to limit potential exposure to residents and staff may be considered as circumstances change and new information is made available, according to Edwardsville officials. These developments will be shared through news releases, on the city’s official website (www.edwardsvilleks.org), and the city’s various social media outlets. Additional information is being provided through the Wyandotte County Public Health Department (www.wycokck.org/health).
The NJCAA announced today that it was postponing national championship events for the upcoming Division I and II men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of COVID-19.
The decision affects the Kansas City Kansas Community College men’s basketball team, which is in the Division II national tournament.
Originally scheduled for the week of March 16, the national championship events have been postponed until a start date of Monday, April 20, according to the announcement.
Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA president and CEO, expressed his sentiments regarding the situation, “Due to the concerns surrounding the safety and security of our student-athletes and those involved with Division I and Division II NJCAA championships, we are postponing the tournaments and maintaining a fluid mentality to see these tournaments take place with a tentative start date.
“We have two main objectives in this situation – first and foremost is to protect the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, college personnel, and fans. Second is to make sure our student-athletes receive the national championship experience that they have worked so hard for.”