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Lucas presser

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Lucas presser
Lucas presser
Lucas presser

STEPS AT CITY HALL.LET’S LISTEN.BYE, DR. REX ARCHER OUR DIRECTOROF PUBLIC HEALTH.COUNCILMAN KEVIN O’NEILL.IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU IN.DR. ERICA CARNEY OF OUREMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES.WE’VE HAD A FEW QUESTIONS ANDRECENT DAYS ON A NUMBER OFDIFFERENT THINGS.I WILL START WITH THE FIRSTWHICH RELATES TO PARKS PARKSPACE WHAT FOLKS HAVE BEEN DOINGAS YOU ALL KNOW OUR PARKS REMAINOPEN IN KANSAS CITY AND WEENCOURAGE IF YOU ARE AT OURPARKS TO MAINTAIN SOCIALDISTANCING AMONG OTHER ITEMS,BUT THIS WEEKEND AND WE DID SEESOME CONCERNS RIGHT FOLKSPLAYING ON BASKETBALL COURTSPOKES PLAYING ON PLAYGROUNDEQUIPMENT TO ADDRESS THAT THECITY HAS PUT UP CAUTION TAPE ONA NUMBER OF PLAYGROUNDS AND INTERMS OF HOW WE ENFORCE FURTHERTHE KANSAS CITY POLICEDEPARTMENT WILL BE INCREASINGPATROLS IN OUR PARKS.WE ALSO ENCOURAGE FOLKS IF YOUHAVE HEARD ABOUT HOUSE PARTIESOR ANY OTHER TYPES OF EVENTSTHAT SEEM TO EXCEED THE10-PERSON LIMIT TO CALL THETHREE ONE ONE LINE.SO CALL 3-1-1 YOU’LL BE ASKINGFOR A COMMUNITY INTERACTIONOFFICER.SO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BEDOING FOLLOW-UP IN TERMS OF IFYOUR NEIGHBOR HAS BEEN THROWINGLARGE HOUSE PARTIES OR IFTHERE’S BEEN SOME BUSINESS THATHAS NOT BEEN FOLLOWING THEPROPER RULES AND REGULATIONSCALL.3-1-1 WILL HAVE A KCPD COMMUNITYINTERACTION OFFICER OUT TOINVESTIGATE THEREAFTER AND THEPDPATROLS THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITYFEW OTHER NOTES THAT I WANTED TOADDRESS FOR YOU YESTERDAY WECERTAINLY HEARTENED TO HEAR THEPRESIDENT TOOK THE ADVICE OFMEDICAL EXPERTS AND OTHERS THATTHIS CRISIS WILL LAST LONGERTHAN BEYOND EASTER SUNDAY, BUTWILL GO TO APRIL THE 30TH ATTHIS TIME, KANSAS CITY IS NOTEXTENDING ITS EMERGENCY ORDER.HOWEVER, WE WOULD NOTE AS WE DOCONSISTENTLY.I TALKED TO OUR HEALTH DIRECTOR.I TALKED TO OUR DIRECTOR OF EMSTO REVIEW HOW LONG OUR ORDERWILL NEED TO STAY IN EFFECT.MY BELIEF IS LIKELY THAT IT WILLGO THROUGH APRIL 30TH.AND I THINK THE REASON THATWE’RE NOT SAYING AND END DATEYET NECESSARILY AN EXTENDED ENDDATE IS BECAUSE WE HAVE SOMEINTEREST IN MAKING SURE THATWE’RE NOT GIVING FALSE.HOPE TO FOLKS WHO MAY THINK THATTHERE IS A MAGIC DATE THAT COMESAND EVERYTHING GOES BACK TONORMAL THE REAL STANDARD FORWHEN THINGS GO BACK TO NORMALAND AT LEAST THE DIRECTION THATWE’RE GETTING FROM OUR HEALTHDIRECTOR AND OTHERS IS THIS ONEWHEN CASES ARE NO LONGERSPREADING WIDELY IN THISCOMMUNITY.THAT WOULD MEAN THAT NOT ONLYTHE RATE OF NEW CASES ISFALLING.BUT THERE ARE FEWER UNLINKEDCASES RIGHT NOW.WE STILL GET A NUMBER OF CASESTHAT HAPPEN.THEY SEEM TO BE SOMEWHAT RANDOMIN SOME WAY.WE DON’T ALWAYS KNOW THE TYPE OFTRANSMISSION.SO WE WANT TO SEE THE NEW CASERATE NOT JUST FLAT LINING, BUTALSO FOLLOWING FALLING BEFORE WECHANGE WE ALSO WOULD NOTE THATANOTHER FACTOR OF WHEN THINGSCHANGE IS WHEN THE LOCAL HEALTHSYSTEM ITSELF IS STRONGER ANDWHAT WE MEAN BY THAT IS THATIT’S CLEAR THAT WE CAN HANDLE ASUSTAINED LEVEL OF FOLKS WHO ARECOMING.CARE NOT JUST RELATING TOCOVID-19.BUT ALSO THE MANY OTHER HEALTHCONDITIONS THAT AFFECT OURCOMMUNITY ANOTHER AREA THAT’SGOING TO BE IMPORTANT FOR US ISTHE TIME AT WHICH WE ACTUALLYHAVE ENOUGH TESTING IN THISCOMMUNITY.AND I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHINGTHAT WE MAY OR THROUGHOUT THECOUNTRY GOVERNORS AND OTHERSCONTINUE TO ASK A GREAT DEALABOUT IS WHEN WILL WE HAVEADEQUATE TESTING TO MAKE SURETHAT WE’RE ACTUALLY GETTING AGOOD SNAPSHOT ON THE NUMBER OFINFECTIONS AND CASES FRANKLY IFWE KNOW WHAT THE LEVEL OFCOMMUNITY SPREAD IS WHERESPREADING AND WE CAN ACTUALLYHAVE BETTER ANSWERS UNTIL WEACTUALLY HAVE THOSE ELEMENTSMEANT I WOULD EXPECT US TOCONTINUE TO LOOK TO A LOT OF ARETHE STEPS THAT WE’VE TAKEN NOWTO CONTINUE.I INCLUDE IN THAT OUR SOCIALDISTANCING BUSINESS CLOSURES ETCA FEW OTHER QUESTIONS HAVE COMETO US DIFFERENT TIMES 1 IS ABOUTINCONSISTENCY IN TERMS OFESSENTIAL BUSINESSES VERSUS NON.I’VE GOT A VERY SIMPLE RULE OFTHUMB THAT USUALLY HAS GUIDEDME.WHEN WE’VE BEEN ASKED QUESTIONSIN MY OFFICE WHEN THE HEALTHDEPARTMENT’S BEEN ASKED TOOTHERS WHICH IS IF YOU HAVE TOASK WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS ISESSENTIAL OR NOT.IT LIKELY IS NOT AND ONE VERYSIMPLE POINT.IS THIS A CENTRAL DOES NOT MEANVALUABLE.I KNOW THAT EVERYONE’S BUSINESSEVERYONE’S WAY OF LIFE ISINCREDIBLY VALUABLE ISINCREDIBLY IMPORTANT.ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES REALLYSPEAK TO THOSE BUSINESSES THATKEEP OUR COMMUNITIES OPEN RIGHTTHAT ARE ACTUALLY TAKING CARE OFFOLKS HELPING BOTH COMMUNITIESSURVIVE AND PEOPLE SURVIVEREALLY GOING TO THAT LEVEL ISTHE BEST WAY TO ADDRESS IT OVERRECENT DAYS.THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HASISSUED.HUNDRED LETTERS ALREADY THAT IS202 BUSINESSES THAT NEED TOCOMPLY WITH THE ORDER.WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THATBUSINESSES THAT NEED TO COMPLYLARGELY NEED TO SHUT DOWN.AND SO WE HAVE THE HEALTHDEPARTMENT ACTING I THINKIMPRESSIVELY BECAUSE THEY’REHANDLING A NUMBER OF OTHERISSUES NOW AND CONNECTION WITHTHIS CRISIS BUT TO MAKE SURETHOSE BUSINESSES ARE TAKING HEATOF THE ORDERS IN OUR COMMUNITYRIGHT NOW ONE OTHER THING THAT IWOULD NOTE AND I NOTED THIS THISOVER THE WEEKEND, IT’S NOT LOSTON ME.OUR NEIGHBORS IN KANSAS HAVEISSUED A STATEWIDE ORDER.I CONTINUED TO WISH FOR SUCH ATHING AND THE STATE OF MISSOURIEVEN THOUGH OUR KANSAS CITY AREACOUNTIES ARE SUBJECT TO THATORDER.WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ISSIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY SPREAD ANDIT DOESN’T STOP AT THE JACKSONCOUNTY LINE.IT DOESN’T STOP AT THE CASSCOUNTY LINE.WHAT WE NEED IS ACTUALLY ACONCERTED EFFORT.I THINK THROUGHOUT THE STATE OFMISSOURI.WE CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THAT TOTHE GOVERNOR.I KNOW THE HEALTH DIRECTOR AHIS PEERS THROUGHOUT THE STATEOF, MISSOURI.FRANKLY AS PEERS THROUGHOUT THECOUNTRY HAVE TALKED ABOUTSTAY-AT-HOME ORDERS THEIR LEVELOF IMPORTANCE AND WE CONTINUE TOBELIEVE THAT THAT’S GOING TO BEKEY FOR US IN ADDITION PROVIDINGMORE PERSONAL PROTECTIVEEQUIPMENT IMPORTANTLY NOT JUSTFOR HEALTH WORKERS FIRSTRESPONDERS, BUT ALSO FRANKLY FORTHOSE IN GROCERY STORES THOSEWHO ARE DEALING WITH THE PUBLICAT A SIGNIFICANT EXTENT RIGHTNOW.WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MASKS.WE DON’T AVE ENOUGH.TAXI PROTECT A NUMBER THE PEOPLEWHO ARE IMPACTED.I’VE ALSO BEEN ASKED TO ANSWER AFEW QUESTIONS THAT ARE LISTEDFOR ME THEN I’LL COME BACK TOQUESTIONS FOR ALL OF YOU INTERMS OF THE BUSINESSES THAT AREHAVING CONCERNS AT THIS TIME.WHO CAN YOU CALL WE’VE SET UP ASPECIAL LINE AT CASEY BIZ CARE.YOU CAN CALL EIGHT ONE SIX 5 1 31 1 2 0 THAT’S 5 1 3 1 1 2 0 ANDCONNECTION WITH RESOURCES.YOU MAY NEED TO YOUR BUSINESSOPEN TO MAKE SURE THE BUSINESS.SELF IS SURVIVING.WE HAVE ANNOUNCED AND PASSED ITCITY COUNCIL A SMALL BUSINESSEMERGENCY RELIEF FUND WE EXPECTTO ANNOUNCE MORE DETAILS ABOUTTHE SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCYRELIEF FUND ON TUESDAY ORWEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK.WE WILL FIRST LOOK TO BEPROVIDING LOANS TO SMALL LOCALBUSINESSES.THAT WILL BE KANSAS CITY,MISSOURI BUSINESSES WITH 20 ORLESS EMPLOYEES.SO 20 OR FEWER EMPLOYEES ANDWE’LL LOOK TO ADDRESS BUSINESSESTHAT HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THISORDER WILL ANNOUNCE MORE DETAILSON THAT.GRAHAM MIDWEEK, WE WOULD LOOK TOHAVE THAT FUND ITSELF SET UP ANDREADY TO HELP PEOPLE NEXT WEEK AFEW REMINDERS FOR INDIVIDUALSBUS SERVICE REMAIN RUNNING INKANSAS CITY.THERE ARE MANY IN KANSAS CITYWHO EITHER WORK ESSENTIAL JOBSOR THIS IS THEIR ONLY WAY TO GETFOOD HEALTH CARE ETC.SO WE CONTINUE TO DO THAT TERMSOF ZERO FAIR TRANSIT, ALTHOUGHTHE CITY COUNCIL HAS PASSEDFUNDING TO HELP SUPPORT THAT WEHAD NOT PLANNED PREVIOUSLY AROLL OUT UNTIL THE 1ST OF JUNETH MIGHT BE EVEN LATER THISYEAR.WE CONTINUE TO HAVE A NUMBER OFROOTS THE PROSPECT MAX CORRIDOR.FOR EXAMPLE WHERE THERE ARE NOAFFAIRS REQUIRED BUT OUR BUSSERVICE CONTINUES IN KANSAS CITYAND WE WILL EXPECT IT CONTINUEDTHROUGHOUT THE CRISIS AS YOUWOULD NOTE.WE ALSO HAVE UTILITIES THAT HAVESUSPENDED SHUT OFFS BOTH CASEYWATER AT THE DIRECTION OF THECITY MANAGER, BUT ALSO A NUMBEROF OUR OTHER UTILITIES HAVEAGREED TO WORK WITH THAT ANDTHEN RENT PAYMENTS IN TERMS OFRENT.YOU STILL HAVE TO PAY BUT THEREWON’T BE EVICTIONS IN ANY OF OURKANSAS CITY AREA.COUNTIES AT LEAST IN WHICHKANSAS CITY SITS?WELL NOTE OTHERS ACTUALLY OFTENCALL OUR OFFICE IN CONNECTIONWITH UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ANDQUESTIONS IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONSON THAT OR ANY OF THESE ISSUESWE ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO TO KC MODOT-GOV / CORONAVIRUS.SO A FEW OTHER REMINDERS THAT IWANT TO NOTE AND THEN I’LL GETOUT OF THE WAY.ANY QUESTIONS ARE THIS CALL3-1-1 FOR MOST OF YOUR NEEDSRIGHT NOW, IF YOU THINK THATTHERE’S SOMEONE DOWN THE STREETWHO HAS NOT BEEN COMPLYING WITHTHE ORDERS IF THERE ARE FOLKSTHAT ARE HAVING LARGE HOUSEPARTIES THAT WE’VE HEARD ABOUTBUSINESSES THAT AREN’T INCOMPLIANCE.YOU CAN CALL 3-1-1 YOU SHOULDASK FOR A COMMUNITY INTERACTIONOFFICER FROM THE KANSAS CITYPOLICE DEPARTMENT.WE HAVE THEM IN EACH OF OURPATROL DIVISIONS.THEY WILL GO OUT AND INVESTIGATEAFTER THE CALLS HAVE BEEN MADE.WE’VE ENHANCED OUR PATROLS INTHE PARKS AS WELL TO MAKE WITHTHAT PEOPLE ARE COMPLYING WITHTHE ORDERS.WE ALSO NOTE THAT IF YOU HAVEANY IMMEDIATE HEALTH RISKRELATED QUESTIONS, YOU CAN CALLTHE HEALTH DEPARTMENT’SENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DIVISION ATEIGHT ONE SIX FIVE ONE THREE,SIX THREE ONE FIVE AGAIN.THAT’S FIVE ONE THREE SIX THREEONE FIVE IF YOU HAVE ANYEMERGENCY QUESTIONS RELATING TOENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ISSUES ETCAND THEN MY LAST AREA AND THENI’LL STOP FOR ANY QUESTIONS ANDTHE DOCTORS WILL BE AVAILABLEFOR ANY QUESTIONS AS WELL ANUMBER OF HAVE REACHED OUT TO USTO ASK WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR?THE HOMELESS POPULATION?WHAT ARE WE DOING TO MAKE SUREWE’RE PREPARED IF THERE IS ANOUTBREAK AND ARE ON HOUSEDCOMMUNITY A FEW DIFFERENT THINGSTHAT WE’RE EXPLORING NOW THECITY HAS ALREADY SPOKEN TO ANUMBER OF DIFFERENT HOTELSAPARTMENT ENTITIES AND OTHERS TOHELP CREATE A SITUATION FORTEMPORARY HOUSING IN OURCOMMUNITY.WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH REGIONALORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THECONTINUUM OF CARE FORHOMELESSNESS IN OUR REGION TOWORK NOT JUST IN, KANSAS CITY,MISSOURI.ACROSS STATE LINES TO MAKE SURETHAT WE WILL HAVE POPULATIONSABLE TO HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE IFTHEY’RE ACTUALLY RELATED WAITINGFOR TEST RESULTS IF THEY’RESUBJECT TO QUARANTINE.AND SO WE’RE WORKING ON THAT.WE ALSO CONTINUE TO WORK WITHOUR STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIESIN TERMS OF CREATING EXTRAHOSPITAL CAPACITY IN THE EVENTTHAT WILL BE NEEDING THAT ASWELL.WE’RE PROUD TO WORK WITHORGANIZATIONS, LIKE RESTART HOPEAND FAITH MINISTRIES THESALVATION ARMY AND OTHERS TOMAKE SURE THAT WE’RE READY.WHEN AND IF THERE IS AN OUTBREAKIN THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY AND ASYOU MAY KNOW KANSAS CITY,MISSOURI ITSELF APPROVED TWOHUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARSOF FUNDING RECENTLY FOR RESTARTAS PART OF THAT.WE ARE NOW ASKING THEM TO MAKESURE THEY’RE TAKING A LEADERSHIPROLE IN CREATING HOUSINGOPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WHO MAYBE SUBJECT TO QUARANTINE AS WEGO THROUGH WITH THAT ALL HAPPYTO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOUMIGHT HAVE.PEOPLE W ARE HAVING HOUSEPARTIES.I DON’T BELIEVE IT’S ORWELLIANAT ALL.IT’S A PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUE.I AM A LAWYER BY THE WAY, ANDWE’RE LOCAL GOVERNMENT POWERS ATITS GREATEST IS WHEN YOU’RETALKING ABOUT POLICE POWERS TOKEEP THE PUBLIC SAFE AND HEALTHYTHE HEALTH DIRECTOR HASEXTENSIVE AUTHORITY TO TRY TOMAKE SURE WE STAY SAFE LARGELYEVERYTHING.THAT I’M DOING IS INCONSULTATION WITH OUR MEDICALDIRECTORS AND MEDICAL STAFF.AND AND HERE’S THE DEAL.WE ARE NOT TRYING TO ELIMINATEANYONE’S NORMAL WAY OF LIFE.THERE WERE OTHER CITIES IN THISCOUNTRY THAT HAVE ISSUEDCURFEWS.WE HAVE NOT TAKEN THAT STEP.THERE ARE OTHER CITIES IN THISCOUNTRY THAT HAVE DONE FAR MOREEXTREME STEPS INCLUDING EVEN INTHIS METRO WHERE YOU HAVE THEOLICE ACTUALLY ENFORCING ANUMBER OF DIFFERENT ORDERSWEAVE.AND TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’REBEING DEFERENTIAL AS MUCH AS WECAN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT ONE THINGTHAT WE WILL BE SURE OF IS SOMEOF THE VERY COMMUNITY SPREADCONCERNS THAT WE’RE TRYING TOADDRESS DON’T OCCUR.AND SO, YOU KNOW, IT DISAPPOINTSME WHEN THIS WEEKEND.I WAS IN SWOPE PARK AND SAW THATTHERE WERE PROBABLY, YOU KNOW,50 KIDS AROUND A BASKETBALL GAMETHE KIDS THAT ARE PLAYING ANDTHEN THERE ARE FOLKS THAT ARESTANDING AROUND AND I UNDERSTANDTHAT IT’S WARM OUTSIDE.THESE ARE THINGS THAT PEOPLEWANT TO DO BUT THERE’S A REASONTHAT WE’RE THROUGH THESE STEPSNOW TO KEEP KIDS SAY IT’S KEEPTHEIR PARENTS THEIR GRANDPARENTSAND SO MANY OTHERS SAFE.I DON’T THINK IT’S ORWELLIAN INTHE SLIGHTEST INSTEAD.I THINK WE FOLLOWED AND GONETHROUGH EXTENSIVE STUDY INCONNECTION WITH OTHER CITIES INOUR METRO CITIES IN THE MIDWESTAND THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY TOMAKE SURE WE’RE FOLLOWING ORDERSTHAT A ARE CLEARLYCONSTITUTIONAL BUT ALSO ONESTHAT ARE NARROWLY TAILORED TOSUPPORT PUBLIC SAFETY A LIE.YEAH, IN TERMS OF COMPLIANCE, ITHINK BY AND LARGE I’VE SEENTHAT MOST KANSAS CITY AND ARECOMPLIANT WITH THE ORDERS AND ITHINK THERE ARE FEW WAYS.YOU CAN SEE THAT AS AN EXAMPLERARE IS IT THAT WE ACTUALLY GETTO HAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE HEREAND YOU SEE ALMOST NO CARS GODOWN 12TH STREET DURING OURENTIRE CONVERSATION.I’VE BEEN PROUD OF KANSAS CITYBUSINESSES AND BUSINESSES FROMTHROUGHOUT OUR REGION THAT ITHINK HAVE COMPLIED WITH ORDERSRECOGNIZING THAT THERE ISSIGNIFICANT CHANGE INDEED.THAT’S WHY WE WORK SO HARD TOPASS OUR SMALL BUSINESSEMERGENCY RELIEF FUND AS QUICKLYAS WE WERE BECAUSE THERE HAVEBEEN BUSINESSES LARGE AND SMALLTHAT SAID THAT WE’RE GOING TO DOOUR PART TO MAKE SURE WE’RECLOSING DOWN SO RESTAURANTSBARBERSHOPS, SO THE OTHERS THATARE FOLLOWING THESE ORDERS ANDAND YOU KNOW, I THINK WE HEARABOUT THE EXCEPTIONS ANDSOMETIMES THE BAD ACTORS, BUTI’VE BEEN VERY PROUD AND I WOULDSAY, YOU KNOW, 90% OF KANSASCITY BUSINESSES, AND I KNOW JUSTFROM MY INTERACTIONS AND WHAT ISEE ONLINE, I’M NOT GOING TOTHESE BUSINESSES, BUT WHAT IHEAR IS THAT EVERYBODY ISLARGELY COMPLYING WITH THESEORDERS AND I THINK THEY’RE DOINGIT KEEP COMMUNITIES SAFE.YOU KNOW, I DON’T I WOULDN’T SAYDISAPPOINTMENT.THE GOVERNOR’S GOT A BIG JOB,AND I’M NOT THE GOVERNOR OFMISSOURI, BUT I CERTAINLY THINKTHAT MISSOURI WOULD BE BETTEROFF WITH A STATEWIDE STAY ATHOME OR WE’VE SEEN TRAGIC DEATHSNOW IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENTCOUNTIES, NOT JUST IN JACKSON,ST.LOUIS COUNTY AND ST.LOUIS CITY AND HAD A DEATHYESTERDAY IN HENRY COUNTY THISAND SO I THINK WE WILL CONTINUETO SEE SPREAD AND THE OTHERCONCERN THAT I HAVE IS THIS INTHE SAME WAY THAT THE VIRUS HASIMPACTED COMMUNITIES ATDIFFERENT POINTS, RIGHT A FEWWEEKS AGO.WE DIDN’T SEE THE HUGE OUTBREAKTHAT WE’RE SEEING FOR EXAMPLENOW IN NEW ORLEANS, I HAVE ASIGNIFICANT CONCERN NOT JUST FORKANSAS CITY WHERE I MAYOR BUTALSO THROUGHOUT THE STATE OFMISSOURI THAT IF WE DON’T TAKETHESE AGGRESSIVE STEPS NOW YOUWILL SEE THAT SORT OF ACT INCOMMUNITIES LARGE AND SMALLTHROUGHOUT MISSOURI, AND I KNOWMUCH OF THE ANSWER THAT THEGOVERNOR HAS HAD OVER TIME HASBEEN THAT WELL, YOU KNOW PLACESIN THE STATE ARE DIFFERENT,KANSAS CITY’S DIFFERENT THANPOPLAR BLUFF, BUT FRANKLY, ITHINK KANSAS ANSWERS THAT POINTTO OVERLAND PARK IS DIFFERENTTHAN GOODLAND, KANSAS OR COLBYBUT AT THE SAME TIME WE SEE THATTHERE IS SOME NEED FORCONSISTENT RULES THROUGHOUT OURSTATE’S AND SO I WOULD ARGUERIGHT NOW THAT I THINK IT ISEIGHT IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTHAND PUBLIC SAFETY POINT.I THINK I’VE EXPRESSED THATPOINT PREVIOUSLY TO THE GOVERNORAND I SEE THAT THINGS HAVECHANGED THROUGHOUT THIS CRISISAND I HOPE THEY WILLRE-EVALUATE.I KNOW THEY HAVE A DAILY PRESSCONFERENCE.AND SO I HOP THEY TAKE THATOPPORTUNITY.YOU KNOW, I THINK RIGHT NOW.HE HAS A VIEW THAT THE STATE ISDIFFERENT IN HIS DEALING WITHTHE IMPACTS OF THIS IN DIFFERENTWAYS, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THATTHAT WILL BE HIS VIEW.I GUESS.MY GREATEST CONCERN IS KEEPINGKANSAS CITY AND SAFE.I HAPPEN TO KNOW THAT SOMEBODYWHO DRIVES INTO KANSAS CITY FROMAN HOUR AND A HALF OR TWO HOURSAWAY, RIGHT AND SOME PEOPLE JUSTCOME IN FOR WORK FOR EXAMPLE TODO THAT SORT OF STUFF A LOT OFOUR CONSTRUCTION SITES.FOR EXAMPLE, THE KCI AIRPORTWERE DRAWING ON A WORKFORCE.THAT IS NOT JUST FROM KANSASCITY, MISSOURI INDEED ONLY 3% OFIT WAS FRO FROM KANSAS CITY AFEW MONTHS AGO.AND SO FOR I THINK THE SIGN ISTHAT THIS VIRUS IS FLUID.JUST LIKE HUMANS ARE AND SO ITHINK WE DO WANT TO MAKE SURETHAT EVERY STEP THAT WE CANPOSSIBLY TAKE TO LIMIT COMMUNITYSPREAD WILL BE AN IMPORTANT ONE.WELL, YOU KNOW WE HAVE THE CITYMANAGER OUT HERE AND I KNOW HEHAS DONE A GREAT JOB IN TERMS OFMAKING SURE THEY’RE MORERESPONSIVE.WE HAVE AN ASSISTANT TO THE CITYMANAGER GENE LAWSON WHO HAS BEENIN IMPORTANT MEETING ABOUT THIS.AND SO I’M CONFIDENT THE THREEONE ONE IS READY AND ABLE TOHANDLE THE VOLUME OF CALLS THATWERE RECEIVING IN CONNECTIONWITH CORONAVIRUS AND THE SPREADOF COVID-19.YOU KNOW, I I THINK THE CITY ANDOUR CITY WORKERS ARE DOING ANIMPRESSIVE AND FRANKLYOUTSTANDING WORK RIGHT NOW ANDTRYING TO ADDRESS MANY OF THEPROBLEMS THAT WE’VE HAD DURINGTHE CORONAVIRUS PHASE AND SO I’DBE CONFIDENT DIRECTING ANYONE TOCALL 3-1-1 NOW TO TO HAVE THEANSWERS THAT THEY I MEAN THEIMPORTANT THING IS THIS IFYOU’RE IF YOU’RE HAVINGDIFFERENT ISSUES, DON’T CALL9-1-1 RIGHT CALL 3-1-1 INCONNECTION WITH THAT HOUSE PARTYCALL 3-1-1 WITH THE PARK ISSUECALL 3-1-1 WITH BUSINESS ISSUES.WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT OURPSTAFF IS READY TO HANDLE IT ANDI’M CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL BE INSUCH A POSITION.YEAH.YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT WHEN WETALK ABOUT FLATTENING THE CURVESOCIAL DISTANCING FOLLOWING ALOT OF THE ORDERS THAT EXISTSRIGHT NOW ARE THE WAY THAT WEARE ADDRESSING THIS AND SO WEHAVE TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT.BUT YOU KNOW, I’VE BEENIMPRESSED BY THE PEOPLE OFKANSAS CITY.I SAW SOME GRADE THE OTHER DAY.SASSY, I GUESS I’M A LIGHTERGREATER AND I WOULD GIVE US ASOLID B RIGHT NOW.I MEAN, I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK ATSOME AREAS, THERE ARE STILLCROWDS THAT BUILD UP I WOULDLIKE TO SEE THAT DIMINISH.I ACTUALLY DROVE BY A BAR WHERETHE PATIO WAS STILL SEEMINGLYOPEN YESTERDAY THAT’S LESS THANIDEAL.AND I KNOW THAT WE’RE SOCIALANIMALS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME WENEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’REACTUALLY ADHERING TO THESEORDERS BECAUSE THE ONLY WAY WEACTUALLY GET THROUGH THIS.IS BY MAKING SURE THAT WEREMAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCINGAND WE’RE FOLLOWING THE ORDERSAND I DON’T BRING UP NEW ORLEANSACCIDENTALLY.I MEAN IT’S A HUGE TOURIST TOWN,BUT THE AMAZING THING IS THATMETRO AREA IS I THINK A LITTLESMALLER THAN ARMS AND TO HAVETHOUSANDS OF CASES RIGHT NOW ISOVERLOADING THEIR HEALTH CARESYSTEM.IT’S OVERLOADING BASIC SERVICES.IT’S HAVING THIS NEGATIVE IMPACTON LOTS OF THINGS WHAT I DO.NOT WANT TO SEE IS THE SAMESITUATION IN KANSAS CITY AND SOIN SOME WAYS WE MAY BE LUCKY.WE’RE WE’RE GEOGRAPHICALLY BASEDAND THAT WE DIDN’T SEE THE HUGEEARLY SPIKE.BUT ALL OF THESE STEPS WERETAKING NOW ARE VITAL AND I MEANTHAT EVEN ON THE WORLD’S MOSTBEAUTIFUL DAY, RIGHT?EVERYBODY’S GOING TO BEENCOURAGED TO GO TO THE SAMESPACE, BUT DON’T WRITE TRY TOFIND A WAY TO GET SOMEWHERE ELSETRY TO FIND A WAY TO NOT VIOLATEA LOT OF OUR SOCIAL DISTANCINGRULES AND I WILL SAY THIS FOROUR STORES THAT ARE STILL OPENOR GROCERY STORES AND OTHERS,YOU KNOW, I’D ASK PEOPLE TO MAKESURE THEY’RE MAINTAINING SPACETHERE.WE DO HEAR ANECDOTALLY LOTS OFREPORTS OF HOW CROWDED THEIRSTORES CAN GET OR LINES CAN GETEVEN IF THE STORE HASN’T PUTDOWN SPACES FOR YOU.IT’S LIKE A TUMBLEWEED TIME FORUS BY THE WAY, BUT EVEN IFSTORES HAVEN’T PUT DOWN THATSORT OF SPACE FOR YOU JUST MAKESURE YOU’RE MAINTAINING ITYOURSELF BECAUSE THAT’S I THINKTHE MUCH BETTER WAY FOR US TOADDRESS IT LONG TERM.SO, YOU KNOW AT THIS POINTBECAUSE I’VE HAD SO MUCH TO SAYI’LL MAKE WAY FOR DR. REX ARCHERANSWER SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU.THANK YOU MAYOR.WE ARE LOOKING AT THIS SOME OFTHE COMMERCIAL LABS ARE STILLWAY TOO LATE IN GETTING THEIRSAMPLES BACK AND THE COST INSOME CASES IS 300 OR MOREDOLLARS PER TEST.SO WE ARE EVALUATING THAT ISSUETHE FLIP SIDE OF THIS IS YOUALSO HAVE TO HAVE THE DISEASEDETECTIVES TO BE ABLE TOMONITOR.THE POSITIVE CASES TO DO THATFALL UP AND WE’RE IN THE PROCESSOF FILLING 10 POSITIONS, AND WEDO KNOW THAT WE’RE BEGINNINGMONEY COMING DOWN FROM SEED.SEEDS OF THE STATE THAT WILLHELP SUPPORT THOSE POSITIONS.SO WE’RE GEARING UP FOR THIS BUTWE’RE NOT THE SUPPORT AND FOLLOWUP WHAT THE MAYOR WAS SAYING?EVERYBODY HAS RESPONSIBILITIESIN THE CITY.TO BE HELPING US WITH THISBECAUSE WE’RE DAMAGING SOMEBUSINESSES THROUGH THIS ACTIONRIGHT NOW, AND IF PEOPLE DON’TCOMPLY ON THE VOLUNTARY SIDE ANDALL THESE OTHER SETTINGS THAT WECAN’T REMOVE THIS AS SOON ASWE’D LIKE TO SO EVERYBODY NEEDSTO BE ENFORCING.THIS IS THE SAME THING WITHSMOKING RIGHT NOW PEOPLE SELFENFORCE THAT.WE DON’T HAVE TO GO OUT AND TELLPEOPLE NOT TO SMOKE IN THESEVARIOUS PLACES PEOPLE LOOK ATEACH OTHER AND SELF AND OR SOWE’RE ASKING PEER PRESSURE NOWDON’T DO IT VIOLENTLY, BUT JUSTASK PEOPLE TO BE PRACTICINGTHESE SOCIAL DISTANCINGCOMPONENTS BECAUSE THAT’S ACRITICAL PART OF OUR RESPONSE.AND YES, WE HOPE THE GOVERNORWILL SUPPORT US THE HEALTHDEPARTMENT’S THAT NINE OF USTHAT COVER BASICALLY HALF OF THEPOPULATION HAS SUBMITTD ACOUPLE LETTERS NOW TO THEGOVERNOR REQUESTING MISSOURIHOSPITAL ASSOCIATION THEMISSOURI OF FAMILY PHYSICIANSGROUP NURSES GROUP.WE’VE ALL COME TOGETHER ONLETTERS ASKING THE GOVERNOR TOTAKE THIS STAND BECAUSE IF WE INKANSAS CITY ARE DOING THE RIGHTTHING.BUT OTHERS THEN AREN’T THEY CANCOME TO OUR HOSPITALS AND TAKEUP OUR SURGE CAPACITY.SO WE NEED TO DO THIS STATEWIDE.FRUSTRATED I AM I AMDISAPPOINTED.THAT HE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO DOTHIS YET.I KNOW HE’S GOT A LOT.OF OTHER PRESSURES AS WE ALLKNOW WHENEVER YOU PUT FORTH ANEW REGULATION OR LAW ORSUGGESTION IF THE MAJORITY OFFOLKS AREN’T ALREADYUNDERSTANDING IT WILLING TOCOMPLY IT BECOMES A CHALLENGEAND IN SOME OF OUR LARRY HASRIGHT NOW THEY HAVEN’T SEEN THEDEATH TOLL THEY HAVEN’T SEEN THENUMBER OF CASES.SO I MEAN I UNDERSTAND PART OFWHY HE’S STRUGGLING WITH THIS,BUT I ALSO THINK THAT THE ISSUEWHERE THE PRESIDENT MIGHT HAVEBEEN PULLING THIS BACK AFTER 15DAYS PROBABLY HAD A FACTOR INTHE FACT THAT THAT’S BEENEXTENDED SHOULD HELP US.SO WE JUST HOPE THAT EVERYBODYWILL HELP THE GOVERNOR KNOW THATHE’S GOT THE SUPPORT FROM THEPEOPLE WHO DO THE RIGHT.DR. CARNEY DO ANYTHING TO DR.CARTER.HE’S OUR DIRECTOR.THANK YOU.DR. ARCHER.I AGREE AND SUPPORT BOTH OF THESTATEMENTS MADE BY BOTH MAORI.AND DR. ARCHER ON THE HEALTHCARESIDE AS THE REGION A MEDICALDIRECTOR.I’M PROUD OF OUR REGION EVERYMAJOR HOSPITAL IN AGENCY COMESTOGETHER ALMOST DAILY DAILY TODISCUSS WHAT OUR CAPACITY IS.WHAT OUR RESPONSE IS AS A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER WORKING IN IN THISRIGHT NOW?I CAN TELL YOU GUYS THAT IT ISHERE AND THE DIRECTION GIVEN BYDR. ARCHER IN THE MAYOR BOTHAPPROPRIATE AND NECESSARY.SO OUR REGION IS LISTENING ADOING THE RIGHT THING.IT’S A REALLY GOOD QUESTION.SO THE GOOD NEWS IS WE HAVE ADECADE LONG STANDING RESOURCETHAT WE UTILIZE HERE IN THE TOLOOK AT.YOU BEDS VENTILATORS.IT IS SLOWLY BEING ADAPTED TOLOOK AT COVID RESOURCESSPECIFICALLY THE GOOD NEWSOVERALL IS IN HOSPITALS ACROSSTHE BOARD.THE CENSUS IS LOW, WHICH MEANSPEOPLE HAVE BEEN LISTENING TOTHE MAYOR AND THE HEALTHDIRECTORS STATEMENT TO ONLY GOINTO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IFYOU BECOME EXTREMELY ILL THATBEING SAID WE ALL FEEL ON THEHEALTHCARE SIDE.THIS IS POTENTIALLY THE CALMBEFORE THE STORM.WE KNOW THAT WHENEVER WE GET THETEST RESULTS BACK THERE ALREADYA COUPLE OF DAYS.BEHIND JUST BECAUSE IT TAKESTIME TO GET THE TEST RESULTSBACK AND I CAN TELL YOUANECDOTALLY AFTER WORKING IN THECOVID POTTED IT IS HERE ANDTHERE ARE PATIENTS WHO ARE SICKWITH THIS.DI WRIGHT I THINK WE ALLRECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS GOING TOBE A SIGNIFICANT TIME OFSTRUGGLE FOR US THIS SPRING ANDPROBABLY PROBABLY WELL THROUGHTHE SUMMER.WE ARE TRYING TO DO WHAT WE CANAT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEVEL,BUT WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE ONLYHAVE SO MUCH MONEY SO MUCHRELIEF THAT WE CAN PROVIDE THEREARE A FEW DIFFERENT WAYS THAT WECAN TRY TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUELONG-TERM ONE.I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A QUICK ANDRAPID DEPLOYMENT.THE FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS THATCO

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