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Johnson County Testing | Shorter Baseball Season? | Meat Shortage & Barbecue | The Quarantine Blues

Julie Denesha
KCUR 89.3
Johnson County's Health Director Dr. Sanmi Areola wants to double the number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the county, which would put the weekly total at about 2,000.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:20: The Johnson County Health Department has plans to double testing for COVID-19 in the coming weeks.

As several weeks of stay-at-home orders draw to a gradual close in the Kansas City region, many folks still aren't sure whether they should seek out a test for COVID-19. The leader of the health department in Johnson County, Kansas, offered the latest guidance.

Segment 2, beginning at 16:30: Under normal circumstances, the Major League Baseball season would currently be in full swing.

Major League Baseball is floating the idea of an abridged season to start in July, Major League Soccer has proposed bringing all its teams to Orlando for competitive matches, and University of Kansas Athletics is punching back at allegations leveled by the NCAA.

Segment 3, beginning at 33:15: How a fresh meat shortage is affecting grills and smokers throughout Kansas City

Kansas City is famous for its smoked meats, but a meat shortage resulting from COVID-19 outbreaks at processing plants across the Midwest is threatening the protein supply that usually keeps pit masters occupied and customers' bellies full.

Segment 4, beginning at 52:30: A Kansas musician pens a stay-at-home song for the quarantine-weary.

It's been long enough by now that one local musician thought folks could use a friendly reminder about why so many are sheltering in place, and why safety and social distance is still paramount.

  • Mike Smith, musician and resident of Westwood, Kansas
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