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Wyandotte County Testing | Underfunded Care Facilities | COVID-19 Legal Action | Quarantine Puzzle Boom

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Julie Denesha
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KCUR
Drive thru test sites are available five days a week throughout Wyandotte County.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:07: The chief medical officer for Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, wants to see COVID-19 testing doubled.

About 500-750 people are being tested weekly, but the chief medical officer for Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, would like to see the number increased to 1,000-1,200 tests a week. Residents can be tested by their primary care doctor, the health department or pop-up test sites, which will soon include two Walmart locations.

Segment 2, beginning at 22:39: A long-standing lack of funding exacerbated the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Elaine Godfrey, whose grandmother died of COVID-19 in a Minnesota nursing home, discussed how underfunded nursing homes and long-term care facilities increased the vulnerability of the residents. Her reporting shows the problem has existed decades before the coronavirus pandemic.

Segment 3, beginning at 40:14: The coronavirus is spurring talks throughout the legal system about the potential of future lawsuits.

The family of one Kansas City health care professional has filed for death benefits through Missouri's workers compensation law. What does the case say about legal protections and the difficulty of proving a claim in a civil lawsuit?

Segment 4, beginning at 52:14: Puzzles have been a hot commodity while more people spend time at home.

One store owner talked about what the most popular size puzzle is, and why she's had a hard time keeping them on the shelf.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at luke@kcur.org or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer at KCUR. Reach out to her at mackenzie@kcur.org or on Twitter @_macmartin.
Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her at elizabeth@kcur.org or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz