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Kansas City Health Director | Weekend Reopening Observations | Small Colleges' Future | 'The Disaster Class'

Julie Denesha
KCUR 89.3
Kansas City, Missouri, Health Director Dr. Rex Archer says the city is not currently testing enough people for COVID-19, and is skeptical a vaccine for the disease will be developed this year.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:30: Testing for COVID-19 in Kansas City, Missouri

Dr. Rex Archer gives us an update on testing in Kansas City, Missouri. He also shares his concerns for the future, when he says influenza and COVID-19 could combine to create an especially deadly winter.

Segment 2, beginning at 17:32: Weekend observations after Kansas City reopens

Kansas City has taken steps to reopen certain businesses and community centers, but are people ready to socialize in public safely again? Callers and business owners tell us what they saw over the last few days.

Segment 3, beginning at 37:50: What the future could hold for small colleges

COVID-19 will have a devastating impact on higher education, but it won't impact all colleges the same. Despite enormous challenges, some think smaller colleges can be be more nimble when it comes to adapting to social distancing guidelines.

Segment 4, beginning at 51:07: A virtual commencement speech

With graduation ceremonies across the metro cancelled, we're bringing you speeches from valedictorians in the Kansas City region. We kick things off with a valedictorian in the Shawnee Mission district.

  • Emory Apodaca, graduating senior at Shawnee Mission East High School
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