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Election Season Begins | Kansas City COVID-19 Surge

Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
State Auditor Nicole Galloway, left, meets with supporters at the opening of the Clay County Democratic headquarters. The Democratic candidate for Missouri governor stumped in Gladstone before moving on to St. Joseph where she was scheduled to rally with striking sheet metal, air, rail and transportation workers.

With Election Day eight weeks away attention to political campaigns from Washington to Kansas and Missouri is dialing up, and hospitals' top doctors warn that Kansas City is verging on uncontrolled coronavirus spread.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:40: The Labor Day weekend has been the traditional launching point for political races.

Ready or not, folks, here it comes again. Our political panel runs down all the big races — from the battle for the White House to the major contests in Missouri and Kansas.

Segment 2, beginning at 40:00: What uncontrolled COVID-19 spread could mean for Kansas City.

COVID-19 test positivity rates in Kansas and Missouri are above 10%, and medical professionals worry that people are getting fatigued with coronavirus control measures. That's part of why top health professionals in the area warned last week Kansas City is poised to become the next major U.S. hot spot.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Luke X. Martin is associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.