COVID-19 Resource Page

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These are COVID-19-related resources being compiled by various organizations, in various places, and reflected in our Mainstream Coalition page on Facebook. If you have any questions, or any resources you'd like us to add, please let us know at the Mainstream Coalition Facebook page to request.

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Information

These are resources about COVID-19 in general, and specific sources for finding the latest information about Kansas.


Do more than vote during COVID-19

How can you stay engaged and active during the COVID-19 events? First, take care of yourself, your loved ones, and your community. See the rest of the resources below for how to do that. Then, when you're safe, see what you can do to still make a difference in Kansas. You're needed.

  • Fill out your Census 2020 form (KansasCounts.org)
    • Then, do more than fill out your Census, get others to do so! Get in touch with your friends, family, and others you know. Ask them how they are doing in this crisis. Then ask if they have filled out their Census forms. When COVID-19 is past, eventually, we'll still be faced with a decade that will rely on this data. That data will determine Federal assistance for public health, schools, roads, housing, and more, including the redistricting process here in Kansas.
  • Join our Voter to Voter Project. Now, more than ever is a great time to engage your friends and family in voting. Our Voter to Voter tool is strictly non-partisan to increase voter turnout in Kansas. And best of all it is ALL online! Join or create a team now. contact@votertovoter.org.

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Trusted News Sources


National Resources

  • CDC - Center for Disease Control
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • IRS - The IRS has extended the filing deadline for 2019 taxes to July 15, 2020.
  • The White House
  • Better Business Bureau - Beware of Scammers During this Pandemic
  • CARES ACT - Enhanced Tax Benefits for Charitable Gifts 
    • Changes to Limits on Charitable Contributions:
      • Individuals: For those who itemize their deductions for charitable giving, the 50% of adjusted gross income limit is suspended for 2020.
      • Corporations: The 10% limit on charitable contributions is increased to 25% of taxable income.
      • $300 Deduction of Cash Contributions: Ability to deduct up to $300 of cash contributions to charities, regardless of whether the individual itemizes deductions.

Kansas, County, and Local Resources

Kansas

  • Kansas Dept of Health & Environment KS COVID-19 Resource center 
    • 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)
      Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Kansas Department of Commerce
    Governor Kelly is committed to providing support to our state’s small businesses, and she understands this pandemic is an especially serious challenge for the hospitality industry. In order to sustain operations for this sector, the administration has allocated $5 million for a round of bridge loans to hospitality businesses. Eligible businesses in Kansas will be able to apply for a one-time loan of up to $20,000 at 0% interest for a period of 36 months. There will be no principal or interest payments for the first four months. To find out more, click here.The Kelly Administration has established the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund to provide bridge loans for Kansas’ hospitality sector during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • WIC - Kansas WIC participants and new applicants will be able to receive benefits without having to be physically present. The KDHE has waived the requirement to be physically present to receive services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The waiver is in effect until May 31, unless it is extended.
  • Kansas Gas Service
  • Harvesters- food assistance
  • Evergy
    • Extended payment options with customer service available to help walk through payment plans (even for those on plans currently).
    • No late payment fees until May 1 (for residential or small business customers).
    • No power disconnections related to nonpayments (for residential or small business customers).
    • Reduced payments for reconnecting service with no security deposit. If you've been disconnected for nonpayment, you'll only need to pay 1/12 of your balance.
    • A plan in place to keep the lights on in our communities.
  • U.S. Representative Sharice Davids
    The offices in Washington, D.C., Overland Park, & Kansas City have transitioned fully to tele-work until further notice to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
    • Washington, D.C. - (202) 225-2865
    • Kansas City, Kansas - (913) 766-3993
    • Overland Park - (913) 621-0832
  • Senator Jerry Moran
    If you are a Kansas resident and you or your family need assistance with matters related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please email casework@moran.senate.gov
  • Senator Pat Roberts
    Email is the best form of contact. Email Senator Roberts
  • Local Kansas State Senators or Representatives
    If you need to reach your local legislators look them up at ksleglookup
  • JoCo RecyclingDue to concerns about COVID-19 and other impacts on staffing Johnson County has allowed trash haulers to decide if they will collect items outside of the auto-loading trash and recycling trucks. This could potentially impact the collection of yard waste, recycling that is placed outside the collection bins, and bulky item pickup.

Johnson County

Wyandotte County

Shawnee County

Douglas County

Sedgwick County

Kansas City Metro

#STAYHOMEKANSASCITY

The CORE 4 partners of Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, based on the urgency of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the imminent rapid progression of the pandemic in our area, announce that beginning Tuesday, March 24, residents will be directed to stay at home except for essential needs. All jurisdictions will issue orders that will stay in effect for 30 days from the effective date of March 24, with consideration after 30 days of whether to prolong these orders beyond that date, based on public health and critical care metrics available at that time.

Examples of essential businesses and services that will remain open during this time period include critical government services, infrastructure projects, childcare, healthcare, grocery stores, pharmacies, and delivery/carry-out/drive-through services from restaurants.


Education

These are resources for parents looking to keep their kids safe and engaged during the COVID-19 event.

Statewide

Free Resources

  • Smithsonian Distance Learning
  • Audible Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids for free as long as schools are closed.
  • eLibrary Check out the Johnson County Library for books, magazines, streaming videos, audio books and more. 
  • Science City - Huge resource for a multitude of disciplines: science, social studies, history, mathematics, literature, art, and more.

Blue Valley School District

De Soto School District

  • COVID-19 De Soto
  • Curbside meals
    • Meal kits handed out on Monday/Wednesday
    • Starts March 25
    • Pick up locations:
      • Clearview City, De Soto 10:45–11 
        Prospector's Point, De Soto 11:15–11:30 
        Gracepoint Church, Shawnee (parking lot) 12-12:30
      • De Soto High School 11:30–12:30

Gardner/Edgerton School District

  • COVID-19 USD 231
  • Meal Kits handed out on Monday/Wednesday
    • Starts March 23
    • Pick up locations:
      • Edgerton Elementary 10:30-11
      • Wheatridge Middle 11:30-12:30

Kansas City, Kansas School District

Olathe School District

Shawnee Mission School District

Spring Hill School District

Turner School District

Lawrence Public Schools

Topeka Public Schools

Wichita Public Schools


Jobs/Economy

These are resources for people experiencing economic hardship due to COVID-19 or related events.

  • Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Rapid Response for Laid-Off Workers
  • Kansas Department of Labor
    • COVID-19 Response Resources - KS DOL 
    • KS Dept of Commerce Jobs & Hiring Portal
      • Job seekers can visit the site to find companies hiring for COVID-19-related positions and quickly access company hiring portals.
      • If you're an employer and want to post positions go to https://www.kansascommerce.gov/covid-19-hiring-intake-form/ This site allows employers from essential industries to quickly and easily post critical positions that need to be filled to support activities related to helping individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The site, which is available at no cost to employers or job seekers, will be updated continuously as businesses add new jobs to the system.
  • Unemployment Insurance
    • Displaced workers can file for Unemployment Insurance or call 800-292-6333. Due to high call volumes, online filing is the fastest way to get benefits.
  • Kansas Department of Commerce
    • Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency Fund - Eligible businesses in Kansas will be able to apply for a one-time loan of up to $20 thousand at 0% interest for a period of 36 months. There will be no principal or interest payments for the first four months.
    • Business Incentives -  Businesses with concerns of default should contact the Department of Commerce program manager to discuss options that may exist to assist during these unprecedented times. Contact Susan.neupothcadoret@ks.gov or (785) 296-7198 if you're unsure of your program manager.
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
  • CARES Act assists eligible businesses looking for payroll support to keep Americans working.

Entertainment/Lifestyle Resources

The following are resources we've found for Pages to Follow on Facebook/online for free concerts/arts/entertainment/workouts (in no particular order and no endorsements from Mainstream):

  • Kansas City Young Audiences
  • Kansas City Symphony - Watch and listen to the Kansas City Symphony
  • Lunchtime Doodles from the Kennedy Center - Daily doodle from the Artist in Resident at the Kennedy Center
  • The Science of Well-Being - Free online class from Yale University
  • Planet Fitness - Tune into the “no judgment” gym’s Facebook page every day at 6 p.m. for a live 20-minutes-or-fewer “work in” led by personal trainers, and special guests. Free; no membership or equipment required. The workouts will be available for playback on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.
  • Core Power Yoga - The studio has put together a collection of free classes available anytime, on demand. Classes vary in length.
  • eLibrary - Check out the Johnson County Library for books, magazines, streaming videos, audio books and more. 
  • CurbsideKC - A database of businesses (restaurants/liquor stores) offering curbside takeout and/or delivery throughout the area.
  • Audible - Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids for free as long as schools are closed.
  • Museum at Home - a project of Museums around the world where people can request Museums post art pictures.
  • Nelson Atkins - "Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt" Virtual Tour
  • Virtual Museum Tours - 12 virtual museum tours from around the globe
  • Wonderscope - free online classes. Check out their online schedule.
  • National Zoo Live animal cams  - The National Zoo has live web cams to watch animal
  • Kansas CIty Zoo Live Animal Cams - Live animal cams of the Kansas City Zoo
  • The Kennedy Center digital stage - Watch extraordinary performances from the Kennedy Center's stages and beyond. Featuring original works, new clips, and the best of a vast archive which you can also explore on your own.
  • Metropolitan Opera - Free opera streams 
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium - Many free web cams of ocean life
  • InterUrban Arthouse - Has created a new series: The ArtHouse @Your House. The series is FREE via live stream and designed to give a way to stay inspired and share a sense of community. They will be live streamed on their FB page. 
  • National WW1 Museum & Memorial - Explore the museum's collections and exhibits.
  • KC Royals - The Royals have free downloadable coloring pages.
  • KC Chiefs - The Kansas City Chiefs are helping fans "ReLIV" the club's entire championship season through a special twice-weekly re-release of team content, beginning with Week 1 at Jacksonville and running all the way through Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

Helping Others

These are resources to help others as you are so willing/able.

  • Expensify
  • After the Harvest
  • Lend Ten Lend Ten is a group of community members in the Greater Kansas City area. Our goal is to "lend ten" -- to provide helping hands to our neighbors in need, ensuring those who cannot help themselves or who cannot leave their homes have the resources and assistance they need to get through these unprecedented times. This means providing help with a variety of activities that can be accomplished while maintaining responsible social distancing.
  • Hy-Vee Hy-Vee has set a goal to raise $1Million to help our local food banks restock their shelves.
  • Cross-Lines Cross-Lines provides a crucial safety net for our neighbors in need in Kansas City and we care deeply about our community, our clients and the more than 1,800 volunteers who help us provide critical services throughout the year.