The latest: Johnson County records 10th coronavirus death; Overland Park pushes Farmers’ Market opening date back

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What you need to know

  • The latest update to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s coronavirus tracker shows the county has recorded its 10th death from coronavirus. So far, six of the deaths in the county have been among people 80 or older. Three were among people between 70 and 79 years of age. One victim was between 40 and 49. The county’s first reported death from COVID-19 came on March 21.
  • Overland Park had been planning to open its Farmers’ Market season as scheduled this coming Saturday, albeit with a number of special safety measures. Then on Tuesday afternoon, the city said it was changing course and would be delaying its Farmers’ Market opening date to at least April 25.
  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has added Connecticut to its travel quarantine list. Anyone who visited Connecticut on or after April 6 should self-quarantine for 14 days. Additional locations subject to the travel quarantine order are: Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, California, Florida, New York and Washington state.
  • The Overland Park city council rejected a request from three of its members to overturn the city manager’s decision to suspend previously approved raises for frontline police and fire staff. Police and fire leaders had asked members of the governing body to move forward with the planned raises, which were scheduled to go into effect last week, as first responders are facing increased risk for exposure to the coronavirus.
  • Prairie Village has put planning on hold for a proposed civic center project that would bring a new community center and library branch to the city due to the pandemic. Additionally, it has canceled a Fourth of July fireworks display at Meadowbrook Park.
  • Lenexa has announced it will delay the opening of its Farmers Market. The market season had been set to debut April 25.
  • Merriam has canceled the 35th annual Turkey Creek Festival, which had been scheduled for May 16.