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Apr 01

Mission Hills COVID-19 Update #11 4/1/20

Posted on April 1, 2020 at 8:32 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

Happy April to everyone. We have had several beautiful days in our City and on occasion that helps to distract from the great challenge facing us all.

C.S. Lewis wrote:

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

That is my theme of the evening.

Three updates for everyone:

  • The President Sunday extended social distancing guidelines through April 30th. Frankly, I would be surprised if Governor Kelly did not extend the State’s Stay-at-Home Order until April 30th as well.
  • I say this with reluctance, but importance. We have COVID-19 cases in our City. This should surprise no one; the two cases I know of are not “laboratory confirmed.” That said, both of the cases were so clear that the medical professionals felt testing would be a waste and assigned those residents to home quarantine. 
    • I have talked/messaged with both, and thankfully they are on the way to recovery, but they would uniformly tell you that “mild” is still massively unpleasant. I note this to make a final point.
  • Social distancing and the Stay-at-Home Orders are CRITICAL. We have a very real chance in Kansas and the Kansas City Metro to not just “bend the curve” but to have a very different curve than the coasts.
    • We took action relatively earlier than the coasts. We don’t have the population density and verticality of the coasts. We may benefit from the natural pattern of viruses struggling through the summer. We also will not escape the very real pain of the next two to three weeks – but we can ameliorate it.
    • That said, you can, and must, take action to make a difference – for your personal health, your family’s and the community’s.
    • If you are out on a beautiful day, whether walking, golfing or just exchanging pleasantries with neighbors, be mindful of the social distancing rules. Stay six feet away PLEASE. A person carrying COVID-19 is 2x more likely to infect someone than they would with flu, and most of the time you have no idea you are carrying the virus.

Finally, I hope everyone has received the postal letter I wrote Friday. Please encourage your neighbors and friends to sign up for E-News alerts at: http://www.missionhillsks.gov/list.aspx.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call City Hall at 913-362-9620 or info@missionhillsks.gov, or email me directly at mayor@missionhillsks.gov.

Be safe and healthy. We can change the ending. Thank you.

Mar 29

Mission Hills COVID-19 Update #10 3/29/20

Posted on March 29, 2020 at 9:28 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:


I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful Spring weekend in Mission Hills. Walking several times this weekend with bulbs blooming, strollers along almost every street and children on bicycles everywhere was cathartic!


Three updates as the weekend ends and we near April 1st. Tonight’s updates further emphasize why we need as many residents as possible signed up for E-News alerts at the City’s website – www.missionhillsks.gov!

  • Governor Kelly signed a state-wide Stay-at-Home Order Saturday, March 28th. It lasts three weeks until April 19thand supersedes all local orders (although it is materially identical to all local orders issued thus far):
  • The Johnson County Commission will be holding a special meeting on Monday, March 30th at 3pm to discuss testing protocols and the impact of the Governor’s state-wide order. Details can be found here:
  • I penned a City-wide postal letter Friday. It should arrive in your mailbox Monday or Tuesday, March 30th or 31st. But as I noted above, it will already be out-of-date on several topics. I would appreciate your help.
    • Please think of three residents you know who might not be signed up for E-News updates and forward them this email. Encourage them to sign up at the link below for E-News updates – events are moving too fast for our other forms of communication! Thank you.

      http://www.missionhillsks.gov/list.aspx

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call City Hall at 913-362-9620 or info@missionhillsks.gov, or me directly at mayor@missionhillsks.gov.

Thank you. Be safe and healthy.

Mar 26

Mission Hills COVID-19 Update #9 3/26/20

Posted on March 26, 2020 at 9:15 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

I hope tonight’s update finds everyone well heading into a Friday and the weekend. Little did we know 6 weeks ago when I penned my newsletter article that we would be here. For those of you who read that article, I mentioned the anticipation I have at this time of year in our City as bulbs begin to peek out from the soil and buds emerge from trees. Wonderfully, this week has been full of green emerging around the City!

Three updates to note:

  • With so many of us working from home, in addition to children and many young adults home from school and college, we have as many walkers and runners in our City as I can remember. Please, please, please help us all be safe by:
    • Walking and running on the LEFT side of the street facing traffic.
    • Wearing reflective clothing or carrying a light if you are out before sunrise or after sunset.
    • Using the sidewalks where we have them.
    • Practicing social distancing if you are walking with people not in your household.
    • And for drivers, give all walkers, runners and bikers a wide berth.
  • In my last two posts I mentioned the Governor’s executive order regarding gatherings greater than 10 people, and the County’s guidelines about outdoor recreation. Please abide by these guidelines. They really are for the health and safety of our community, you and your family. The people of State of California had so much disregard for their guidelines about gatherings and outdoor recreation that the State shut down most public parks and hiking trails. Let’s not use that as our example!
  • This week the County clarified the criteria that must be followed for a golf course to remain open. We have three in our City, and many residents are members of these, or several others nearby. More than 25% of the City’s land is golf courses, compared to about 3% for parks and parklets.

I am pleased the County made this clarification and would ask that members of any club, whether in the City or not, abide by the guidance so the County does not have to reconsider their decision. The full guidance is below:

https://www.jocogov.org/sites/default/files/documents/CMO/COVID-19 Golf Requirements.pdf

Finally, I also want to again thank the staff and our public safety teams. They continue to work diligently to ensure Mission Hills has the services we need – thank you to all.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call City Hall at 913-362-9620, or email me directly at mayor@missionhillsks.gov.

Have a wonderful, safe weekend.