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With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising people to wear face coverings in public settings, it may take extra planning to stay cool during the hotter months.

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JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced the Missouri Census Record and Tax List Database is now available online. It offers access to an assortment of Missouri’s territorial, state, federal and special census records from 1752 to 1933, along with tax lists genealogical researchers can use in lieu of census records, according to a press release.

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As students return to the classroom for July summer school and a July modified-calendar school, NKC Schools district will shift to Phase 3 of the district meal plan starting July 6, according to a district release. 

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CLAY COUNTY — In light of Clay County Public Health Center's adjustment to its recovery plan that, as of Sunday, July 5, allows some businesses, facilities and organizations to open to full building capacity if those facilities requires masks of those in the building, Clay County is adjusting its opening of buildings.

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This holiday weekend, families will likely be enjoying time outside, barbecuing, watching fireworks and sharing a cold drink with friends and loved ones. During the festivities, it’s important to keep a close eye on the family pets too, according to a press release.

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The Blue and Gray Brass Brigade will bring patriotic music to Friday in the Park at North Kansas City's Festival Pavilion in Macken Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 3, 1002 Clark Ferguson Drive. Physical distancing guidelines will be in place.

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CLAY COUNTY — While spring elections were moved this year due to the coronavirus pandemic to early June, the coming primary slated for Aug. 4 remains set.

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CLAY COUNTY — The public health center is continuing to relax restrictions on certain types of gatherings in Clay County. Starting Sunday, July 5, Clay County Public Health Center mandated the county will remain in Phase 2 of Step 2 of the COVID-19 pandemic recovery plan, but with amendments allowing many businesses and organizations to return to full building occupancy provided they require face coverings.

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As the Northland continues to adapt to a new normal and is taking cautious steps to reopen, so too is the Gladstone Dispatch.

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CLAY COUNTY — An outbreak of COVID-19 at an area nursing home facility is continuing to cause deaths among the high-risk population of older adults.

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The American Red Cross of Missouri and Arkansas seeks new volunteers throughout the two-state area. Those interested may learn more by registering for a free Experience the Mission virtual class, states a press release.

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The City of Gladstone will open the Outdoor Municipal Pool Monday, June 29, to Gladstone residents and Gladstone Community Center members only, states a city press release.

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CLAY COUNTY — Heroes during this COVID-19 pandemic may be the teacher who spent the last two months of the school year teaching via the internet or the paramedic-firefighter who responded to calls of the sick.

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For a limited time, the American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to coronavirus. At the same time, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume …

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Due to the historically large crowds attending past City of Gladstone Independence Day celebrations at Oak Grove Park and after receiving input from local health professionals, the decision has been made to cancel this year’s celebration, according to Justin Merkey, Parks, Recreation & C…

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CLAY COUNTY — In light of Gov. Mike Parson’s announcement last week that the state would fully reopen Tuesday, June 16, Clay County Public Health Center announced Monday, July 15, it was amending Phase 2's Step 2 of the county’s recovery plan to ease restrictions on businesses and mass gatherings effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, 16.

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Pending expiration of Phase 1 on Monday, June 15, Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday, June 11, that Missouri is expected to fully reopen and enter Phase 2 of its Show Me Strong Recovery Plan Tuesday, June 16.

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CLAY COUNTY — According to the Missouri COVID-19 dashboard, online as part of the Show Me Recovery Plan at health.mo.gov, as of 2 p.m. Monday, Clay County is now ninth on a list of counties in the state for most overall confirmed cases. According to the state site, Clay County had a more than 32% uptick in cases in the span of a week. Local public health officials said the increase is due to an outbreak of more than 40 cases at Pleasant Valley Manor Care Center in Pleasant Valley.