Jackson, Johnson and Wyandotte counties land in CDC’s ‘high’ COVID levels category

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Thursday’s update of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 Community Levels Map shows three of the major counties in the Kansas City area in the highest level category.

The map, reflecting data through July 14shows Johnson and Wyandotte counties on the Kansas side moving to community level orange or high for COVID-19.

Jackson County, Missouri, returned to high level in this week’s update. The county has been in the high level in three of the last four weeks.

In last week’s updateLeavenworth County, Kansas, was the only county on the Kansas side of the Kansas City area to be in the CDC’s top category.

It remained there this week, joining several other northeastern Kansas counties, including Douglas County and Shawnee County, home to Lawrence and the state capital, Topeka, respectively, now in the top tier.

Back on the Missouri side, Platte, Clay, and Cass counties all remained at the CDC’s average COVID-19 community level.

The CDC’s COVID-19 community level uses new hospitals and inpatient bed metrics as well as new cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days.

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