Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Resources

Last modified: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Though our physical locations are temporarily closed, we want you to know that the Library remains an online source of information about what’s happening in our community and where to turn during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus resources and information

Local Resources for those experiencing homelessness. 

Recursos locales para las personas sin hogar.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

 

To receive updates about what the city of Kansas City is doing in response to the coronavirus, text COVIDKC to 888777.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is operating a hotline for residents and health care providers to call for information and guidance about COVID-19. The statewide hotline number is 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Other resources for staying informed through the outbreak

Other Local Information:


If you need specific help during the pandemic, the following are available:


More about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself

(source: Harvard Medical School)
 

Resources for Unemployed Workers

Missouri
  • Visit the Missouri Department of Labor COVID-19 information page for ongoing employment impacts from COVID-19. The Department also has a brief Frequently Asked Questions section that attempts to clarify and address the most common issues.
  • Missouri has a basic instructional video to aid workers as they file for unemployment in the state of Missouri: Filing for Unemployment Basics tutorial video will outline the steps you will need to take during this process.
  • Visit the “UInteract” website to file for unemployment. If you are temporarily laid off from work due to COVID-19, you are not required to complete work search activities at this time.
Kansas
  • Visit the Kansas Department of Labor COVID-19 information page for ongoing employment impacts from COVID-19.
  • Kansas has basic instructional videos to aid workers as they file for unemployment in the state of Kansas.
United State Department of Labor
  • The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
Searching for Employment
If you are searching for employment during this time, consider remote jobs from FlexJobs, Indeed: Remote Jobs, or this list of local employers who are currently hiring during COVID-19.
For additional questions and assistance, virtual and phone appointments with the library’s Career Resources Specialist are currently available.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

2020 Census Update

While the Census Bureau is on schedule with plans to deliver the 2020 Census apportionment counts to the President (by December 31, 2020) and the redistricting counts to states (by April 1,2021), several other timelines have shifted in response to COVID-19: You can respond online, by mail, or on the phone until August 14; in-person responses through Mobile Questionnaire Assistance Centers will start in mid-April and non-response follow-up will start in mid-May. Please remember, if your child is home because of a COVID-19 closure of their college or university, the college student should be counted where they normally live and sleep. If you need additional help responding to the 2020 Census, the US Census Bureau has extended the self-response deadline from July 31 to August 14. You can respond online at my2020census.gov, or by mail, or by phone today.

Tax Help Update 

The IRS and Missouri DOR have extended the tax filing and tax payment deadline from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. If you need help filing your federal taxes, check out the IRS YouTube channels (available in multiple languages) https://go.usa.gov/xdetK, as well as Missouri's DOR website: https://dor.mo.gov/personal/

Voter Information Update 

The April 7 Municipal Elections have been postponed until June 2. Ballots already printed for the April 7 election may be used at the postponed date of June 2. Voters who have attained the age of 18 by April 7 will be allowed to cast a ballot. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is May 20. You can find the ballot here: www.kceb.org/elections/ballot/.


NewsGuard Coronavirus Misinformation Tracker

A resource implemented earlier this year by the  Library on its computers is temporarily available for you to use at home for free. NewsGuard can help sift through the news of today and sort fact from fiction – from reports about the upcoming election to updates about the novel coronavirus. The browser extension provides credibility ratings and “Nutrition Label” reviews of thousands of news and information websites, indicating which sources are generally trustworthy, and which have been found to spread misinformation.  NewsGuard has temporarily removed its paywall until July 1, meaning anyone can add the service at home to see the most up to date, accurate news possible related to COVID-19.  Visit their Coronavirus Misinformation Tracker to learn more about sites promoting inaccurate or misleading information about the outbreak.