Health Officials: Don’t Let Super Bowl Become Superspreader
UNDATED (AP) – The nation’s top health officials are sounding the alarm about the Super Bowl being a potential superspreader event. They urge people to gather with friends over Zoom, not in crowds or at bars and parties. The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play today (SUN) in a partially filled stadium. The game is happening as the nation sees a dramatic drop in new virus cases — a sign that the infection spike from holiday gatherings is easing. Health officials fear the game could seed new cases at exactly the wrong time. Tampa has acquired 150,000 donated masks that officials will offer to anyone who needs one. Meanwhile, the NFL and the players’ union sent a memo to the Chiefs and Buccaneers detailing what celebrations attended by players and staff should look like.
KC Chiefs Assistant Coach to Miss Superbowl after Crash
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will take the field today (SUN) without assistant coach Britt Reid. Reid, the son of head coach Andy Reid, is under investigation for his involvement in a multi-vehicle crash late Thursday that injured two young children on an entrance ramp onto Interstate 435 near Arrowhead Stadium. The team confirmed in a statement yesterday (FRI) that Britt Reid was involved in the accident but declined additional comment. Local television station KSHB reported that Reid told an officer on the scene that he had “two or three drinks,” according to a search warrant filed just before midnight. Reid then complained of stomach pain and also was taken to an area hospital. ESPN is reporting that Reid is not expected to travel to Tampa for tomorrow’s (SUN) Super Bowl game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Governor Kelly Orders Flag at Half-Staff to Honor COVID-19 Victims
TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) – Governor Laura Kelly ordered flags to be flown at half-staff across Kansas yesterday (SAT) to honor Kansans who have died from COVID-19. The order comes as the state surpassed 4,000 coronavirus deaths. It’s the fourth time Kelly has order flags at half-staff to honor Kansans who died of COVID-19: the first in October when Kansas hit the grim milestone of 1,000 deaths; in December, at 2,000 deaths; and in January, at 3,000 COVID-19 deaths.
Wichita Police: Teen Dragged by Stolen Vehicle Dies
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a 13-year-old girl has died after being dragged for miles by her family’s SUV that had been stolen. Wichita police say in a news release that the girl was sitting in the back seat of the running vehicle Saturday while her family went inside a restaurant to get food. Police say 34-year-old Kevin Palmer got into the driver’s seat and took off. The girl tried to get out of the vehicle while it was moving but was caught in the seat belt and dragged. Palmer stopped the vehicle several miles away. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene. Palmer is charged with felony murder.