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Truman Museum opens amid concerns about omicron

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. The new omicron variant of COVID-19 could be headed to Kansas City pretty quickly.

Meanwhile, cities continued to abolish local mask mandates and federal buildings reopened, including the Harry S. Truman Museum in Independence, Missouri.

While the museum and interactive exhibits are now open, the Truman Library remains closed. FOX4 has been informed that the library lab will not reopen to the public until the COVID-19 numbers drop.

Once again there is life inside the museum.

“This is unlike anything you’ve ever seen in a presidential library system,” said Director Dr. Kurt Graham.

You must wear a mask to enter and tickets are only available online.

“There will be social distancing, just too many people arriving every hour to be able to have distance between visitors,” Graham said.

It’s to keep everyone safe as doctors monitor the new COVID variant and when it will arrive in the Kansas City area.

California, Minnesota and New York all have reported cases.

Matt Shoemaker, Director of Infectious Disease Operations at the University of Kansas Health System, said he expects to see the first case locally within the next week.

“We expect that any day,” he said. “We remain confident that the vaccine will provide protection. It may have reduced protection for some other variants. But it is the best protection you can get. ”

Also, put on a mask and wash your hands.

Travelers like Sam and Howard Goller say it’s an easy task to be able to walk a mile in the shoes of Truman, a president with family ties. For 20 years, their grandfather worked as Truman’s tailor.

“Harry Truman is buried in a suit our grandfather made. So to have that connection really makes it personal and it’s good to see the renovations and what’s going on here,” said Sam Goller.

This is their first day open since the summer when they had to temporarily close due to COVID, and before that, they spent years working on a $30 million renovation to honor the 33rd president. .

“We’re thrilled to be at this point where we can have everyone with us,” Graham said.

Alongside the new entrance, Graham says the theaters and interactive exhibits will delight patrons.

Shoemaker says we can learn from delta variation on how to deal with omicron variation.

“The people who are currently being effected by the delta booster, who are hospitalized after mechanical ventilation and die, 99 percent of those people are not vaccinated,” says Shoemaker. “So if one of the delta areas is eliminated, we will continue to advance our efforts to ensure the entire population is vaccinated.”

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JACLYN DIAZ

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