Children's Mercy reports 293 staff members quarantined due to COVID-19

Cases in children also spiked in December
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Posted at 2:47 PM, Jan 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-03 15:47:37-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Children's Mercy reported Monday a spike in COVID-19 cases in younger children and staff members, who were quarantined due to COVID-19.

According to the hospital's COVID-19 dashboard, 293 staff members were quarantined due to COVID-19 as of 5 a.m. Monday.

In addition, Children's Mercy was also treating 25 children for the virus.

Positive cases in children ages two and under also spiked from Dec. 6 to Dec. 27 at the hospital.

During the week of Dec. 6, Children's Mercy reported 57 positive cases in children ages two and under.

In the weeks that followed positive cases continued to climb, and the hospital reported 231 cases during the week of Dec. 27 for that age group.

Children's Mercy wasn't the only hospital system in the Kansas City area to report a high number of staff sidelined due to the virus.

On Monday, University of Kansas Health System Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Stites reported more than 500 employees were out due to COVID-19. That number is up 200 from last week when the health system said it had 300 employees out.