Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Dec. 14

Posted at 9:50 AM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 10:50:30-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 41 Action News is offering a daily recap of COVID-19 related stories from across Kansas City and the country. Check back every morning for the latest developments.

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University of Kansas Health System daily COVID-19 update

University of Kansas Health System officials shared the good news of a slight decrease in the number of COVID-19 patients they are treating. There are 82 patients with active COVID-19 infections. Of those, 37 are in the ICU and 24 are on ventilators. There is still a large number of patients in the COVID-19 recovery phase being treated as well.

As the vaccine for COVID-19 began being distributed Monday morning in the U.S., the doctors spend most of the update answering questions about distribution and side effects.

Missouri school district with no mask mandate sees hundreds of quarantines in 1st semester

School districts in Harrison County, Missouri, do not require masks to be worn. South Harrison has roughly 1,000 students in their district, and hundreds have been in quarantine - some multiple times. Despite that, the mask requirements are not expected to change.

Organization offering grant assistance to Kansas City actors, directors, theater technicians

Two Kansas City-area nonprofits are partnering to offer grants to theater professionals affected by the closure of the entertainment venues due to COVID-19.

Community Services League to help 25% more families with 2020 Christmas Store

The Community Services League in Independence is helping more families than usual through their free Christmas Store due to the effects of COVID-19 on the community.

KC hospitals prepare for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Kansas City-area hospitals and healthcare employees spent the weekend getting ready for the arrival of the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri and Kansas.

As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, there's no rush to roll up sleeves

Several Kansas City-area residents said despite the vaccine for COVID-19 becoming available, they are ok waiting to receive the injection. Most cited wanting to see how it goes for others and concerns about rapid development.

First Americans receive initial doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

East Coast states like New York and Kentucky as well as Washington D.C. began distributing the Pfizer iteration of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

US surpasses 16 million COVID-19 cases, expected to record 300,000th death on Monday

The U.S. recorded its 16 millionth COVID-19 case Monday morning. Johns Hopkins University data shows the country will likely record its 300,000th virus death on Monday as well.

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