Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Dec. 30

Posted at 10:14 AM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 11:14:10-05

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 briefing

Doctors with the University of Kansas Health System reported 56 patients with acute COVID-19 infections as of Wednesday. Of those, 27 are in the ICU and 20 on ventilators. Around 70 other patients are in the recovery phases from COVID-19.

Doctors were joined by Health Forward CEO Qiana Thomason to talk about promoting health in underserved communities and Dr. Dana Hawkinson shared his experience receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas proud of city's response to COVID-19 pandemic

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas said in an interview with 41 Action News that he's proud of how the city responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights include how citizens supported each other and the money the city was able to distribute to small businesses.

Mental health becomes focus of local church leaders

Urban ministry leaders formed "I Am My Brother's Keeper" to help each other through the pandemic, as pastors help their congregations with emotional and financial support but don't have someone to help them and their families with the mental strain of the work.

JFS Tech Connect program focuses on local seniors

Jewish Family Services created the Tech Connect program to educate senior adults on new technology to help them stay connected during the isolation of the pandemic.

KDHE secretary says new COVID-19 variant not a surprise

With the first reported case of a new, more infectious COVID-19 variant being detected in the U.S., Kansas Department of Health and Environment Sec. Lee Norman said it's important to note that contagiousness doesn't necessarily equate to the severity of illness.

Kansas City University sees unprecedented increase in medical school applications

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences applications are up 25 percent compared to this time in 2019, mirroring an 18 percent increase in medical school applications nationwide. The increase is credited to the work being done by medical experts in the COVID-19 pandemic inspiring the next generation of doctors.

Small business owners welcome news of second wave of stimulus funding

Kansas City area small business owners who have been hanging on thanks to government funding are excited about another round of stimulus to keep their doors open.

Thousands of KC metro health care workers have received COVID-19 vaccine

As of Tuesday, Kansas City area hospitals reported thousands of health care workers received the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine so far in the process.

Feds: Stimulus checks starting to make their way into bank accounts

The new $600 stimulus check provided by the government began being distributed Tuesday night, with the possibility some receiving the payment electronically could see it that same night.

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