Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Feb. 1

Posted at 10:16 AM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 11:16:11-05

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.

LATEST: COVID-19 case tracker for Missouri, Kansas and Kansas City

University of Kansas Health System daily update

The University of Kansas Health System is treating 103 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 43 have active infections with 10 in the ICU and five on ventilators. Another 60 are in recovery phases and eight of those are on ventilators. The 103 total is a decline from previous weeks.

The presidents and CEOs of the Kansas Hospital Association and the Missouri Hospital Association joined Health System officials to talk about vaccination plans, President Joe Biden's COVID-19 plan and how it affects the two states as well as how the pandemic affects Medicaid expansion.

Doctors also warned against mixing two different COVID-19 vaccines for the two different doses required.

VNA nurse shares personal story of why she's getting COVID-19 vaccine

A local nurse with the Visiting Nurse Association shared the personal reason why she was ready to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and is happy to be administering it to others.

Pharmacy donates air sanitation equipment to long-term care facility

A Kansas pharmacy donated equipment that uses movie theater technology to sanitize the air to a long-term care facility in order to help residents be able to receive visitors.

Minority-owned small businesses hit harder during pandemic

A study shows that minority-owned small businesses are suffering greater losses during the pandemic than their counterparts.

Children could receive COVID-19 vaccine starting this spring

A pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trial is being conducted at Children's Mercy, and Dr. Anthony Fauci said he believes children could begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as early as spring.

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