Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Feb. 11

Posted at 10:31 AM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 11:31:37-05

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 update

University of Kansas Health System officials were joined by Dr. Mario Castro, the vice-chair for clinical and translational research, to talk about updates on the AstraZeneca vaccine trial and some new trials involving monoclonal antibodies.

Those new antibody trials include options for a pill, injection and inhaler to treat COVID-19 patients. Emergency use is still a ways off, but anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 can enroll in the trials.

The system is currently treating around 80 COVID-19 patients with 27 of those having active infections, eight in the ICU and six on ventilators.

Career fair for veterans, their families goes virtual

The Fourth Annual Kansas City Veteran's Career Fair will be virtual this year due to the pandemic and is open to veterans and their family members seeking employment. It is taking place Thursday.

KCPS Superintendent: District hopes to bring students back to classrooms in March

Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell gave an update Wednesday that the district is still hoping to bring students back to classrooms in March. Some challenges have been vaccine availability and the ability to correctly social distance.

Lucas explains proposed budget during State of City address

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas gave his State of the City address Wednesday night and laid out the proposal for the next city budget. The budget would cut money from some community organization in order to make up for pandemic losses without laying off employees.

Missouri health leaders provide update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Missouri state health officials said they have come a long way in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. They will be receiving increased shipments of doses from current providers and expect a significant number of doses from Johnson and Johnson once that vaccine receives emergency use authorization. According to the state, nearly 170,000 Missourians are fully vaccinated as of Wednesday.

Kansas City VA breaks down how leftover vaccines are distributed

The Kansas City VA hospital is distributing doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans but has occasionally had extra doses available because of cancellations or the ability to get more doses out of a vial. At that point, they open the doses up to walk-in appointments for veterans in order to keep doses from going to waste.

In Depth: Kansas, Missouri officials explain vaccine rollout data

The 41 Action News I-Team took a look at how many vaccine doses are actually making it into arms of Missourians and Kansans. The investigation looks at the timeline administrators have to get the vaccine distributed and how the data keeps track of doses given.

KDHE analyzing Ellis County COVID-19 sample for variant markers

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is analyzing a COVID-19 test sample from Ellis County to confirm whether or not it is the U.K. variant of the virus.

Morning Star Baptist Church in KCMO to host targeted COVID-19 vaccination events

Morning Star Baptist Church in southeast Kansas City, Missouri, will be a targeted vaccination site where the state hopes clergy will help vaccinators reach the most vulnerable populations.

CDC study: 2 masks and tighter fit could reduce COVID-19 exposure by up to 96%

A New Centers for Disease Control study suggests that wearing two masks can better protect wearers from COVID-19 by creating a tighter fit. For example, wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask with a nose pinch to seal gaps on the side of the mask or around the nose.

CDC: People who have been fully vaccinated can skip COVID-19 quarantines if experiencing no symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control issued guidance saying anyone who has had their full dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within three months of coming into contact with the virus and is experiencing no symptoms does not have to complete a 14-day quarantine.

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