Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Feb. 19

Posted at 9:49 AM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 10:49:45-05

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

The University of Kansas Health System is treating 38 patients with acute COVID-19 infections. Of those, 10 are in the ICU and four are on ventilators. Another 34 patients are in recovery phases of the virus.

The numbers are starting to go back up slightly, and doctors are keeping an eye on the increase in patients.

Doctors spent most of Friday's briefing answering audience questions and discussing COVID-19 vaccine intricacies.

Paola Proud: Dr. Barney Graham's contribution to fighting COVID-19

Dr. Barney Graham is from Paola, Kansas, and works for the National Institutes of Health. He is one of the key designers of the COVID-19 vaccine being distributed.

KCPS lays out plan to reopen schools for in-person learning

Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools plans to have some students return to classrooms in mid-March and others in early April. The district is installing sneeze guards between desks and sanitation stations in buildings. Students will still have the option to attend the virtual academy.

KC-area health experts answer COVID-19 questions from Latinos in bilingual roundtable

Community health experts held a bilingual roundtable to answer questions about COVID-19 and the vaccine for Latino residents of Kansas City. Research shows many Latino people do not get enough information to know where to get a vaccine.

In Depth: What the mayor's vaccine task force is working on

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas' new COVID-19 task force has gotten underway. It's working to streamline the vaccination process and identify communities the most in need of assistance.

SMSD hopes more vaccine doses for teachers will bring students back to the classroom

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced some doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be set aside for teachers, and the Shawnee Mission School District is hoping that getting more of its staff vaccinated will bring students back to the classroom for in-person learning. Missouri officials said they do not plan to move educators up in line for the vaccines.

Weather-related shipment delays now postponing COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Weather conditions delayed some COVID-19 vaccination clinics earlier in the week, and now weather-related shipment delays are postponing some clinics for a second time until they can guarantee a shipment.

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