Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Feb. 22

Posted at 10:10 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 11:10:21-05

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 36 patients with active COVID-19 infections. Of those, 11 are in the ICU and six are on ventilators. Another 36 patients are being treated in the recovery phase with one of those on a ventilator as well.

The U.S. hit 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, and the doctors discussed the grim milestone.

They also talked about new breast cancer treatment that is available and will allow fewer trips to the hospital. Doctors said cancer screenings are down 50% because of COVID-19 fears and worry that could have deadly consequences.

Comeback KC to help roll out COVID-19 vaccine around Kansas City

Comeback KC has designed a website to help streamline and simplify the search for COVID-19 vaccine sign-ups in the Kansas City regions. A van that will be able to take the vaccine to underserved communities is also being developed.

Clay County loosens COVID-19 restrictions

Amid the decline in COVID-19 cases, Clay County followed the lead of other jurisdictions and loosened some of its public health guidelines. Bars and restaurants can return to operating on normal hours and capacity, as long as social distancing and mask-wearing are still enforced.

KCMO Health Director believes it will be months until general public could be vaccinated

Health officials believe it could be May or June before the general public in Missouri gets access to the COVID-19 vaccine. The general public is anyone who doesn't fall into categories considered high-risk due to essential work or preexisting health conditions.

Vaccine shipping delays raise concerns for those needing 2nd dose

Winter weather caused delays in shipping of the COVID-19 vaccine, which has caused concern for people who were scheduled to receive their second dose in a specific timeframe after the first.

Wastewater testing finds UK variant 'widespread' in Missouri

COVID-19 cases are declining in Missouri, but wastewater testing shows that the new U.K. variant of the virus is widespread across the state despite the decline.

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