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.
University of Kansas Health System daily update
Doctors at the University of Kansas Health System are treating 54 COVID-19 patients as of Thursday. Of those, 24 have active infections and eight are in the ICU.
The hospital has had 329 COVID-19 deaths to date.
Doctors were joined by Michelle DeMartino who recently lost both of her parents to COVID-19. She shared her emotional story and advice to others experiencing loss. She also issued a warning to those who do not take the pandemic seriously, saying the family did everything right and still experienced tremendous loss.
Psychologist Dr. Greg Nawalanic also joined and talked about overcoming grief and fear.
Regional emergency managers work together during pandemic
The Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee oversees the greater Kansas City area and is prepared to manage any disaster. They have been key in managing the COVID-19 pandemic in the area.
High-risk Kansans still waiting for COVID-19 vaccine appointments
Many Kansas families are experiencing frustration that their older or at-risk members who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in Kansas are having trouble finding appointments in the state, with officials saying there's just not enough to go around.
KCPS moves forward with in-person learning plan
Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools are planning to move forward with bringing students back to buildings for in-person learning, officials said in a meeting Wednesday. Students will return in phases starting in mid-March and finishing in early April.
Coming soon: Digital COVID-19 vaccine 'passport' keeps records readily available for travel, events
Companies like Cerner are working on a sort of digital COVID-19 vaccine "passport" where people could prove they've had their doses if required to for travel or to attend an event in the future.
Pharmacy students, dentists, other health care providers can administer COVID-19 vaccine in Kansas
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday that more medical workers, including dentists and pharmacy students, will now be able to administer COVID-19 vaccinations in order to keep up with the increased supply being allocated to the state.
Jobless numbers fall to 730,000, reaching lowest levels since November
U.S. unemployment numbers dropped to 730,000 claims last week, the lowest since November but still extremely high compared to other time periods in the country.