Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Feb. 4

Posted at 10:15 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 11:15:19-05

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 currently has 91 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 34 have acute infections and 57 are in recovery. There are still 11 patients in the ICU and four on ventilators, but the numbers are trending down.

Mitch Holthus, the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs, joined doctors to discuss safety protocols for the team and to encourage fans not to celebrate the Super Bowl in a way that will spread COVID-19.

University of Kansas Chancellor Dr. Doug Girod discussed students returning to campus this week and the hope to get vaccines on campus. VP of System Integration and Innovation Chris Wilson also talked about students returning to school and the hope that Super Bowl celebrations will not spark a COVID-19 outbreak in Lawrence.

Digital divide disconnects KC's aging population from COVID-19 vaccine

Many aging adults in the Kansas City area do not have internet access or do not have someone who can help them use the internet, making it difficult to sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a technological world.

Super Bowl LV ‘not the weekend’ for gatherings, KDHE secretary says

Health officials are warning Chiefs fans not to gather in groups for the Super Bowl game this weekend, worrying about a resurgence in COVID-19 cases after the big game.

Kansas reports 1st UK variant case of COVID-19

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported the first case of the U.K. variant of the COVID-19 virus in Kansas. The case was reported in Ellis County.

Planning underway for more mass vaccine clinics in rural parts of Missouri

Health officials are working to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine by creating more mass vaccine clinics in rural areas of Missouri.

Arrowhead Stadium, OP Convention Center considered for mass vaccination sites

Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri and the Overland Park Convention Center in Kansas are being considered to host mass vaccination clinics. Officials hope to secure larger spaces to make sure vulnerable adults are not waiting outside in the cold for long periods to receive their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Broadway musicals return to Kansas City theaters

Broadway Across America and The American Theatre Guild are bringing Broadway musicals back to the Kansas City Music Hall and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. A full season of shows was announced Thursday, including "Mean Girls," "Wicked" and "Hamilton." Tickets are on sale online now.

Unemployment claims remain historically high but dip to lowest total in 2 months

For the first time in nearly two months, U.S. unemployment claims dipped to 779,000 last week. It is still a historically high unemployment number.

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