Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Feb. 8

Posted at 9:34 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 10:34:50-05

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 number of COVID-19 patients at the University of Kansas Health System continues to decline. As of Monday, the system was treating 27 patients with active infections and 52 in recovery phases. Of those, 10 patients are in the ICU and five on ventilators. There were three deaths over the weekend at the hospital.

Though there is a decline in hospitalization cases at the system, doctors fear Super Bowl parties could cause a surge in the future.

The doctors on the update spent time talking about sports and how keeping the spread of the virus down has worked with contact activities. They also answered questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and how it works with new virus variants.

Missouri reports 1st UK variant of COVID-19

The first case of the U.K. strain of the COVID-19 virus was reported in Missouri over the weekend. The case is in Marion County on the eastern side of the state.

COVID-19 outbreak cancels remaining ‘Disney on Ice’ shows at T-Mobile Center

Kansas City's first major event at the T-Mobile Center since the beginning of the pandemic was canceled Friday. The remaining shows of "Disney on Ice" were called off due to COVID-19 cases within the show's staff, leaving many families upset they lost their shot at some normalcy. Shows were supposed to continue through the weekend.

US surpasses 27 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. passed 27 million cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. India is the only other country with at least 10 million cases of the virus.

CDC to release guidance on school reopenings sometime next week

The Centers for Disease Control will release guidance for the reopening of schools next week, despite many schools already working through the process. Guidance is not expected to include required vaccinations for educators.

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