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Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Jan. 13

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Posted at 11:28 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 12:28:25-05

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.

LATEST: COVID-19 case tracker for Missouri, Kansas and Kansas City

University of Kansas Health System daily update

Doctors at the University of Kansas Health System reported COVID-19 patient numbers were down slightly from Tuesday, and have been “quite a bit lower in the last two to three months.”

Sixty patients are being treated for acute COVID-19 infections, 25 of whom are in the intensive care unit and 11 on ventilators.

Fifty patients are recovering from the virus at the hospital.

COVID-19 case numbers update

Across the Kansas City area, 10 more deaths caused by COVID-19 were reported as well as more than 750 new cases Tuesday, according to 41 Action News data analysis.

Missouri added more than 4,500 new cases and 166 deaths. Kansas racked up 314 new cases but no additional deaths.

Nationwide, the U.S. is closing in on 23,000,000 cases with more than 380,000 deaths.

Johnson County receives more vaccine doses for health care workers

After using the last of its doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Monday, Johnson County health officials say the county expects to have 6,000 more doses in hand by the end of the week.

The county still has more than 25,000 health care workers to vaccinate.

KCMO health director: It could be months before seniors get COVID-19 vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its recommendations for who should get the COVID-19 vaccine to include those 65 and older, and those ages 16 to 65 facing significant heath risks.

Still, Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer said it could be months before more seniors are able to get the vaccine.

Kansas lawmakers meet to review COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Kansas lawmakers are looking to get answers from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment about vaccine distribution in the state.

The review comes after a reported lag in data reporting briefly caused Kansas to have the lowest vaccination rate in the nation.

It takes weeks to build immunity after receiving COVID-19 vaccine, doctors say

Doctors are reminding people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine that it can take up to six weeks to build immunity after the shot.

Patients who get the vaccine should continue to take precautions including social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing.

Jackson County, Wyandotte County ease some COVID-19 restrictions

Some counties in the Kansas City areas are easing restrictions placed on bars and restaurants as part of COVID-19 precautions.

In Wyandotte County, bars, restaurants and taverns can operate at 50% capacity, serve customers until midnight and remain open until 12:30 a.m.

Similar rules now apply in Jackson County, too.

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