Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Jan. 21

Posted at 10:44 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 11:44:46-05

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

Officials from the University of Kansas Health System were joined by Catherine Satterwhite, the regional health administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Most of the call focused on the vaccine distribution in Kansas and what the future of the rollout will look like. They talked about the availability of the vaccine as Kansas moves to the second phase of vaccinations.

Officials also shared fears about people gathering for the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game and what that could mean for local COVID-19 cases.

Children’s Mercy Hospital launches registry for COVID-19 vaccine trial for children

Children's Mercy has opened an interest form for families interested in getting their children into a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trial. Children six months to 17 years old are eligible.

Center School District to begin transition to in-person learning

The Center School District announced that students will begin to transition back to in-person learning. Parents will be able to fill out a survey if they want to continue in an all-virtual mode. Elementary students who wish to return in-person will begin a transition to a hybrid/fixed blended learning mode on Feb. 17. Select high school students will be invited to transition back to the classroom on Feb. 22. Parents will receive emails with more information, and the announcement can be read online.

Cerner hiring for hundreds of KC positions

Cerner is hiring for around 700 positions in the Kansas City area that fill a wide range of emphasis areas. Many of the positions are remote.

How Biden's COVID-19 plan could impact the KC metro

President Joe Biden took office on Wednesday and announced a COVID-19 plan on his first day in office. That plan would bring roughly 140 new health care workers to the Kansas City area for vaccine distribution and contact tracing. It would also eventually bring more doses of the vaccine to the area.

Kansas to move to next phase of vaccine distribution, governor says

Kansas is moving to the second phase of vaccine distribution, with a focus on adults 65 and older, people in congregate settings and high-contact critical workers. The state also released a new dashboard to track vaccination progress.

Kansas City to receive 'targeted vaccination team,' Parson says

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday that Kansas City will receive a targeted vaccination team to work with area clergy to reach vulnerable populations. Members of the National Guard will assist and will also be sent to help with data backlogs.

KSHSAA Board of Directors approves more spectators for winter activities

The Kansas State High School Activities Association will now allow four spectators per high school sport participant with social distancing in place.

Jan. 21 marks 1 year since COVID-19 was confirmed in America

As of Thursday, it has been exactly one year since COVID-19 was confirmed in the U.S. The first American who tested positive was a Seattle man who had traveled to Wuhan.

Jobless claims dipped to 900,000 last week

U.S. unemployment applications dipped to 900,000 last week, but it is still a historically high number.

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