Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Jan. 25

Posted at 10:26 AM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 11:26:18-05

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

There are 58 patients with active COVID-19 infections at the University of Kansas Health System. Of those, 16 are in the ICU and 12 on ventilators. Another 59 patients are in recovery.

Doctors said the seven-day rolling average of positive COVID-19 cases is going down in Kansas City, but that's not a reason to stop observing infection prevention measures. They strongly cautioned against Super Bowl watch parties for Chiefs fans.

Much of the focus of the daily update was on monoclonal antibody treatments and how they are being used to treat COVID-19 at KU Hospital. A patient who received the treatment shared his story.

Experts say vaccine campaign needs to speed up in Missouri

The Associated Press reports that Missouri is not vaccinating residents fast enough to achieve COVID-19 herd immunity by the summer months.

Topeka prison reports 89 virus cases to lead state hotspots

The Topeka Correctional Facility has become the largest COVID-19 hotspot in Kansas with 89 cases reported since Jan. 8.

FeedKC Forward pairs organizations feeding community, restaurants trying to survive

FeedKC Forward is partnering with struggling restaurants to distribute grants in return for a number of meals to be distributed to community food organizations, helping both the restaurants and Kansas Citians who may be going hungry.

US surpasses 25 million COVID-19 cases, but rate of spread is falling

Over the weekend, the U.S. surpassed 25 million cases of COVID-19, more than doubling the infection total of any other country.

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