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.
University of Kansas Health System daily briefing
University of Kansas Health System officials said they have 72 active COVID-19 cases in the hospital system. Of those, 25 are in the ICU and 16 are on ventilators. There are 36 others in recovery phases from the virus, totaling 108 COVID-19 related patients overall - the most the health system has had so far.
The officials also talked to a cancer patient who contracted COVID-19 about her story.
COVID-19 delays Truman Library reopening
The Truman Library has been closed to all staff and all events for the remainder of 2020 have been canceled due to rising COVID-19 numbers in the area. The library was undergoing massive renovations and was supposed to reopen to the public this fall, but that has been postponed.
Group plans rally for remote learning at Shawnee Mission School District Tuesday
Ahead of a special 6 p.m. meeting between Shawnee Mission School District board members and representatives from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, a group of teachers and parents will rally outside the district’s Overland Park, Kansas, headquarters asking board members to move students to a 100 percent remote learning setting.
'I was knocking on death's door:' Local COVID-19 long-hauler shares their story
A 29-year-old woman who has been battling COVID-19 since August shared her story of the continued development of symptoms, including heart palpitations and hair loss. She contracted the virus while assisting St. Louis hospitals as a nurse.
Food banks under pressure from increased demand, rising prices and tightening supply
Though unemployment numbers are slowly decreasing, demand for assistance from food banks is not. Many families are turning to organizations like Harvesters to make it through the winter months, but the assistance network is being strained.
COVID-19 testing sites fill up as cases climb across the Kansas City metro
Since COVID-19 cases are on the rise across Kansas and Missouri, testing availability is filling up quickly across Kansas City. Officials are encouraging anyone in need of a test to register ahead of time online and to do it early.
Kansas City doctors weigh in on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial success
Pfizer announced Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine trial is seeing great success, and Kansas City area doctors weighed in on what that might mean for the future.
8 workers at Jackson County Election Board in quarantine
Eight employees at the Jackson County Election Board were out Monday because of COVID-19. Anyone who was in the office on Election Day has been notified.
Olathe Public Schools to continue with current learning modes
Olathe students will continue in their current learning modes despite a spike in COVID-19 cases in the area.
In a message to parents on Monday, the district said that in-person learning will continue for elementary students, while older students will continue with hybrid learning.
Kansas surges past 100,000 COVID-19 cases since beginning of coronavirus pandemic
Preliminary data released Monday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment show the state blasting past the 100,000-mark of COVID-19 cases.
According to KDHE’s report, the state added 5,101 new COVID-19 cases to its total since Friday’s update. With Monday’s new cases, the state has had 104,392 people test positive since the beginning of the pandemic.
US surpasses 10 million cases of COVID-19; 1 million have contracted virus in last 10 days
On Monday, the U.S. passed the 10 million mark for COVID-19 cases. Experts said 1 million of those cases were reported in the last 10 days, pointing to an exponential rise in the virus.
Fauci says some likely to receive COVID-19 vaccine by end of 2020
During an interview with CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci said some Americans may be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination by the end of November, and more likely some will get it by the end of the year.
FDA grants emergency use authorization to Eli Lilly's experimental COVID-19 antibody drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization to Eli Lilly and Company's experimental COVID-19 antibody treatment as of Monday.