Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Nov. 23

Posted at 10:00 AM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 11:00:50-05

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 briefing

The University of Kansas Health System has 100 patients hospitalized with active COVID-19 infection. Of those, 46 are in the ICU and 26 are on ventilators. Another 39 patients are in the hospital in the recovery phase of COVID-19.

Dr. Steven Stites, KU Health System Chief Medical Officer, summed up the weekend by saying it was "not a good weekend in Kansas City."

Health system officials were joined by Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor David Alvey to talk about cases in the area.

'Right back where we started:' Paper towels, toilet paper, wipes flying off shelves again

Stores are once again seeing empty shelves where things like toilet paper, paper towels and disinfecting wipes should be. Many stores are placing limits on how many items can be bought, and some stores have built up supply expecting the scenario.

COVID and cold weather present challenges for After the Harvest

Nonprofit After the Harvest is being hit with a double whammy this winter season. The nonprofit gleans leftover produce from local farmers and distributes it to those in need. Now, they are being hit with the normal lack of winter produce along with COVID-19 limiting volunteers and financial ability to import produce from other areas.

Hy-Vee brings back reserved hours for high-risk shoppers

Hy-Vee brought back its reserved shopping hour for high-risk shoppers. The reserved hours is 7-8 a.m. Monday through Friday.

2 Kansas City firefighters die of COVID-19 complications over the weekend

Two Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department personnel died due to complications of COVID-19 over the weekend. Capt. Bobby Rocha died on Saturday, and Communications Specialist Scott Davidson died on Sunday.

In total, three KCFD employees have died due to COVID-19. EMT Billy Birmingham died in April from the virus.

City officials say the first responders gave their lives in service to the city.

KC-area native participates in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial

One Kansas City native shared his experience in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial with 41 Action News. He said he hopes his participation will allow for others to receive a successful vaccine.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial follows safety protocols, principal investigator says

One of the investigators for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial explained the process of testing the vaccine and addressed safety concerns in an interview with 41 Action News.

Lee's Summit gym owner 'shredds' idea of mask mandate

The owner of Shredd KC, a gym in Lee's Summit, said he will not require guests to wear masks, despite the mandate requiring masks to be warn.

The US has recorded 3 million new cases of COVID-19 this November

The U.S. recorded more than 3 million new COVID-19 cases in just the first 23 days of November, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

AstraZeneca the latest drug maker to report promising numbers from COVID-19 vaccine trial

Another drugmaker announced promising news related to a COVID-19 vaccine Monday. AstraZeneca's vaccine is said to be 90 percent effective with no safety concerns so far.

FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received

The FDA allowed emergency use authorization for the Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. antibody drug to be used on people with mild COVID-19 symptoms. The drug was used to treat President Donald Trump and is the second antibody treatment approved for emergency use.

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