Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Nov. 30

Posted at 9:59 AM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 10:59:26-05

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 currently has 102 patients with active COVID-19 infections. Of those, 46 are in the ICU and 30 are on ventilators. Another 50 patients are still in the hospital in the recovery phase of the virus, bringing the total to 152 COVID-19 patients.

The doctors are worried that the number will increase 10-14 days after the Thanksgiving holidays because of family gatherings.

Officials were joined by hospital experts in testing and pharmacy to discuss the virus.

Funeral for KCFD captain who died from COVID-19 set for Monday

Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department Capt. Robert "Bobby" Rocha will be laid to rest Monday. Funeral services begin at 10:30 a.m. Rocha was the second of three KCFD employees to die from COVID-19 contracted in the line of duty. Many people gathered over the weekend for a drive through visitation for the fallen captain.

KCFD communication specialist laid to rest Saturday

KCFD Communication Specialist Scott Davidson was laid to rest Saturday after dying from COVID-19. Davidson was the third person at KCFD to die from the virus, and died just one day after Capt. Bobby Rocha.

KCI passengers say they'll take precautions after Thanksgiving travel

Despite warnings from officials not to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people took to the skies at the Kansas City International Airport to see family for Thanksgiving. Several said they were tested before traveling and plan to take extra precautions now that they are back home.

Plaza carriage rides adapt amid COVID-19 pandemic to bring holiday cheer

Riding a horse-drawn carriage on the Country Club Plaza to see the holiday lights is a tradition for many, but it's changing a little this year. Families will now make reservations to ride a carriage, and strangers cannot ride in the same carriage. The company will also not provide blankets but will provide plenty of hand sanitizer.

Mid-Continent Public Library closes 3 more branches due to COVID-19

Three more Mid-Continent Public Library branches were closed over the weekend due to COVID-19 exposure. The Grain Valley, Oak Grove and Blue Springs North branches will be closed until further notice.

COVID-19 temporarily shuts down the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was closed Sunday after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. It will be closed for 10 days for cleaning.

Moderna to file for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine

Moderna announced Monday it is filing for emergency use authorization through the FDA for its COVID-19 vaccine. Initial tests are said to show the vaccine is 94 percent effective at preventing the virus.

More than 4 million Americans contracted COVID-19 during the month of November

Data from the month of November shows more than 4 million Americans contracted COVID-19 in just one month. That number represents 30 percent of the cases in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic in March.

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