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 update
Officials at the University of Kansas Health System said they had their highest COVID-19 patient total on Thursday. The system has 51 active virus cases with 18 patients in the ICU and 10 on the ventilator. There are another 28 in recovery.
They were joined by Kansas officials working to increase infection prevention measures in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities.
Kansas City area sees upward trend in new COVID-19 infections
41 Action News analyzed data that shows Missouri passed 200,000 total COVID-19 infections Wednesday. The state has set records for the highest number of new infections in one day four times in the past week. Health department leaders are increasingly concerned with the troubling numbers.
Missouri passes 200,000 COVID-19 cases since beginning of pandemic
Missouri passed a bleak milestone Wednesday in passing the 200,000-mark of COVID-19 cases. The state added 44 new COVID-19 related deaths to its total, which now stands at 3,242.
Kansas adds South Dakota to travel quarantine list
The state of Kansas on Wednesday added South Dakota to its travel quarantine list based on the rate of new cases there.
US sets record for coronavirus cases amid election battle over virus
The United States set another grim COVID-19 record Wednesday. According to the New York Times, 1,130 coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Tuesday. The average number of deaths, while increasing, is not increasing at the same rate as cases.
Number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits remains historically high at 751,000
Another 751,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment last week, a still historically high level as jobs continue to be cut during the pandemic.