Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Nov. 9

Posted at 11:01 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 12:01:52-05

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 update

The University of Kansas Health System's daily update took a somber tone Monday as COVID-19 cases in the Kansas City area continue to rise.

Dr. Steve Stites and Dr. Dana Hawkinson noted the average number of new positive cases in a day in the area has jumped from around 350 a couple weeks ago, to pushing 1,000 now.

The doctors said they’re treating 68 patients with acute COVID-19 cases at the hospital right now. Of those, 26 are in the intensive care unit and 14 on ventilators.

Hawkinson said the increased numbers bring hospital capacity, vital drug availability and workforce-related concerns.

Number of new COVID-19 cases climbs daily across the Kansas City area

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman called the steep uptick in cases "discouraging."

According to 41 Action News data analysis, last week the Kansas City area saw nearly double the number of new cases compared to numbers two weeks earlier.

Jackson County Health Department offers free COVID-19 testing

The Jackson County, Missouri, Health Department is offering free COVID-19 testing at six sites Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The department also plans to hold a drive-thru flu shot clinic.

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