Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Oct. 28

Posted at 10:50 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 11:54:40-04

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 doctors underline need for mitigation plan

Doctors at the University of Kansas Health System say KU’s campus, along with the city of Lawrence and Douglas County are a “bubble” compared to the rest of the state.

The doctors talked about virus mitigation efforts on campus Wednesday morning, which in collaboration with city and county officials have resulted in a rolling seven-day average positivity rate of 1%.

They said it shows the need for more comprehensive plans in other parts of the state, such as Johnson County, where the “12 to 29 year old age range is double the portion of the population.”

Watch their full conversation below.

JOCO health officials: Hgh school winter sports risky without COVID-19 mitigation

The Johnson County, Kansas, Department of Health and Environment appears to be in agreement with the KU doctors, as it recommended Tuesday that high school winter sports not proceed without significant safety precautions in place.

Dr. Samni Areola, JCDHE director, said indoor sports are riskier due to the increase in likelihood of transmission, especially for sports such as basketball and wrestling.

KCMO health department institutes COVID-19 precautions for polls

Safety at the polls is on the brain for Kansas City, Missouri, officials looking to protect voters.

With the potential for record voter turnout, KCMO Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer said he met with several local election authorities on how to keep voters and workers safe during the pandemic.

Staying safe while celebrating Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic

Halloween is just around the corner and it is certainly going to look different in 2020.

While many Halloween traditions are risky in terms of spreading the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did issue guidance on celebrating safely.

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Kansas City-area churches work to keep worshippers safe

After Halloween, it will seem like Christmas arrives in no time — especially with the time-warp that is 2020.

For many, their holiday includes attending a church service.

Three churches in Jackson County have been the sites of potential COVID-19 exposures, 41 Action News learned Tuesday, however church leaders say the virus protocols they've implemented have prevented a major outbreak and will help them stay open throughout the holiday season.

Fighting COVID-19 from the frontlines

The surgical unit at the University of Kansas Health System was converted to a COVID-19 ICU unit soon after the pandemic reached the United States in March.

A nurse in that unit shared her journey with 41 Action News.

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