Kansas City COVID Cont'd News Links

Here's a quick round-up of pandemic links that continue to impact the metro despite political outcry from BOTH sides of the aisle . . . But mostly complaining from people who don't want to keep wearing masks. #NewAmericanDressCode

10 KC-area health departments issue public health advisory on COVID-19, recommend wearing masks

Ten Kansas City-area health departments issued a joint public health advisory on COVID-19 Friday, recommending that unvaccinated residents wear face coverings.This is only a recommendation and not a mandate.The region's health officials said the advisory is because of the rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the Kansas City metro related to the emergence of the delta variant."We are in trouble," said Dr. Steve Stites, of the University of Kansas Health System on Friday morning.The health departments on the advisory include: Kansas City, Missouri, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri.

The Johnson County Health Department recommends students who aren't fully vaccinated wear masks in school

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Johnson County Health Department has updated its guidance for COVID-19 policies in schools as the delta variant of the virus spreads in the county.

Johnson county department of health and environment releases Covid guidance for schools

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -- The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is recommending schools require indoor mask wearing among unvaccinated people, as well as excluding people with suspected or confirmed Covid cases. In a letter sent to school superintendents, the department says their primary goal is to keep Johnson County schools open and that they're committed to promoting and maintaining safe and healthy environments.

CDC rejected Missouri's proposed vaccine incentive program, Gov. Parson says

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention halted the state's plan to implement an incentive program to encourage vaccinations. "The CDC didn't accept our plan, which is just totally ridiculous that they would turn us down with Missouri in the situation we're in right now.

Rise in COVID-19 cases closes Eisenhower's presidential sites in Abilene

The federal government will shut down Dwight Eisenhower's presidential library and museum again Monday as the faster-spreading delta variant fuels a growing number of new COVID-19 cases in Kansas.The decision to close sites in Abilene honoring the nation's 34th president and the supreme Allied commander during World War II was a response to case numbers in their home of Dickinson County.

Parson: State will 'probably' help fund COVID overflow site

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said the state will "probably" provide funding for a site to help handle the overflow of COVID-19 patients in Springfield, where hospitals are struggling to keep up with a surge driven by the delta variant and vaccination hesitation.

Johnson County hosting six COVID-19 vaccine clinics this weekend

Johnson County public health leaders are making a big push this weekend to get people vaccinated.They are holding a series of six vaccine clinics, mainly at churches in the county.The Love Your Neighbor community vaccine campaign is targeted toward making people comfortable getting the COVID-19 vaccine in places where they feel comfortable like churches or places of faith.

COVID-19 cases in Missouri reach highest level since January

Missouri's health department on Thursday reported the highest daily count of new COVID-19 cases since the dead of winter, and the association representing the state's hospital is warning that the health care system is potentially on the brink of a crisis.The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services cited 2,302 newly confirmed cases of the virus, the largest one-day count since mid-January, as the delta variant continues to spread in a state with one of the nation's lowest vaccination rates.

Local man who got COVID after being vaccinated still sees value in the vaccines

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Colin Stoner received his second shot of the COVID vaccine at the end of March, so when he got sick in June, he didn't suspect COVID. Then he got a fever of 102 degrees. "I got tested, and it was positive, and then from there, it was a really rapid descent," Stoner described.

Kansas City-area health departments issue public health advisory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Health departments in the Kansas City area have issued a joint public health advisory as COVID-19 cases rise across the metro and other parts of the Midwest . "We're all seeing a pretty significant increase in numbers of cases and numbers of hospitalizations," Frank Thompson, deputy director of the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department, said Friday in an interview with 41 Action News.

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