Amid the ongoing pandemic, the "new normal" demands that workers submit to the public health decisions of their employer or look for another line of work.
To be fair, those who object to taking the vaxx after MILLIONS have done the same thing is only one of a series of small indignities that workers will endure over the course of a career.
Today in Kansas City . . .
Truman Medical Centers/University Health is the first local hospital system to step forward and require all staff members be vaccinated for COVID-19.In an announcement Monday afternoon, hospital officials said staff members will be required to be vaccinated by Sept. 20. "TMC/UH wants to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep our patients, our workforce, and our community safe.
The move across the nation . . .
Veterans Affairs to mandate COVID vaccine for health care personnel, first such mandate for federal agency
Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough on Monday made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all VA health care personnel, the first such mandate by a federal agency. The mandate includes physicians, dentists, nurses and others who work in patient-facing roles. The VA said it was taking this "necessary step" to keep the veterans it serves "safe."
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Southwest Missouri's two largest hospital systems reported 27 patients died this past weekend from COVID-19. The region became the epicenter of an outbreak of the highly contagious delta variant in June, sending new cases and hospitalizations soaring again after a five-month reprieve after cases peaked in Missouri from November to January.
Kansas has managed to travel backward in pandemic time. Suddenly it's February again. Except this time, the state faces a version of COVID-19 that's twice as contagious. The delta variant is plowing through a lightly vaccinated population, and multiplying fast. In mid-June, Kansas saw hundreds of new cases a week.
Here are the latest COVID-19 updates around the Kansas City metro area, and in Kansas and Missouri.What you need to know:The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Monday the state has 328,755 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and there have been 5,243 deaths since the outbreak started.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A COVID-19 outbreak has occurred at a Johnson County summer camp, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment confirmed Sunday night. Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director, told KSHB 41 News through a spokesperson that a parks and recreation department's camp was the site of the outbreak and that the "appropriate public health steps" are being taken.
In 48 states, the rate of new COVID-19 cases in the past week jumped by at least 10% compared to the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In 34 of those states, the rate of new cases increased by more than 50%.
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