So, it turns out Kansas City didn't "flatten the curve" at all and, despite vaxx efforts, local progress in the fight against the pandemic has stalled.

Dire warnings from public health officials dominate today's news cycle and threaten more public precautions.

Meanwhile, again, we note that this panic isn't resonating with the public as NOBODY is masked when we go outside and public officials also complain about EXTREMELY LOW demand for vaccinations.

Check the links starting with this Kansas City Star clamoring without the paywall . . .

'A tipping point': Kansas City hospitals are turning away patients due to COVID surge

Like other hospitals in the Kansas City region, the University of Kansas Health System is turning down transfer patients because its beds are full, setting up a potential crisis, its chief medical officer said Wednesday. "I think we're at a tipping point," Steve Stites said during KU's daily briefing.

University of Kansas Health System says hospital beds are filling up fast

Kansas City doctors say hospital beds are filling up fast saying not enough people are wearing masks and social distancing.The chief medical officer of the University of Kansas Health System said his hospital is full and said that the situation could turn into a crisis if people don't make changes now."Don't wait for public health officials to tell you to mask when you're indoors.

Why the Delta variant is spreading so much faster than other coronavirus strains

(CNN) -- Worldwide, there is an alarming surge in coronavirus cases -- and health experts say a key factor in this latest wave is the highly contagious Delta variant.

Kansas City Public Schools seek input on masking in schools

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools students and staff could be required to wear masks at school. Sara Williams, the district's COVID-19 response coordinator, made the recommendation Wednesday night at the Board of Education's meeting, but no votes were expected on the issue.

Parson announces vaccine incentive lottery with $10,000 prizes, picks new health director * Missouri Independent

In a bid to increase vaccination rates to combat the Delta variant's growing spread, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday an incentive program that will feature chances to win $10,000 for those who get a shot.

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES: Kansas adds 1,541 new cases as state surpasses 40% completed vaccination rate

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 Wednesday the state has 325,728 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and there have been 5,218 deaths since the outbreak started.

COVID Is Putting As Many Kansans In The Hospital As It Did In March

For six straight months, COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped steadily. Kansans let down their guard. They stopped wearing masks. Most didn't bother to get the vaccine. Then the highly contagious delta variant arrived. It took root, and is fueling a surge of the coronavirus worse than anything in the past several months.

Newspaper hypes old friend . . .

As COVID-19 threat intensifies, KC's health director Rex Archer looks back, and ahead

Dr. Rex Arthur, the outgoing director of Kansas City's health department, joins hosts John Holt and Dave Helling on this week's "4Star Politics." Archer is leaving after the biggest crisis in public health in decades - COVID-19.

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