Kansas City COVID Delta Redux

In this compilation we review some of the latest, local pandemic news links as plague numbers spike and continue to impact local public health policy.

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Kansas City COVID Help Coming Soon

Kansas City region first responders welcome help from 'ambulance strike teams' to transfer long-haul patients

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) --- Ambulance strike teams arrived in the Kansas City metro Friday to provide long-haul patient transfers outside of the area to keep Kansas City area ambulance crews in the metro. "All of the services in this region, we are all suffering equally," EMS Assistant Division Chief Kansas City Missouri Fire Department EMS Assistant Division Chief Nathan Hopper said.

Show-Me Strike Team Strengthened

FEMA triples size of COVID-19 ambulance strike team in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A federal ambulance strike team has expanded from Springfield to statewide in Missouri as a growing number of patients are having a hard time finding a hospital bed. Those ambulances are expected to arrive overnight on Friday following a request to FEMA from Missouri Governor Mike Parson.

Provisionally Accredited Plague Rules

KCPS to require COVID-19 vaccine or weekly virus testing for teachers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools teachers will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing, the district confirmed Friday. Staff are being asked to receive their first vaccine dose - or only, if they opt for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine - by Aug.

Christian School Champions 'Choice' For A Change

Johnson County private school says it's proof optional masking can be done successfully

SHAWNEE, Kan. - The latest mask mandate for all elementary schools in Johnson County, Kansas, not only impacts public schools but private schools, too. But the head of Marantha Christian Academy said they were planning to handle the upcoming school year differently.

Local NextGen Warning

Kansas City doctor: 'COVID-19 can absolutely make children sick'

Children's Mercy Hospital is seeing more cases of COVID-19 than ever before. Right now, 19 children are hospitalized.

Inner-Suburban Cooperation

Blue Springs School District to comply with Jackson County mask mandate

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Blue Springs School District will follow the Jackson County indoor mask mandate requiring anyone over the age of five, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask inside public spaces.

Another Medical Warning

Kansas City area Chief Medical Officers give urgent community update as COVID-19 cases climb

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) -- The Kansas City Chamber brought several chief medical officers together for an urgent community update Friday. Their message was the same -- the delta variant has their hospitals maxed out, with most patients being unvaccinated. "Our emergency rooms are really, really suffering.

Local Life Lesson Cont'd

Kansas City Public Schools teacher prepares for 2nd year of teaching during a pandemic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Teachers are getting ready for a new school year after navigating the learning curve created by the pandemic last year. "As an educator, this past year was probably one of the most challenging years that I've ever had as a classroom teacher," Sandra Dayse, a teacher at Kansas City Public Schools said.

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