Over the past couple of weeks we've seen Kansas City metro relax pandemic mitigation protocols, eliminate COVID mask requirements and push back against vaccine mandates.

Now . . .

All of that "progress" might be for naught as COVID numbers start to surge again.

To wit . . .


To start the day we take a peek at the evolving pandemic narrative and how relaxed public health rules might quickly fade . . .

Moreover . . .

Mainstream media news of more infections and hospitalizations will likely inspire a desperate and far more critical fight over vaccine requirements as a "return to normal" proves illusive.

We'll start our glimpse at local news items on the topic and then move the more ominous headlines on the horizon.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news links . . .

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