Sadly, local plague numbers aren't complete and MSM is reporting a continued threat as our elected leaders continue to slap fight over debate policy, dress codes and courtroom power moves.

For now, we merely share a look at new numbers along with big picture data and a powerful ground level story . . .

On Nov. 1, there were 37 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 at hospitals in the St. Luke's Health System. On Monday, there were 118 patients.

Over the weekend, the University of Kansas Health System had four people die due to COVID-19.

"It’s hard to explain it unless you’ve seen the patients when they’re struggling," Larsen said, "you’ve seen the fear when they can’t breathe."

In Johnson County, Kansas, officials said the COVID-19 positivity rate is about four times where we were a few weeks ago.

"We encourage everyone to get their booster shots," Johnson County Health Director Dr. Sanmi Areola said.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news links from BOTH sides of the ongoing debate . . .

Kansas City area doctors warn of steadily increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - COVID-19 hospitalizations have been steadily increasing since November, though the numbers are still below peaks seen earlier this year. It's reached a point that's concerning to Kansas City area doctors, especially with another holiday ahead.

Fauci Says It's 'Tough to Tell' if Covid Boosters Will Be Needed Every Year

Are we going to need to keep getting Covid-19 boosters forever? Two weeks after federal health officials expanded their guidance to recommend that all adults receive a Covid-19 vaccine booster dose, President Biden's chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, was asked if yearly boosters are in our future.

Another grim Covid-19 milestone: At least 800,000 Americans have died

The United States passed another grim Covid-19 milestone Monday, as more than 800,000 Americans have now died from the virus that's plagued the country for nearly two years. There have been at least 800,156confirmed deaths traced to coronavirus, according to a rolling tally by NBC News.

Britain Reports World's First Confirmed Death From Heavily Mutated Omicron Variant

Britain has reported what appears to be the world's first confirmed death from the heavily mutated Omicron variant of COVID-19. There have been initial signs that the new variant causes less severe symptoms than the dominant Delta strain-but, making his announcement of the death Monday morning, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that may not be the case.

New York Times editorial: Too many Americans still 'paralyzed' by coronavirus fears

The New York Times editorial board wrote Saturday that it didn't believe the coronavirus pandemic would be going away in the near future, and that Americans "paralyzed" with fear needed to learn to live with the reality of the virus in their lives.

Air Force discharges 27 for refusal to get COVID vaccine | AP News

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get the shots. The Air Force gave its forces until Nov.

Supreme Court rejects bid to block Covid vaccine mandate for NY health workers

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an emergency bid to block enforcement of New York's coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers. The legal challenge was filed by a group of 20 doctors and nurses who argued that the state's vaccine mandate violates the First Amendment to the Constitution because it fails to include a religious exemption.

Booster boom adds to wait times at walk-in clinics

FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -- The demand for Covid-19 booster shots continues to rise across the country. In the metro, health departments say vaccine appointment spots are filling up ahead of the holidays. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and KCK said the demand for Covid-19 booster shots has gone up 20 percent.

Health experts break down COVID-19 trends in Jackson County as Christmas approaches

JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. - The Jackson County Legislature voted 5-4 to not extend the county's mask mandate, and with the holidays right around the corner, experts say COVID-19 cases are trending in the wrong direction.

You decide . . .