Leaders Beg Kansas City To Stay Away From NYE Parties Amid COVID Spike

Public health warnings haven't inspired much more than panicked talk and we kind that that more serious action might be merited given so much fearsome chatter directed at the media. 

To be fair, there are plenty of reasons to stay home tonight. COVID is just one.

Nevertheless, here's a TKC glimpse at more warnings for tonight that will mostly be ignored . . .

Kansas City area health leaders stress skipping crowded NYE parties as COVID cases surge

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's been another tough year dealing with the pandemic so as you can imagine a lot of people are wanting to let loose and enjoy the night at parties like Power and Light's New Year's Live! While others are choosing a low-key route to ring in the new year.

Testing center in Overland Park offers new test that detects omicron variant

Antigen test manufacturer Quidel announced this week that its new COVID-19 antigen test now detects the omicron variant.Overland Park-based COVID-19 testing center Health Gauge said that it now offers the test.It's by drive-up appointment only at Health Gauge in Overland Park."Over the course of the last week and a half, we've seen a real pickup in testing," said Scott McGlothlen, of Health Gauge.Scott McGlothlen said his company had nearly closed shop on COVID-19 testing at its Overland Park center.

KC bars, restaurants and businesses prepare for another pandemic New Year's Eve

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As New Year's Eve celebrations return this year, some businesses are taking extra safety precautions due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases. Last year, a lot of New Year's Eve celebrations were called off due to the pandemic, but many restaurants, bars and businesses are bringing back the festivities this year.

Metro hospitals brace for more COVID patients while battling the flu

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) --- Hospitals across the Kansas City metro area and all of Kansas will host a conference Jan. 3 to discuss capacity issues and staffing challenges. They're dealing with a new Covid-19 variant, staffing shortages and high rates of flu.

Fauci Warns Against 'Hugging and Kissing' in New Year's Eve Celebrations

The nation's leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci OK'd small, at-home New Year's Eve gatherings among vaccinated and boosted individuals on Wednesday, but he urged Americans to cancel plans to attend larger parties as conditions become more grim amid the omicron variant.

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