COVID Roundup: 3K Freebie Masks Coming Soon To Roeland Park

Forgive this quickie posts wherein we start with a bit of government largess at this late stage of the pandemic.

And then we gather a great deal of the dire COVID news that continues to pile up . . . Check the TKC collection . . .

Roeland Park to distribute 3,000 free KN-95 masks

by: Sydnie Holzfaster Posted: / Updated: ROELAND PARK, Kan. - The city of Roeland Park is offering residents a chance to receive free KN-95 masks. Anyone interested in receiving masks must fill out an online form and submit it to the city. The city has secured 3,000 masks to distribute on a first come, first serve basis.

62 Missouri school districts temporarily closed in January

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - So far in January, 62 Missouri school districts have closed for one or more days, largely because of a lack of staff caused by a surge in COVID-19 cases, education officials said Thursday. That number is 12% of districts statewide, said Mallory McGowin, a spokeswoman for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Jackson County health director warns COVID-19 is worse than ever: 'Things are not OK'

The COVID-19 situation in Jackson County is looking "dire." That's according to a that the county health department released to the public late last week, saying the pandemic is now disrupting critical infrastructure in the region, like hospitals and schools. The health department sent the letter, said interim director Ray Dlugolecki, because the pandemic is the worst it's ever been.

Police union lawyer: Suspect freed after positive COVID test

ST LOUIS - A domestic assault suspect was freed from jail after testing positive for COVID-19, despite being deemed dangerous enough that prosecutors wanted him held without a chance of bail, the attorney for the St. Louis Police Officers Association said. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 36-year-old man was released on Jan.

Kansas City area ICUs nearly full as hospitals struggle to help unvaccinated patients

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Missouri is sitting at a 53-percent vaccination rate, one of the lowest in the country, as Kansas City area hospitals are struggling to keep up care for COVID patients, most of whom are unvaccinated. This situation is getting national attention, with CBS News visiting St.

Park Hill warns of closures while others go remote

by: Heidi Schmidt Posted: / Updated: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Park Hill School District warned parents it may need to cancel school because of the number of teachers and staff who are sick. The district emailed parents and guardians of students Thursday. In the email, the district said that more than 200 employees were out sick.

Kansas City teen says COVID-19 long-haul journey further fuels passion for medical career

A student at Bishop Miege High School is sharing her experience after recovering from severe COVID-19 long-haul symptoms. KMBC 9 spoke with the freshman about how it's further fueling her passion for a career in medicine.

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