Kansas City COVID Spike Restarts Crackdowns & Morgue Count

The COVID news remains dire as we move forward into the "dark winter" that continues to threaten any hope for a return to "normal" that now is only a vague memory.

And so, we share a few of the more important local updates as pandemic headlines and restarted public health actions moved quickly today . . .

Here's TKC news gathering . . .

Curve Still Not Flattened

KC hospitals face shortages of morgue space, treatments and ventilators

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Doctors from around the Kansas City area are alerting the public to new shortages in their battle to fight COVID-19. In addition to fewer health care workers in the hospitals, doctors said they now face shortages of morgue space, monoclonal antibody treatments and ventilators needed to treat critically ill patients.

Time Of For Pandemic

Kansas City considers 10 days of paid COVID leave for city employees

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Kansas City leaders are considering a measure that would give up to 10 days of paid COVID-19 leave to city workers who test positive for the virus. Kansas City's Finance, Governance and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday morning is set to discuss and possibly vote on the proposal.

JoCo Covered Amid COVID

4 Olathe high schools temporarily universally masking

OLATHE, Kan. - As of Monday, four Olathe high schools have returned to temporary universal masking due to daily absence rates above 7%. The schools include: Olathe North High School Olathe Northwest High School Olathe South High School Olathe West High School Olathe North, Northwest and West all returned to universal masking on Jan.

Life Lesson For Sunflower State

Kansas board passes emergency measure to ease COVID-19-related substitute shortages

A Kansas state board is hoping that making it easier to obtain a substitute teaching license will help ease the severe shortage of substitute teachers across the state. The Kansas State Board of Education Wednesday passed a temporary emergency change to the requirements to obtain a Temporary Emergency Authorized License.

NOT Official COVID Outbreak But Peek Public Health Impact

Bonner Springs, Edwardsville schools canceling classes due to spike in illnesses

by: Brian Dulle Posted: / Updated: BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. - The Bonner Springs/Edwardsville School District announced Wednesday that it is canceling classes for the rest of the week due to an uptick in student and staff absent due to illness.

Take A Breath

Kansas City hospitals seeing shortage of ventilators

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In what feels like a flashback to mid-2020, Kansas City area hospitals are seeing a shortage in ventilators. With the surge in COVID-19 cases causing an influx of critically-ill patients, the equipment is once again being stretched thin.

Kansas City Star Double Down On Hot Mic Faux Pas

Fauci called Kansas senator a moron. But Marshall's COVID games are worse than dumb

OPINION AND COMMENTARY Did Tony Fauci know his microphone was still live at a Senate Health Committee meeting Tuesday afternoon? The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reacted with exasperation to a series of confused but combative questions from Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall. "What a moron," Fauci muttered.

Rock Chalk Spike Recorded

One Kansas City area hospital sees highest number of COVID patients since pandemic began

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The University of Kansas Health System has more COVID-19 patients right now than at any point during the pandemic. KU Health System leaders said their emergency rooms are overwhelmed, and their hospital is full. But the problems aren't just isolated there.

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