KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A year after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the nation and Kansas City, Missouri are still recovering.
However, vaccinations offer hope for people like Bill Worley.
“It was great. It’s the right thing,” Worley said after receiving his first dose of vaccine. “I want this crap to be over and back to normal.”
Worley received his vaccine Thursday at a Unified Government Health Department clinic and the Kansas National Guard Armory.
The clinic offered walk-ins for people aged 65 and over.
“You know, when I was a kid who went to school every year, we got a polio shot. And polio is gone, so maybe we can get rid of this stuff too,” Worley said.
Worley said it was easy, quick, and all he had to do was sit down.
“I would do that at home anyway,” Worley said.
As of Thursday, only 5.7% of Wyandotte County’s residents have completed the vaccination process.
COVID-19 cases are currently much lower than they were in late 2020, but so are tests.
“The positivity rate among those tested has also decreased. Therefore, we see lowercase letters even in tested people. This is a good sign, but we don’t want people to lose sight of the importance of testing.” Janell Friesen, United Government Department of Health spokesman, said.
The Mid-America Regional Council tracks the number of new cases on the Kansas City subway every day.
On March 15, 2020, the subway recorded 5 cases. The number has fluctuated in the last few days, but as of March 10th of this year we are at 83.
This virus showed hospital staff that it was unpredictable.
“I never dreamed last March that we would be anywhere near where we are now, a year after that. So it was surprising,” said Dr. Larry Botts, Chief Medical Officer at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission. “I won’t make any further predictions, but I hope this continues to improve.”