Cold weather and icy roads delayed vaccine shipments this week, but Dr. Kansas Secretary of Health Lee Norman is still expecting 90,000 doses.
It will be double what it was last week, he said at a news conference Tuesday morning in the University of Kansas Health System.
Dr. Norman said there are no vaccines on shelves and they are being sent for distribution as soon as they are brought in.
There have been some delays in delivering vaccines directly from the federal government to vaccination sites, but that’s only a very short speed boost on the road, he said. Those vaccines, which don’t go through the state agency, will only be delayed by a few days, he said. Two state-approved agencies in Kansas have been approved for the vaccine, he said.
Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection prevention and control at KU Health System, believes it is okay to delay the second dose of vaccine a little in these circumstances and that the vaccine will continue to have a potentiating effect.
The current vaccines are said to give people immunity for six to nine months. When asked, Dr. Hawkinson, although vaccine antibodies may decline after three or six months, that is not the full picture. There are also B-cell and T-cell responses that are extremely important, he said. Certain cells can make antibodies when people become infected with coronavirus again, he said.
Dr. Hawkinson said more vaccine should be available once the FDA approves the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for the emergency.
When asked if counties are getting their fair share of vaccines, Dr. Norman that the state is distributing the vaccine per capita. Some counties are getting slightly stronger because of a CDC Vulnerability Index that includes factors such as poverty and traffic. It is a very small amount that is reported for the Vulnerability Index, he added.
The KDHE works with counties, said Dr. Norman, and sometimes a county will ask for half their vaccination this week to ask for more in a later week if they are planning a larger clinic.
Johnson and Sedgwick counties, which have the highest populations, have received the highest vaccine allocations, he said.
Doctors at the press conference agreed that the problems were solely related to supply and not to distribution.
Dr. Norman said it appeared on federal websites that Kansas didn’t distribute its vaccines, but he said the state is giving the vaccines to counties to distribute as soon as they are received. The state has been tracking counties where the numbers have not been reported and, according to Dr. Norman discovered that there were problems with the software reporting the numbers. Due to some issues with the tech data interface, the numbers reported by the counties did not appear in the reports, said Dr. Norman. They are working on a solution to this problem, he said.
He was also asked by an Osage County resident why she was being charged $ 30 to get her COVID-19 vaccine, which she believed was free. Dr. Norman said the vaccine is free, but the clinic may charge an administration fee. He said the fee should be paid by the insurance company and there should be no out-of-pocket expenses.
Dr. Norman also said the number of new COVID-19 cases in the state has dropped dramatically. It’s about 450 a day now, compared to 2,000 a day not so long ago.
He also said that the COVID-19 UK variant could become the dominant strain in the United States because it is more contagious. A second case was recently found in the Wichita area. People shouldn’t give up their vigilance and it’s important to get tested, he said.
COVID-19 case numbers reported
According to Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection prevention and control, the total number of COVID-19 active and recovering COVID-19 patients in the University of Kansas health system was 70 on Tuesday, an increase of two since Monday. There were 29 active COVID-19 patients in the hospital, a decrease of three from Monday. Nine of those patients have been in intensive care, a decrease of one since Monday, three on ventilators, a decrease of two since Monday. Another 42 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 who were outside of the acute phase, an increase of six since Monday.
According to the Unified Government’s COVID-19 website, Wyandotte County reported an increase of 15 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, February 16. There were a total of 17,388 cases. There were a total of 247 deaths, just like on Monday.
The Mid-America Regional Council’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 153,756 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The daily average of new hospital admissions was 98.
The state of Kansas reported 287,450 COVID-19 cases nationwide on Monday, up from 1,348 cases since Friday, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Another 42 deaths were reported, for a total of 4,406.
The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard reported 27,753,823 cases in the U.S. as of Tuesday evening, with 487,927 deaths nationwide.
COVID-19 tests are scheduled for Wednesday
The unified government’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites are scheduled to open on Wednesday. Other personal services of the UG Ministry of Health are closed on Wednesday.
The Unified Government Health Department’s COVID-19 testing site in the former Kmart building on 78th and State is open on Wednesday, February 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are required for COVID-19 tests on Wednesday. At https://www.facebook.com/UGHealthDept you can find out if there are any changes to the schedule.
The health department is offering saliva COVID-19 tests to the public.
Department of Health tests are free to those who live or work in Wyandotte County.
The tests are open to both asymptomatic people and people who have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. Check the UG Ministry of Health’s Facebook page for changes to the schedule. Bring something that shows that you live or work in Wyandotte County, such as: B. an electricity bill.
The Pierson Community Center test site will be closed from February 16-18, according to the website www.gogettested.com/Kansas.
Wyandotte County residents interested in a COVID-19 vaccine can complete a survey form with the UG Health Department at https://us.openforms.com/Form/2f2bcc68-3b6a-450b-9007-d39819db6572. Residents will be contacted to schedule an appointment once the vaccine is available. The health department is currently vaccinating critical employees with high contact and residents over 85 years of age.
You can find test pages at https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19.
Saliva tests are now offered in the UG Health Department. Further information can be found at https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/02042021-ugphd-saliva-testing-available.pdf.
The KU doctors’ press conference is online at https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=3709602189136767&ref=watch_permalink.
The University of Kansas Health System’s COVID-19 update page is located at https://www.kansashealthsystem.com/patient-visitor/covid19-update.
For more information on how Wyandotte County residents over 85 can get a vaccine on the Department of Health’s website, visit https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/02032021_wycovaccinationsage85.pdf.
Vaccine dates for the state of Kansas can be found at https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/158/Data.
Cards and letters of encouragement for KU health care providers can be sent to Share Joy, Patient Relationship Care, 4000 Cambridge St., Mailstop 1021, Kansas City, Kansas, 66160. Emails can be sent to ShareJoy@kumc.edu.
Wyandotte County has a mandatory mask and social distancing regime.
The UG COVID-19 website is located at https://alpha.wycokck.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information.
The KDHE’s COVID-19 website can be found at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/.
The KC Region’s COVID-19 Hub Dashboard is located at https://marc2.org/covidhub/.
The Wyandotte County page on the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 website is located at https://bao.arcgis.com/covid-19/jhu/county/20209.html.
The Johns Hopkins Data in Motion, a presentation on critical COVID-19 data over the past 24 hours, can be found at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/covid-19-daily-video.