Monday marked the anniversary of the admission of the first COVID-19 patient to the University of Kansas health system, and doctors have been considering changes since then.
“It’s been quite a drive,” said Dr. David Wild, vice president of performance improvement at KU Health System. He made his remarks during a media update on Monday morning.
He said he was humble and impressed with all the efforts made by health care workers and throughout the community. It was something that no one expected or experienced before, he added.
COVID-19 inpatients are under 40 in the KU healthcare system on Monday, and that’s roughly the number it was last August, ahead of a big surge in November, said Dr. Wild. At the time, it seemed like 40 was a number almost impossible to work with, he added.
The challenges for them over the past year have been similar to those of the church, he said. There has been some fear in the community and among health workers, and some concerns are the same as they are now, he added.
There were a lot of strangers and a lot of learning, he said. They had to watch out for incomplete data, make decisions, and then gradually change their practices as more data became available. They had to deal with strong emotions from the community as well as with themselves.
Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director for infection prevention and control, said there had been a lot more work and meetings. They learned about new protocols and procedures to help keep patients and staff safe, he said. People who ignored inequalities in society learned more about them with the pandemic.
“We learned about other aspects of society,” he said. Good things will come out of this too, such as better public health infrastructures.
Health leaders in the Kansas City area have been working together in ways they didn’t before the pandemic, said Dr. Wild. More friendships developed among the people who worked together.
Efforts to vaccinate teachers in Missouri and Kansas were also discussed Monday morning. Wyandotte County’s teachers have been largely vaccinated.
Dr. Jennifer Watts, emergency pediatric medicine at Children’s Mercy, said mass vaccination clinics for teachers will begin March 15 in Johnson County, Kansas and Jackson County, Missouri.
Dr. Kenny Southwick, executive director of the Greater Kansas City Cooperating School Districts, also spoke about vaccinations for teachers and said the goal is to get all students back to school safely. He was concerned about travel during the spring break. He warned parents and students traveling during the spring break to be careful lest there be another outbreak, like the outbreaks after the spring break last year.
Dr. Hawkinson also said people should be vigilant as the spring break is approaching and virus variants could spread. People should wear masks and get the vaccine as soon as it’s offered, he said. Masking, distancing and vaccination get kids back to school faster.
COVID-19 case numbers reported
According to Dr. Hawkinson reported 14 active COVID-19 patients to the KU health system, a decrease from one from Friday. Three of the patients were in intensive care, no change since Friday, and two of the intensive care patients were ventilated on Monday, an increase of one since Friday. There were an additional 23 COVID-19 patients in the hospital outside the acute infection phase, a decrease from eight since Friday. There have been a total of 37 COVID-19 patients in the KU healthcare system, down from nine since Friday.
Wyandotte County reported an increase of 34 COVID-19 cases for a total of 17,770 cases on Monday March 8th since Friday March 5th. A total of 273 deaths have been reported, no change since Friday
The Mid-America Regional Council’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 161,395 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Monday. The daily average of new hospital admissions was 75. The cumulative deaths in the nine-county region was 2,255.
The state of Kansas reported 296,451 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Monday, March 8, up from 590 cases since Friday. There have been a total of 4,816 deaths, an increase of four since Friday
The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard reported 29,043,762 cases in the U.S. as of Monday evening, with 525,752 deaths nationwide.
COVID-19 tests are scheduled for Tuesday
Free COVID-19 testing is available Tuesday, March 9, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the All Saints Ward, 811 Vermont Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.
No appointments are required to take the test at All Saints, and anyone can be tested regardless of symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. For more information or changes to the schedule, see https://www.facebook.com/UGHealthDept.
The COVID-19 test site at the Pierson Community Center at 831 S. 55. is open on Tuesday, March 9th, at 9 a.m. The tests are carried out by WellHealth. Appointments are required, inquire on the website, www.gogettested.com/Kansas, for available appointment times.
Another COVID-19 testing location is at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9th, at Lowe’s, 6920 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The tests are carried out by WellHealth. Appointments are required, inquire on the website, www.gogettested.com/Kansas, for available appointment times.
The Unified Government’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination centers are scheduled to open on Tuesday, March 9th. The Unified Government Health Department’s COVID-19 testing site in the former Kmart building on 78th and State will be open Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 9th March. No appointments are required for COVID-19 tests on Tuesday. There is also another location for the UG Health Department for COVID-19 testing in the former Best Buy Store, 10500 Parallel Parkway. Wyandotte County will add a third clinic location on Tuesday. For more information, see https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19. To see if the schedule changes, visit https://www.facebook.com/UGHealthDept.
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.
Walk-in vaccines available to people aged 85 and over
The UG Health Department offers COVID-19 vaccines to Wyandotte County residents who are over 65 years of age Monday through Friday.
Wyandotte County residents 85 years of age or older can visit vaccination centers at 7836 State Ave. and enter the 10500 Parallel Parkway Monday through Friday and do not need an appointment. A third location will be added on Tuesday. The locations are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
People aged 65 and over and critical workers still need appointments for vaccines.
All over 65s should bring ID or other proof of age, such as a driver’s license, government ID, or birth certificate, along with a reference to their Wyandotte County address, such as: B. an ID card or a post.
For more information about the vaccine and how to fill out a form expressing interest in a vaccine, visit WycoVaccines.org or call 3-1-1.
Saliva tests are now offered in the UG Health Department. For more information, visit https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/02042021-ugphd-saliva-testing-available.pdf.
The University of Kansas Health System COVID-19 update page is located at https://www.facebook.com/kuhospital/videos/265130208445513.
A weekly vaccination report for the state of Kansas is at
Cards and encouragement letters 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 COVID-19 website can be found at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/.
The KC Region 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.