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Daily update of the University of Kansas Health System
Doctors at the University of Kansas Health Care System saw no change in COVID-19 patient numbers on Wednesday.
In total, they are still treating 70 patients. A few more are in acute phases of infection than on Tuesday 31st. Eight of them are in intensive care and two on ventilators.
Thirty-nine patients are in recovery.
The doctors were led by Dr. Stephen Lauer, a pediatrician, accompanied to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on children, which may include sleep regression or deprivation and anxiety.
The Kansas City VA Medical Center is not reporting any COVID-19 cases
The Kansas City VA Medical Center reported Tuesday that it has stopped treating COVID-19 patients for the first time since this summer.
The last time there were no COVID-19 cases at the center was June. At the height of the pandemic, KCVA doctors were treating between 15 and 25 COVID-19 patients at the same time.
Top Kansas official awaits “bags” of coronavirus variant
The B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 could become the dominant strain of Kansas due to its increased infectivity, said Dr. Lee Norman, Secretary of State for Health and Environment for the Kansas Department, on Tuesday.
The variant, also known as the UK variant, could spread into “pockets” in local regions of the state, Norman said.
The Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day parade has been canceled for the second year running
The Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day parade was canceled for the second consecutive year due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
The parade was canceled for the first time in its 80-year history in 2020 when COVID-19 cases emerged in the Kansas City area in early to mid-March.
The organizers of the parade announced a hopeful date for 2022 on March 17th.
Kansas supports the COVID-19 rental assistance program
The state of Kansas is taking steps to help those who are still struggling to make rental payments amid the financial hardships caused by the pandemic.
Governor Laura Kelly and the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation said CARES Act funding of $ 200 million will be available for rental support.
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