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University of Kansas Health System Update
Doctors at the University of Kansas Health System said Thursday the hospital is currently treating 33 patients with active COVID-19 infections, including eight patients in intensive care and two on ventilators. The hospital also has 36 recovery patients.
During Thursday’s briefing, doctors also discussed vaccine distribution efforts and the vaccine’s impact on pregnant women and new mothers.
Extreme cold will delay vaccine delivery
Extreme winter weather in Kansas and Missouri this week has resulted in delays in deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the federal government had predicted widespread delays for the next few days. The weather could continue to affect shipments from FedEx and UPS hubs that serve multiple states, according to the CDC.
At the University of Kansas Health System, doctors said Wednesday they are still waiting for shipments that should arrive earlier in the week.
Doctors said those waiting for their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines shouldn’t be concerned as long as they get them sometime within the next month.
Kansas to assign more vaccine doses to teachers
Kansas governor Laura Kelly announced on Wednesday a new move to vaccinate K-12 teachers and staff so that more students can learn in person again.
As part of the plan, counties will receive supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is specifically intended for school teachers and staff. These doses are given in addition to those already used to vaccinate people in the state’s Phase 2 stage.
Across the state line in Missouri, teachers are still waiting to be eligible for the vaccine. Teachers will be included in the next phase of the state, 1B Tier 3.
Kansas City, Missouri public schools said their plan to bring students back in March could be delayed if teachers don’t get their vaccinations soon.
Fans are allowed to participate in Royals Spring Training Games
Kansas City Royals fans have the opportunity to catch a spring training game at Surprise Stadium in Arizona. The stadium announced on Wednesday that it will sell a limited number of tickets to games between February 28 and March 29.
No more than 2,000 fans are allowed per game, and the groups are distributed in socially distant pods. Further restrictions also apply to the stadium.
The partnership aims to attract more volunteers to give vaccines
Johnson County has partnered with Heart to Heart International to study volunteers who will be delivering COVID-19 vaccines.
For a large clinic that delivers 1,400 doses a day, the Johnson County’s Department of Health and Environment needs at least 20 to 50 volunteers. These people must have a medical certificate or a license to provide the injections.
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