COVID-19 case numbers in the Kansas City area and Wyandotte County continue to be lower, and doctors have blamed wearing masks and vaccines for the improvement.
Amanda Cackler, director of quality and safety at KU Health System, said the hospital has not seen an inpatient COVID-19 death since Feb.24.
According to a new study in Israel, ventilator use in COVID-19 cases has been reduced by 70 percent since the vaccine was launched, according to Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director for infection prevention and control.
According to Dr. Steven Stites, chief medical officer at KU Health System, the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has declined in recent months, making it a lot easier for doctors to manage.
According to Dr. However, Stites, COVID-19 is still the largest admission diagnosis for people entering the hospital.
Over a long period of time, Cackler said there had been no flu or RSV positive cases in the hospital, both inpatient and outpatient.
“Vaccination against COVID does not protect against RSV. Influenza vaccination clearly protects against influenza, ”said Dr. Stites. “But to have nothing at this time of year, there’s only one reason: It’s because you’re doing a great job out there masking, distancing, washing your hands, coughing in your elbow, and not going out when you’re sick. Keep it up.”
Regardless of what some say, Dr. Stites that masks work and people should still be masked.
“It really suggests that even if the vaccination comes along, maybe the behavior shouldn’t stop because it is about other diseases,” Cackler said.
Dr. Stites said viral diseases cause a small amount of inflammation that can cause other problems. He’s seen COPD, asthma, and emphysema caused by forms of viral diseases. According to Dr. Stites not as many of these other complications. Those numbers for asthma and COPD have also been falling right now, he said.
“There’s only one reason for this – infection control,” said Dr. Stites.
“We’re not saying you have to wear a mask 365 days a year when we’ve conquered COVID,” said Dr. Stites. “But there is something to it.”
According to Dr. Stites want to take a closer look at the idea of wearing more masks for vulnerable people who may have asthma, COPD, or heart failure.
The Kansas City area recently saw a 90 percent decrease in new COVID-19 cases compared to about a month ago.
Cackler said she was concerned that people are overconfident that they are over their heads and will return to normal life.
“We have to be extremely careful,” she said. COVID-19 has not yet been eliminated.
Masking and distancing need to continue, she said. If people can get through the new months with more vaccine distribution, they can think about changing their behavior and returning to what the new normal will be, she said.
Dr. Dana Hawkinson said he was concerned about variations. There is some information that the UK B117 variant is more transmissible with a higher death rate and that is still being investigated, he said. In Houston, they have identified all of these variants but are relaxing the restrictions, he added.
Doctors are concerned with the variants that exist in the US and the ability to start the trip in the spring and summer. More than 25 states are currently reporting rising COVID-19 case numbers.
Dr. Stites said, “This game is over, you’re late in the third quarter. Do not fiddle with the ball at the 10 yard line. “
On July 1, when many more people will be vaccinated, they should have another interview, he said.
Cackler said the CDC’s guidelines on gathering, masking and distancing have not yet changed, and the health system has not made any changes to its recommendations. Masks and social distancing are still recommended.
She added that the health system has received many calls from people wanting to find out about events they are planning later this year.
“We don’t have this crystal ball to know exactly what events will be in April or September so we just have to stay on course,” said Cackler.
When asked if a group of four people, all of whom had been vaccinated, could gather and take off their masks, Cackler said she personally didn’t.
When not her household contacts, she still distant and masked herself, she said. While it’s good news that the vaccine can reduce transmission by as much as 70 percent, it’s still not zero and people may not be aware that others have susceptible conditions, according to Cackler.
“The transmission can still happen,” said Cackler, “so I guess we just have to be extremely careful.” We’ll have to wait and see a little more. “
“You can pass an asymptomatic transmission on to another person who has been vaccinated, but that person could pass it on to another person who has not been vaccinated,” said Dr. Stites.
Dr. Hawkinson said he expected new guidance on these issues from the CDC soon.
COVID-19 case numbers reported
According to Dr. Hawkinson, medical director of infection prevention and control, the total number of active and recovering COVID-19 patients on the University of Kansas health system was 46 on Friday, an increase of two from Thursday. There were 15 active COVID-19 patients in the hospital, an increase of one since Thursday. Three of these patients were in intensive care as on Thursday. One of them was on a ventilator, no change since Thursday. Another 31 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 who were outside the acute phase, an increase of one since Thursday.
Wyandotte County reported an increase of 12 COVID-19 cases for a total of 17,736 cases on Friday March 5th. A total of 273 deaths have been reported, no change since Thursday.
The Mid-America Regional Council’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 160,905 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Friday. The daily average of new hospital admissions was 85. The cumulative deaths in the nine counties region was 2,230.
The state of Kansas reported 295,861 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Friday March 5, up from 752 cases since Wednesday. There have been a total of 4,812 deaths, a decrease of four since Wednesday, KDHE numbers. The KDHE said the decrease in deaths was due to a review of death certificates. Some deaths originally reported as COVID-19 were identified as non-COVID-19 as a major or contributory cause during the review, according to KDHE>
The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard reported 28,894,784 cases in the U.S. as of Friday night, with 522,874 deaths nationwide.
COVID-19 tests are scheduled for Saturday
The COVID-19 test site of the Pierson Community Center at 831 S. 55. is open on Saturday, March 6th at 9:00 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 test site will be located at Lowe’s, 6920 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas starting Saturday at 8:00 a.m. 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 test and vaccination stations are scheduled to open on Monday, March 8th. The Unified Government Health Department’s COVID-19 testing site in the former Kmart building on 78th and State will be open Monday, March 8th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are no appointments for COVID-19 tests on Monday required. There is also another location for the UG Health Department for COVID-19 testing in the former Best Buy Store, 10500 Parallel Parkway. 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 or older can enter and do not require an appointment at the vaccination stations at 7836 State Ave. and in the 10500 Parallel Parkway. 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.
Everyone over 65 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 press conference of the KU doctors takes place https://www.facebook.com/kuhospital/videos/182849756687345.
The University of Kansas Health System COVID-19 update page is located at https://www.kansashealthsystem.com/patient-visitor/covid19-update.
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.