The UG Health Department has announced that people aged 65 and over in three postcodes are now entitled to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Interested parties should fill out a form on the UG’s COVID-19 website. Appointments are required. (from the UG Health Department)Individuals 65 years of age and older living in zip codes 66101, 66102, and 66105 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Wyandotte County, depending on supplies received. (from the UG Health Department)
Wyandotte County residents 65 years of age or older and living in three zip code areas can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Unified Government Department of Health.
According to the health department, seniors in the zip code areas 66101, 66102 and 66105 have top priority.
Residents must be registered using a vaccination interest form on the Ministry of Health website at
ughealth.info/vaccine or at https://us.openforms.com/Form/f1edcf18-c07b-4efb-ad0d-49ded26c3000. Those who do not have an internet connection can call 3-1-1 for help filling out the form. Updates will be sent to those who have completed the form to let them know when they are eligible for the vaccine, when the vaccine is available, and how to schedule an appointment.
So far, in Phase 2, these 85 and older and high-contact critical workers have been able to receive the vaccine after enrolling in Wyandotte County.
According to Janell Friesen, Public Information Officer at the Ministry of Health, the health department has worked with Dr. Jason Glenn, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, developed a Vulnerability Index.
The index aims to make the distribution of vaccines more equitable and prioritize vaccines for residents at higher risk of exposure to the virus and serious illness or death from COVID-19, the spokesman said. Many residents in zip codes 66101, 66102, and 66105 have no health insurance, and these areas have seen the highest number of COVID-19 cases.
The second group of postcodes is 66103, 66104, 66106, 66111 and 66112. The third group of postcodes is 66109, 66012, 66115 and 66118.
A health ministry spokesman said there will likely be similar prioritization of zip codes as the vaccines will later be given to the public of all ages.
The Health Department also announced today that a new mass vaccination facility on 10500 Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas, will be open for vaccinations Monday through Friday by appointment only from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saliva test kits are also available on the website, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The website is the former Best Buy store on the plaza in the Speedway development.
The original vaccination site at 7836 State Ave. in the former Kmart building is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required for vaccines, but not for COVID-19 test kits.
According to the Department of Health, there are plans for a vaccination site in eastern Kansas City, Kansas.
School vaccination schedule
At a press conference on Wednesday at 4 p.m., Governor Laura Kelly announced a vaccination schedule for back to school.
She said counties across the state would be given doses of vaccine intended for kindergarten by 12th grade staff. Schools also get free tools for quick score tests, she said.
This will allow the state to safely get students back to personal school, she said.
Governor Kelly said the state is able to implement the back to school vaccination schedule because he has received significantly more doses than before. The state received about 45,000 doses four weeks ago and 90,000 last week.
This week, Governor Kelly said the White House had told her that Kansas would receive 115,000 cans. In addition, approximately 9,000 to 10,000 doses will be sent directly to pharmacies across the state, she added.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is currently working on a schedule for vaccinating teachers and school employees, she said. There won’t be enough to vaccinate them all next week, but it will happen over time, according to the governor.
Wyandotte County is ahead of the state’s plan to vaccinate teachers.
The health department here has already vaccinated most of the teachers and other staff, although there may still be a few who need a second dose, Friesen said. Teachers and school staff were prioritized on site, she said.
Vaccine supplies are still limited, she said.
Although the KDHE vaccination website Wyandotte County received 3,900 doses of vaccine this week, the health department is expecting no more than 1,950 vaccines it has received in recent weeks, according to Friesen. They will investigate why there is a difference between their number and the number listed on the state vaccine website.
While employee vaccinations are encouraged, Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection prevention and control, at the news conference Wednesday morning at the University of Kansas Health System that it was more important to wear a mask and to make sure those in the classroom are spaced apart. According to Dr. Hawkinson, it makes sense to reduce the number of people in a room, keep the spaces separate, and always wear a mask.
Much of the prevalence in schools has been when adults disobey the rules, have lunch together, or meet in small rooms, said Dr. Hawkinson.
According to Dr. Steve Lauer, pediatrician, it is important for parents that the children make sure that the children get enough sleep when they return to school. Sleep patterns can become skewed when children are out of school.
Dr. Lauer said children should fall asleep and wake up at about the same time each night. You need regular sleep, around eight hours.
All electronic devices and lights and heat should be turned off about an hour before bed, he said. A regular routine, like a glass of milk and cookies, will be fine, he said. You should have the same routine every night. Meditation and calming activities can also be helpful.
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 on Wednesday and Tuesday was 70. There were 31 active COVID-19 patients in the Hospital, an increase of two from Tuesday. Eight of these patients were in intensive care, a decrease of one since Tuesday, two of them on ventilators, a decrease of one since Tuesday. An additional 39 patients have been hospitalized for COVID-19 outside the acute phase, a decrease of three since Tuesday.
According to the Unified Government’s COVID-19 website, Wyandotte County reported an increase of 33 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, February 17. There were a total of 17,421 cases. There were a total of 247 deaths, just like on Tuesday.
The Mid-America Regional Council’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 154,103 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The daily average of new hospital admissions was 98.
The state of Kansas reported 288,717 COVID-19 cases nationwide on Wednesday, up from 1,267 cases since Monday, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. An additional 115 deaths were reported, for a total of 4,521.
The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard reported 27,825,077 cases in the US as of Wednesday evening, with 490,447 deaths nationwide.
COVID-19 tests are scheduled for Thursday
Free COVID-19 testing will be held on Thursday, February 18, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Vibrant Health Argentine location, 1428 S. 32nd St., Kansas City, Kansas. The tests are provided by Vibrant Health.
The unified government’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites are slated to open on Thursday.
The Unified Government Health Department’s COVID-19 test site in the former Kmart building on 78th and State is open on Thursday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are required for Thursday’s COVID-19 tests. 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 Health Department’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 as well as residents over 65 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. You can find more information at https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/02042021-ugphd-saliva-testing-available.pdf.
The governor’s press conference can be found at https://www.facebook.com/GovLauraKelly/videos/179149120309819.
The press conference of the KU doctors is online at https://www.facebook.com/kuhospital/videos/241388167572662.
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 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 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.