Vaccines are currently being announced after the Kansas Leadership Center involved individual Kansans in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
One of the topics discussed at the University of Kansas Health Systems press conference on Monday was how to convince the vaccine reluctant to get the COVID-19 shot.
Ed O’Malley, executive director of the center, and Claudia Amaro, who chairs meetings, discussed the group’s efforts in Kansas.
Amaro said communication is important and it is not true that Latinos do not become engaged to their communities.
Part of the vaccine hesitation, according to Amaro, has to do with trust and knowledge of the people presenting the information about vaccines.
“We are still committed to the community, especially listening,” she said.
In the beginning, some people say they don’t trust and don’t want to get the vaccine, she said. After a period of time and discussion, they understand how important it is for everyone in the community to get the vaccine, she said. But they are not there yet because they have no information, she added.
“They want leaders in the Hispanic community who will gather and present information,” she said. They also want to see information in their own language, she added.
Amaro said there are already many people out there trying to make connections, including Hispanic leaders, Spanish media reporters, hospital staff, and others in the healthcare sector.
O’Malley said, from how he sees it, there are three things that need to be done.
The first is listening, he said, and they’ve done 50+ community listening sessions with different populations just to hear thoughts, concerns, and questions, he said.
Second, you give people something to be for, he said. When asked about masks, for example, they focused on what people can be for.
Third, people should be given the opportunity to be active. This could be a key to success when it comes to getting more people vaccinated, he said. It increases people’s engagement and can influence others, he said.
O’Malley said they had heard various concerns about the vaccine during their 50 community meetings over the past eight weeks.
Lots of people just want more information, said Amaro.
“You have to listen to experts, from people they trust,” she said.
O’Malley said some people don’t want others to listen and then tell them what to think, but they want to discuss their concerns.
He said some western cities made people feel safe because they were so isolated. “Feeling secure in small towns was one of the challenges,” he said.
They try to involve people, share information, ask questions, answer questions and get people they trust to think about the vaccine, he said.
In Wyandotte County, the Unified Government Health Department has COVID-19 information in Spanish and English. For more resources in Spanish, some information is available on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website.
Towards the end of 2020, the Kansas Leadership Center launched a campaign, Kansas Beats the Virus, and held 851 small-group meetings of nearly 7,000 participants across the state where residents discussed what they could do in their communities to stop the virus from spreading to stop .
Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection prevention and control, said they recently had to revert to a lockdown in some overseas countries because of the rapid spread of COVID-19 variants.
“It’s up to people to do the right things,” he said. Going without masks and without distancing, as people did before the pandemic, can lead to a spate of cases.
Dr. Steve Stites, chief medical officer at KU Health System, said he was a little nervous as the country goes into spring break. Having COVID-19 doesn’t protect against some of these variants, said Dr. Stites.
Not many young adults have been vaccinated yet, and some of them may go to large Florida gatherings. He added that he feared many people could get sick without the vaccine.
COVID-19 case numbers reported
The University of Kansas health system reported 11 active COVID-19 patients Monday morning, an increase of three from Friday. Of the 11 patients, three were in intensive care, no change from Friday. One patient was on a ventilator, a decrease from one from Friday. There were another 20 COVID-19 patients hospitalized but outside the acute infection phase, an increase from one from Friday. There are a total of 31 patients, an increase of four as of Friday.
Wyandotte County reported an increase of 30 COVID-19 cases since Friday on Monday, March 15, for a total of 17,900 cases. A total of 278 deaths have been reported, no change since Friday.
The Mid-America Regional Council’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 162,148 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Monday. The daily average of new hospital admissions was 72. The number of cumulative deaths was 2,291.
The state of Kansas reported 298,218 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Monday, March 15, up from 470 cases since Friday. A total of 4,835 deaths were reported, an increase of 11 deaths.
The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard reported 29,492,616 cases in the U.S. as of Monday evening, with 535,596 deaths reported nationwide.
COVID-19 tests are scheduled for Tuesday
Free COVID-19 testing is available Tuesday, March 16, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the All Saints Ward, 811 Vermont Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.
The tests are conducted by the Wyandotte County Health Equity Task Force. Food is given away to those who are tested while supplies last. Appointments are not required. 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.
The COVID-19 testing will take place on Tuesday, March 16 at 9:00 a.m. at the Pierson Community Center, 1800 S. 55., Kansas City, Kansas. 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 is located at Lowe’s, 6920 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 16. 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 Health Department’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination facilities are slated to open on Tuesday, March 16. The testing site in the former Kmart building on 78th and in the state will be open Tuesday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Not required for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for people over 65 on Tuesday. Walk-in vaccinations are open on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The former Best Buy Store, 10500 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas also has a UG Health Department location for COVID-19 testing and vaccination. A third Department of Health vaccination location is in the Kansas National Guard Armory at 100 p. 20.
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 are available for those aged 65 and over
The UG Health Department offers COVID-19 vaccines to Wyandotte County residents who are 65 years of age and older Monday through Friday.
Wyandotte County residents 65 years of age or older can schedule an appointment Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the vaccination stations in the former Kmart store on 7836 State Ave., the former Best Buy store on 10500 Parallel and do not require an appointment at Parkway and the Kansas National Guard Armory at 100 S. 20.
Those who are critical workers still need vaccine appointments.
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.
Wyandotte County residents under the age of 65 and all Wyandotte County residents can fill out a form expressing an interest in vaccination WycoVaccines.org or call 3-1-1.
For information on UG vaccines in Spanish, see https://vacunas-contra-el-covid-19-wyandotte-county-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/.
You can find the general contact page for the Ministry of Health at https://www.wycokck.org/Health/Contact.aspx. The phone number for the General Department of Health is 913-573-8855. Your general email address is email@example.com. Your facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/UGHealthDept.
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 new school health regulations are at https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/localhealthofficerschoolorder3.11.21.pdf.
The University of Kansas Doctors’ morning media update is online at https://www.facebook.com/kuhospital/videos/1936916469807706.
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
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.