Public health officials and other leaders urge Kansas citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise amid the latest wave of the Delta variant in through Missouri and Kansas.
In Kansas City, executives are looking for ways to tackle vaccine reluctance – including setting up a clinic for the tens of thousands of fans expected to attend a Garth Brooks concert this month.
In Truman / University Health medical centers, hospital officials want to lead by example by requiring employees to be vaccinated as a working condition. And summer camps, including one in Johnson County, have recently become hotbeds for COVID-19, according to area health officials, as outbreaks of the virus have occurred in children too young to grow. get vaccinated.
Here are some of the latest headlines on COVID-19:
Beer, country, vaccines
The Kansas City Chiefs are working with city officials on a plan to have a COVID-19 vaccination site at Arrowhead Stadium when country music star Garth Brooks appears there for a concert on August 7. Arrowhead previously served as a vaccination site in the spring when the vaccines were first deployed.
The concert sold out within 24 hours of the ticket sales going online. The stadium can accommodate 76,000 people. Some tickets have been posted for seats on the field priced at $ 9,200.
Speaking to the immunization clinic at a press conference Monday at the Chiefs’ training camp in St. Joseph, team president Mark Donovan said: “We will continue to seize every opportunity. possible to create immunization opportunities. “
Asked about the possibility of using the site for vaccines on Sundays during chefs season, Donovan said. “I’m not sure we’ll be able to do it on match day. We are also trying to overcome this. “
Children’s mercy reaches its full potential
Children’s Mercy reached capacity on Monday following a wave of patients with COVID-19 and childhood illnesses.
Dr Barbara Pahud, director of infectious disease research, said Monday there were more cases of COVID among young children still ineligible to receive the vaccine. But that’s not the only driver of new admissions, she said.
“When we decided to lift the mask policies because we now have vaccines available, in addition to the ability of COVID to spread, all of these other childhood illnesses can start to spread as well,” she said. at the University of Kansas Health System Daily Briefing.
Pahud also said summer camps have been super broadcast events, and said schools will reopen next month, it will be important to vaccinate eligible people, wear masks and practice social distancing.
If appropriate action is not taken, she said, “We are going to see problems. We’re going to see kids land in the hospital and that’s the last thing we want to do.
Summer camp ends early
A COVID-19 outbreak at a Johnson County summer camp caused its early end this week after eight positive cases were reported.
The camp is hosted by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District at Clear Creek Elementary School in Shawnee. The masks were recommended by campers but not required and many children have gone without face coverings, according to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.
In the meantime, the health department is working with the camp to isolate or quarantine those affected, said Sanmi Areola, Johnson County’s top public health official.
Earlier this month, Johnson County Health Department officials recommended that children who have not been fully immunized wear masks at the start of the fall semester. Only the Kansas City, Kansas School District said students would face such a mandatory requirement in the Kansas City suburbs on the Kansas side of State Line Road.
Johnson County added more than 1,580 new cases this month, more than in May and June combined, according to health department data.
Truman Library opens, closes
Less than a month after it reopened, the Presidential Harry S. Truman Library and Museum has again closed its doors amid concerns over the increase in COVID-19 cases in Jackson County.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) made the decision based on the local COVID-19 positivity rate and the seven-day average of new cases in the Jackson County area. They said these exceeded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of “high transmission.”
“It is very disappointing to close our doors so soon after we reopen, but it is an unfortunate precaution based on public safety,” Truman Library Director Kurt Graham said in a press release Monday. “We hope this setback is temporary.”
The news comes weeks after the library reopened to visitors on July 2 after two years of closure for major renovations and due to the pandemic.
Some health care workers in Kansas City will be required to show proof of vaccination under new policies announced Monday. Truman Medical Centers said its employees are expected to take the step on Monday, becoming one of the first regional employers to do so.
The mandate is consistent with its long-standing practices of requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated against serious infectious diseases for the safety of patients and staff. About 70% of its staff have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus and its variants.
Meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs, which has facilities in Kansas City, is demanding that its health workers get vaccinated – becoming the first major federal agency to make the decision.
Star’s Bill Lukitsch, Katie Moore, Sam McDowell, Robert A. Cronkleton and Angela Cordoba Perez contributed to this report.