Walk-in vaccinations available Monday

Walk-in vaccinations are available Monday, April 19, for Wyandotte County residents and workers.

Wyandotte County residents and those who work in Wyandotte County may walk in for a COVID-19 vaccination from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, at the former Best Buy store at 10500 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas.

Also open for walk-in vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, will be the Kansas National Guard Armory at 100 S. 20th St. (18th and Ridge), Kansas City, Kansas.

The former Kmart at 78th and State Avenue will be closed on Monday, April 19.

The vaccination sites will have either Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

Appointments also are being scheduled for the Unified Government Health Department vaccine sites.

The Health Department has expanded vaccine access and starting on Monday, April 19, all Kansas residents can make an appointment to be vaccinated at any of the Health Department’s vaccination facilities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The vaccination sites on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are open to Kansas residents who are 16 and older.

Kansas residents who wish to schedule an appointment may use the Health Department’s self-scheduling tool at WycoVaccines.org and click on a blue button that says, “Click here to schedule an appointment online.”

The page is available in Spanish by clicking at the top of the page.

Wyandotte County residents who don’t have an internet connection may call 3-1-1 or 913-573-5311 for assistance in scheduling their vaccination appointment time and date. Walk-ins also are possible for Wyandotte County residents.

People coming in for an appointment may be asked to show they live in Kansas, such as showing a driver’s license, a piece of mail addressed to them, or similar paperwork.

The Health Department also is adding late afternoon and early morning hours this week, and will have these special days for the next three or four weeks.

Early morning hours will be available at the former Best Buy vaccination site from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Thursday.

Later afternoon hours will be from noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the former Kmart location.

The Armory will continue with Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 24.

On Tuesday, April 20, all three Health Department vaccination sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To see more information about Health Department vaccinations, visit WycoVaccines.org.

Other sites available for vaccinations

The University of Kansas Health System also has vaccinations for Wyandotte and Johnson county residents. Any residents of Kansas can call to get an appointment whether they are patients or not at the health system.

KU Health System offers vaccinations seven days a week at different locations. Appointments are required. Current patients may use MyChart to make an appointment. Others may call 913-588-1227 or visit kansashealthsystem.com/vaccine to see if vaccines are available.

There are also pharmacies giving COVID-19 vaccinations in Wyandotte County by appointment, when available. These include Price Chopper and Hen House pharmacy at 76th and State Avenue, and 81st and State Avenue (see https://www.ballsfoodspharmacy.com/), and Medicine Shoppe pharmacy at 65th and Parallel by appointment when available (see https://www.facebook.com/The-Medicine-Shoppe-Kansas-City-281548241870522). CVS pharmacy also has announced that it will offer COVID-19 vaccines at one of its stores in Kansas City, Kansas. Registration is at CVS.com.

Case numbers reported

Wyandotte County reported an increase of four COVID-19 cases on Friday, April 16, for a cumulative 18,266 cases, according to the Unified Government Health Department’s COVID-19 webpage. There was a cumulative total of 289 deaths reported. The numbers have not been updated since Friday.

The Mid-America Regional Council’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 167,932 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Sunday. The daily average of new hospitalizations was 62. The number of cumulative deaths was 2,367.

The state of Kansas reported 305,861 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Friday, April 16, an increase of 541 cases since Wednesday. There were a total cumulative 4,953 deaths reported statewide. The numbers have not been updated since Friday.

The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard on Sunday night reported 31,669,880 cases in the United States, with 567,217 total deaths reported nationwide.

COVID-19 tests scheduled

Free COVID-19 testing is available from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, April 19, at the Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas. The tests are in conjunction with the Wyandotte County Health Equity Task Force. Appointments are not needed.

COVID-19 testing is scheduled beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, April 19, at Lowe’s, 6920 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The tests are through WellHealth and appointments are required to www.gogettested.com/kansas.

Unified Government Health Department COVID-19 free testing sites at the former Best Buy store, 10500 Parallel Parkway, and the Kansas National Guard Armory, 100 S. 20th (18th and Ridge), are scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 19. For more information on what buildings are open Monday, visit https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19. To see if there is any change to the schedule, visit https://www.facebook.com/UGHealthDept. Appointments are not needed.

Tests from the Health Department are free for those who live or work in Wyandotte County. They are saliva tests.

The tests are open to asymptomatic people as well as those who have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. Check with the UG Health Department’s Facebook page to see if there have been any changes in the schedule. Bring something that shows that you live or work in Wyandotte County, such as a utility bill.

The Health Department’s general contact page is at https://www.wycokck.org/Health/Contact.aspx. Their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/UGHealthDept.

Testing sites are at https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19.

Saliva testing is now offered at 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 University of Kansas Health System COVID-19 update page is at https://www.facebook.com/kuhospital/videos/292961702392386.

A weekly vaccine report for the state of Kansas is at
https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/DocumentCenter/View/123/Vaccine-Historical-Document-22521?bidId=.

Wyandotte County has a local mask and social distancing ordinance approved by the UG Commission. The UG COVID-19 webpage is at https://alpha.wycokck.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information.

The KDHE’s COVID-19 webpage is at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/.


The KC Region COVID-19 Hub dashboard is at https://marc2.org/covidhub/.


The Wyandotte County page on the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 website is at https://bao.arcgis.com/covid-19/jhu/county/20209.html.


The Johns Hopkins Data in Motion, a presentation on critical COVID-19 data in the past 24 hours, is at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/covid-19-daily-video.

Hit-and-run crash reported at I-70 and 18th

A hit-and-run collision was reported at 7:03 a.m. Sunday, April 18, at eastbound I-70 and 18th Street in Kansas City, Kansas, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s crash report.

A Mazda 3 passenger car was eastbound on I-70 when an unknown vehicle merged into its lane and struck the right rear of the Mazda, according to the trooper’s report.

The Mazda drove into the right ditch, the trooper’s report stated. The unknown vehicle fled the scene of the collision, the trooper’s report said.

A description of the unknown vehicle was not available in the crash report.

The driver of the Mazda, a 21-year-old resident of Parkville, Missouri, had a possible injury and was taken to the hospital, the trooper’s report stated.

Sporting KC opens with 2-1 comeback win

Gadi Kinda and Daniel Salloi scored in back-to-back minutes near the hour mark as Sporting Kansas City (1-0-0, 3 points) secured a 2-1 comeback victory over the New York Red Bulls (0-1-0, 0 points) in a Week 1 battle on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

After New York took a 1-0 lead three minutes into the second half through 17-year-old Caden Clark, Gadi Kinda converted a 59th-minute penalty kick and Salloi slotted home in the 60th minute to give Sporting its MLS-record 15th season-opening win and kick off the 2021 campaign on a high note.

With a triumph under their belts, Sporting will now return to Children’s Mercy Park for the club’s home opener on Friday against Orlando City SC at 6:30 p.m. The sold-out encounter will be shown nationally on FS1, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app.

Entering his 13th season at the helm, Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes assembled a matchday squad that featured nine homegrown players, an all-time record for the club.

With Tim Melia out injured, 19-year-old John Pulskamp became the youngest Sporting goalkeeper to play in an MLS match and the youngest MLS goalkeeper to win a game since 2010. Pulskamp was one of three Sporting debutants in the starting lineup, joining a pair of Frenchmen in center back Nicolas Isimat-Mirin and holding midfielder Remi Walter.

Both sides were kept at bay in a cagey first 45 minutes that produced zero combined shots on goal — the eighth such occurrence in Sporting history.

Kinda and 18-year-old Gianluca Busio — who was deployed as a center forward on Saturday — combined neatly on the edge of the box in the 12th minute only to see Red Bulls defender Andrew Gutman scramble clear.

Over 20 minutes later, New York’s Cristian Casseres Jr. galloped into the attacking third and unleashed a long-range effort that deflected marginally wide of Pulskamp’s right-hand post.

The inter-conference clash sprang to life after intermission, with the Red Bulls wasting little time landing the first punch. Kyle Duncan found a pocket of space to cross near the right corner flag, and although Isimat-Mirin won his defensive header at the far post, Clark was stationed near the penalty spot to smash an impressive volley past Pulskamp and into the top right corner to give New York a 1-0 advantage.

Sporting responded admirably to the setback as Walter did well to open himself up for a 20-yard shot that fizzed high and wide before Busio settled Kinda’s impudent pass into the box and forced Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel into his lone save of the evening.

The visitors restored parity shortly thereafter when Jaylin Lindsey’s attempted cross was blocked by Gutman’s outstretched arm inside the penalty area. Referee Robert Sibiga did not hesitate in pointing to the spot, and Kinda made no mistake by burying his spot kick straight down the middle for Sporting’s first goal of the 2021 campaign.

With momentum on their side, Sporting grabbed a match-winner just 62 seconds later on a breathtaking attack down the right flank.

Lindsey surged into the attacking half and spread the ball wide to Khiry Shelton, who whipped an inch-perfect cross past two New York defenders to Salloi, who was rewarded for his far-post run with a calm finish into the gaping net. The 24-year-old Salloi bagged his first goal since September 2019 on the play as Sporting scored in back-to-back minutes of a regular season fixture for only the sixth time ever and the first since 2007.

Having turned a one-goal deficit into a one-goal cushion, Sporting clamped down on the Red Bulls for the remainder of the match as the 2-1 score was preserved until Sibiga’s full-time whistle.

Captain Johnny Russell and striker Alan Pulido, two of the club’s leading scorers from last season, notably came off the bench in the 77th minute to help Vermes’ side close out a hard-earned three points in the team’s first regular season game in over five months.

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