COVID-19 cases top 10,000 in Wyandotte County

COVID-19 cases topped 10,000 in Wyandotte County on Saturday, increasing by 141 from Friday to Saturday, according to the Unified Government COVID-19 webpage.

There was no increase in deaths reported, remaining at 177.

In the nine-county Greater Kansas City area, there was a cumulative total of 80,112 cases on Saturday, with 1,020 cumulative deaths, according to the MARC Kansas City Region COVID-19 resource hub. There was a seven-day average of 6 deaths per day, an increase of 2.4 per day since last week.

There were an average of 753 COVID-19 patients in the hospital per day, an average of 185 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit per day and an average of 96 daily on ventilators. The average daily new hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients was 174.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center Dashboard reported 12,089,440 COVID-19 cases in the United States on Saturday, with 255,899 deaths.

Wyandotte County is currently under a mask order and a social distancing order. Also, on Friday, new limitations went into effect limiting gatherings to 10 persons, and a closing time of 10 p.m. for restaurants and bars. For more information on the new health order, see https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/11162020localhealthorderexecuted.pdf.

Flu shots encouraged

This week, the Food and Drug Administration reminded people on the front lines of growing, processing, preparing, selling and delivering food to get their flu shot.

The flu vaccine will protect people by reducing their risk of flu illness and hospitalization, and may reduce the stress on hospitals, conserving resources for others with medical needs.

The best time to get a flu shot is now before the flu begins spreading in your community, according to the FDA. It takes about two weeks after getting a vaccine for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection.

The same factors that contribute to workplace and community spread of COVID-19 — including prolonged close contact with coworkers, congregate housing, shared transportation, and frequent community contact among workers — likely contribute to the spread of the flu.

When an essential worker gets a flu shot, they protect themselves, their families, co-workers, and their communities. Healthy workers help to ensure the availability of a safe and nutritious food supply.

To learn more about how and where to get a flu shot, contact your employer, the Unified Government Health Department or visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/.

Information about local flu shots is available at https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/flu_shots.

For more information about the testing site at the former Kmart location, visit https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/10092020_newtestingsitewyco.pdf.

The new Wyandotte County health order with a limit of 10 persons to a gathering, and a closing time of 10 p.m. for restaurants and bars, with other new restrictions, is at https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/11162020localhealthorderexecuted.pdf.

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 CDC’s COVID-19 webpage is at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

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