COVID-19


Coping with COVID: Local health officials urge patience from those waiting to receive vaccine

Area residents eager to receive a COVID-19 vaccination will have to wait a bit longer, according to regional health directors. In a joint statement issued Thursday, directors said high demand, low supply and continued priority for health workers means vaccine… more

Coping with COVID: Metro doctors optimistic after holidays fail to produce surge in new cases

A Tuesday morning media briefing with local officials and doctors from The University of Kansas Health System gave reports of a optimistic trend in the metro, noting there has been no huge surge in admitted COVID-19 patients in the more… more

Metro hospital ready to begin vaccinating teachers

Plans are in motion to start vaccinating Missouri teachers. One hospital is ready to go once the state gives the OK. "What we're excited about is the ability to immunize large groups of people very quickly," said Charlie Shields, president… more

Virtual learning, new Missouri law pave path for fewer snow days with remote learning

Many local school districts have ways to work around snow days now with remote learning. In Missouri, a law that went into effect at the start of the 2020-2021 school year allows schools to have students work remotely rather than… more

Biden $1,400 stimulus package likely to see February approval

President-elect Joe Biden announced his coronavirus relief package last week which includes $1,400 stimulus checks for eligible U.S. residents. This week, the country will move one step closer to seeing that proposal become an action plan as Biden and two… more

Kansas Senate votes to approve SOE, opt-out law extension

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Coping with COVID: Missouri proceeds with second tier of Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccine shots on Monday

As Tier 1 of Missouri’s Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccination plan came to a close over the weekend, the state announced the start of Tier 2 on Monday, Jan. 18. Phase 1B, Tier 2 focuses on high-risk individuals, vaccination aimed at… more

KCMO to face another expected deficit this fiscal year of $50M

Financial constraints on the City of Kansas City, Mo. caused by COVID-19 will not be going away soon. In a Thursday press conference, the city reported they anticipate a $50-million deficit during the current fiscal year. "It's very difficult to… more

Coping with COVID: Missouri enters Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations, to run through weekend 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced the activation of Phase 1B - Tier 1 of the state's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan on Thursday. Federal partners informed the state they plan to significantly increase vaccine supply next week. Individuals 65 and older and… more

Coping with COVID: Kan., Mo. below average in states administering first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

A national map tracking shares of the U.S. population that have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine reveals the Midwest is mixed when it comes to individual states’ progress. One map from Fortune shows that on a… more