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Daily update of the University of Kansas Health System

Doctors at the University of Kansas Health System are treating 14 patients with acute COVID-19 infections as of Thursday and another 30 while the virus is recovering. Some stay in intensive care and one patient stays on a ventilator.

The doctors were joined by Dr. Terry Rosell, the director of the Ethics Advisory Service; and John Carney, President and CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics. They discussed the ethical distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccine balance sheet.

All doctors and guests agreed that it is currently too difficult to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Mapping of mass vaccination events in Missouri

41 Action News mapped Missouri’s mass vaccination sites in terms of how far one would have to drive from the nearest major city. The maps showed that many vaccination sites are not accessible to anyone without transportation or time for a long drive.

The JCCC respiratory therapy program is helping to meet local demand

Johnson County Community College’s respiratory therapy program is helping meet demand for therapists as COVID-19 increases demand for people who need to operate ventilators and help patients recover.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson praises the lack of a mask mandate as COVID-19 cases decline

As cases decline across the country, some states are dropping COVID-19 mask mandates. On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson pointed out that Missouri’s cases are also falling, but he has never instituted a nationwide mask mandate.

The data shows that more than 56,000 Missourians are overdue for the 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The data shows that 6.5% of Missouri residents who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are overdue for the second dose. Data also shows that many of the overdue people live in postcodes with high poverty rates. The organizers point out that targeted vaccination clinics are vital for this reason.

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