According to Dr. Kansas Secretary of Health Lee Norman will ship the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s first shipment of Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine this week.

Dr. Norman, who spoke about the University of Kansas healthcare system during the Tuesday morning press conference, said the state will receive more than 23,000 doses of the vaccine from Johnson and Johnson this week. When combined with the other two COVID-19 vaccines, about 145,000 doses of vaccine will be shipped in Kansas this week, compared to about 45,000 doses a week a few months ago, he said.

There will be no more Johnson and Johnson broadcasts until March 23rd.

Dr. Norman said he expected that with the third available vaccine, Kansas could move through the remaining stages of its vaccination schedule faster.

Dr. Kevin Ault, who is a member of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, said the FDA gave its approval for the emergency use of the vaccine late last week. The advisory committee then met on Sunday to make a clinical recommendation and vote for the vaccine.

Differences between the new vaccine and the other two are that Johnson and Johnson are a single-dose vaccine while the others are two-dose vaccines, he said. There were about 4 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, he said.

Effectiveness was measured a little differently, he said. Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine prevents serious illness, 85 percent effective against serious illnesses worldwide, and 72 percent effective against moderate to serious illness, he said.

There was protection from severe cases and death from the South African variant, he said.

Comparing the different vaccines is like comparing apples and oranges, he said. Dr. Ault said the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is a vector vaccine that is similar to many other vaccines used in medicine, and it doesn’t require quite as strict cold store recommendations.

If vaccine supplies increase towards the end of April, this could be the vaccine people get at their pharmacy and doctor’s office, said Dr. Ault.

Dr. Ault said he has no preferences for one vaccine over another. “The best vaccine is the one you can get,” he said.

The side effects of the new vaccine appear to be milder, but according to Dr. Also, there may be some mild side effects that are similar to the other vaccines.

Dr. Dana Hawkinson said there is now some data showing the vaccines reduce asymptomatic disease in people. He hopes that this will lead to an overall reduction in the disease and that this will be the way to return to normal. People should get a vaccine and he hopes it will reduce the spread.

Dr. Norman also reported that there were eight positive cases of the B-117 strain, also known as the British variant, last weekend in Sedgwick County, Wichita. It was all in a multi-generation family, he said.

The state is doing some sewage testing for the virus and is also doing genomic sequencing for variants, he said.

According to Dr. Norman, there are now 10 cases in Kansas identified from the B-117 variant and no cases from other strains. Earlier B-117 strains have been found in Ellis County and Sedgwick County.

Dr. Norman urged people to keep getting tested for COVID-19 as he fears the disease could plateau. Testing and then isolating positive people could help bring the numbers down further, he said. He said he feared people might lull themselves into complacency over COVID-19.

Dr. Steve Stites, chief medical officer at KU Health System, said COVID-19 is still out there. Regardless of whether people have been vaccinated or not, they still need to follow the rules of infection control as this will keep others safe.

People can return to Kauffman Stadium and other sporting events by following infection control rules, wearing their masks, social distancing and not going out when sick, he said.

COVID-19 case numbers reported

According to Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection prevention and control, the total number of active and recovering COVID-19 patients in the University of Kansas health system was 49 on Tuesday, an increase of one from Monday. There were 15 active COVID-19 patients in the hospital, a decrease from one from Monday. Four of these patients were in intensive care, a decrease from one from Monday. One of them was on a ventilator, a decrease from one since Monday. An additional 34 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 who were outside the acute phase, an increase of two since Monday.

Wyandotte County reported an increase of four COVID-19 cases for a total of 17,690 cases on Tuesday, March 2. A total of 270 deaths have been reported, an increase of one since Monday.

The Mid-America Regional Council’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 160,492 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The daily average of new hospital admissions was 96. The cumulative deaths in the nine-county region was 2,223. MARC also reported a delay in data review in one of the nine counties that affected data for cases, deaths, and tests, but not for hospitalizations.

The state of Kansas reported 294,302 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Monday March 1, up from 639 cases since Friday. According to the KDHE, there have been a total of 4,743 deaths, an increase of eight deaths since Friday.

The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard reported 28,717,588 cases in the US as of Tuesday evening, with 516,486 deaths nationwide.

COVID-19 tests are scheduled for Wednesday

Free COVID-19 testing is available on Wednesday, March 3rd, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Faith Deliverance Family Worship Center located at 3043 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. No appointment is required for this test. Tests are available regardless of symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. The tests are being conducted in collaboration with the Wyandotte County Health Equity Task Force. To see if the schedule changes, visit https://www.facebook.com/UGHealthDept.

The COVID-19 test site of the Pierson Community Center at 831 S. 55. is open on Wednesday, March 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The tests are carried out through WellHealth. Appointments are required. Please visit www.gogettested.com/Kansas for available dates.

The COVID-19 test and vaccination stations of the Unified Government are to be open on Wednesday. The Unified Government Health Department’s COVID-19 testing site in the former Kmart building on 78th and State will be open Wednesday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are required for COVID-19 tests on Wednesday . There is also another location for the UG Health Department for COVID-19 testing in the former Best Buy Store, 10500 Parallel Parkway. For more information, see https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19. To see if the schedule changes, visit https://www.facebook.com/UGHealthDept.

The health department is offering saliva COVID-19 tests to the public. Department of Health tests are free to those who live or work in Wyandotte County.

The tests are open to both asymptomatic people and people who have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. Check the UG Ministry of Health’s Facebook page for changes to the schedule. Bring something that shows that you live or work in Wyandotte County, such as: B. an electricity bill.

Walk-in vaccines available to people aged 85 and over

The UG Health Department offers COVID-19 vaccines to Wyandotte County residents who are over 65 years of age.

Wyandotte County residents 85 years or older can enter and do not require an appointment at the vaccination stations at 7836 State Ave. and in the 10500 Parallel Parkway. The locations are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

People aged 65 and over and critical workers need appointments for vaccines.

Everyone over 65 should bring ID or other proof of age, such as a driver’s license, government ID, or birth certificate, along with a reference to their Wyandotte County address, such as: B. an ID card or a post.
For more information about the vaccine and to fill out a form expressing interest in a vaccine, visit WycoVaccines.org or call 3-1-1.

You can find test pages at https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19.

Saliva tests are now offered in the UG Health Department. Further information can be found at https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/02042021-ugphd-saliva-testing-available.pdf.

The press conference of the KU doctors can be found at https://www.facebook.com/kuhospital/videos/187142076136053.

The University of Kansas Health System’s COVID-19 update page is located at https://www.kansashealthsystem.com/patient-visitor/covid19-update.

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

Cards and encouragement letters for KU health care providers can be sent to Share Joy, Patient Relationship Care, 4000 Cambridge St., Mailstop 1021, Kansas City, Kansas, 66160. Emails can be sent to ShareJoy@kumc.edu.

Wyandotte County has a mandatory mask and social distancing regime.

The UG COVID-19 website is located at https://alpha.wycokck.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information.

The KDHE’s COVID-19 website can be found at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/.

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

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

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