COVID-19 highlights for the week of 3/17/22:
- Cases continue to decrease throughout most of the United States, including the Kansas City Region. However, global COVID cases have started to increase after more than a month of decline.
- New hospital admissions of patients with COVID-19 continue to decrease but remain elevated in the Kansas City region.
- We will feel the impacts of sustained pressure on the health care system (particularly those related to staff shortages) for a long time.
What Can I Expect?
- Improved wait times for emergency services and better availability of local hospital beds.
- Many hospitals are beginning to reschedule patient procedures that were previously delayed. This means you may be contacted to reschedule your postponed procedure or appointment.
What Can I Do?
- If you believe you have COVID-19, seek testing and treatment. Therapeutics are available throughout the region.
- Remember that the virus is still here in the community – stay up to date on vaccinations and boosters.
- Understand your risk level and practice mitigation measures accordingly.
- Schedule any missed routine health maintenance appointments and seek ways to improve your overall health: regular immunizations, diet, exercise, stress management, and eliminating or limiting unhealthy behaviors like smoking and alcohol consumption.