COVID-19 Highlights for the Week of 9/20

COVID-19 Highlights for the Week of 9/20/21:

What’s Happening? 

  • The 7-day rolling average of new hospital admissions for patients with COVID is down to 106 from a peak of 167 in mid-August. 
  • The biggest limiting factor in the entire healthcare system continues to be unfilled staff positions. 
  • ICU bed use by patients with COVID-19 remains very high, with a majority being unvaccinated patients. 
  • Pediatric infections and hospitalizations have been at higher rates than we have ever seen. 
  • Monoclonal Antibody Treatments continue to be available in the region and state supported sites have been extended for 30 more days. 

What Can I Expect? 

  • Longer wait times for both routine and emergent care at hospitals. 
  • While monoclonal antibody treatment is not a substitute for vaccination; it is proving effective in reducing hospitalizations for COVID positive individuals. This treatment is available at a number of sites across the region.  

What Can I Do? 

  • Use an Urgent Care Facility as an alternative to Emergency Rooms when appropriate. Do not use ERs for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. Visit PrepareMetroKC to see testing locations near you. 
  • Protect yourself, loved ones, and your community — get vaccinated, wear a mask, avoid crowds, and stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Talk with your doctor about approved treatments if needed; treatment may include Monoclonal Antibody Infusion
  • Be a workforce vaccination leader — see COVID Stops Here 

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