COVID-19 Highlights for the Week of 9/3/21

COVID-19 Highlights for the Week of 9/3/21:

What’s Happening?

  • 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.
    • While we have seen a slight decrease in positive cases in pediatrics this past week, we are cautiously optimistic until we see what happens with the recent opening of schools.
  • Monoclonal Antibody Treatments are highly effective in preventing hospitalizations by up to 70%.

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.
  • Protect yourself, loved ones, and your community — get vaccinated, wear a mask, and avoid crowds.
  • 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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Kansas City, MO 64105
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