Chilly climate and icy roads have delayed the cargo of vaccines this week, however Dr. Lee Norman, Kansas secretary of well being, remains to be anticipating 90,000 doses to reach.
Will probably be double the quantity of final week’s allotment, he mentioned at a information convention Tuesday morning on the College of Kansas Well being System.
Dr. Norman mentioned no vaccines are sitting on cabinets, and they’re being despatched out for distribution as quick as they’re introduced in.
There have been some delays within the cargo of vaccine immediately from the federal authorities to vaccination websites, however that’s only a very temporary pace bump within the highway, he mentioned. These vaccines, which don’t undergo the state company, will solely be just a few days delayed, he mentioned. Two federally licensed businesses in Kansas have been permitted to obtain vaccine, he mentioned.
Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of an infection prevention and management at KU Well being System, mentioned he believes that delaying the second vaccine dose a short time in these circumstances is OK, and the vaccine will nonetheless have a boosting impact.
The present vaccines are anticipated to present folks immunity for six to 9 months. In response to a query, Dr. Hawkinson mentioned though vaccine antibodies could decline after three or six months, that isn’t your complete image. There are additionally B cell and T cell responses which can be extraordinarily necessary, he mentioned. Sure cells are in a position to create antibodies if persons are contaminated once more with coronavirus, he mentioned.
Dr. Hawkinson mentioned extra vaccine ought to be out there if the FDA grants emergency use authorization to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
When requested concerning the counties getting their justifiable share of vaccine, Dr. Norman mentioned the state is spreading the vaccine on a per capita foundation. Just a few counties are getting just a little extra based mostly on a CDC vulnerability index, that features elements corresponding to poverty and transportation. It’s a very minor quantity that’s given for the vulnerability index, he added.
The KDHE works with counties, Dr. Norman mentioned, and generally a county will ask for half of its vaccination quantity this week in an effort to ask for extra in a later week when they’re planning a significant clinic.
Johnson and Sedgwick counties, which have the best populations, have obtained the best allocations of vaccine, he mentioned.
Medical doctors on the information convention agreed that the issues have been solely with provides, not distribution.
Dr. Norman mentioned it appeared from federal web sites that Kansas was not distributing its vaccines, however he mentioned the state offers the vaccines to counties to distribute as quickly because it receives it. The state has adopted up with counties the place the numbers weren’t being reported, and came upon that there have been issues within the software program reporting the numbers, in keeping with Dr. Norman. Due to some technical information interface issues, the numbers that have been being reported by counties weren’t exhibiting up within the experiences, Dr. Norman mentioned. They’re engaged on an answer to that drawback, he mentioned.
He additionally was requested by a resident in Osage County why she was being charged $30 to get her COVID-19 vaccine that she thought was free. Dr. Norman mentioned the vaccine is free however the clinic can cost an administrative payment. He mentioned the payment ought to be paid by insurance coverage and that there shouldn’t be any out-of-pocket expense.
Dr. Norman additionally mentioned the variety of new COVID-19 instances within the state is down dramatically. It’s now about 450 a day, in contrast with 2,000 a day not way back.
Additionally, he mentioned the COVID-19 UK variant may turn out to be the dominant pressure in america as it’s extra infectious. A second case of it just lately was discovered within the Wichita space. Folks mustn’t let their guard down, and getting examined is necessary, he mentioned.
COVID-19 case numbers reported
The full variety of COVID-19 lively and recovering COVID-19 sufferers on the College of Kansas Well being System was 70 on Tuesday, a rise of two since Monday, in keeping with Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of an infection prevention and management. There have been 29 lively COVID-19 sufferers within the hospital, a lower of three from Monday. 9 of these sufferers have been within the intensive care unit, a lower of 1 since Monday, with three on ventilators, a lower of two since Monday. There have been one other 42 sufferers hospitalized due to COVID-19 who have been out of the acute section, a rise of six since Monday.
Wyandotte County reported a rise of 15 COVID-19 instances on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in keeping with the Unified Authorities’s COVID-19 webpage. There have been a cumulative 17,388 instances. There was a cumulative complete of 247 deaths, the identical as Monday.
The Mid-America Regional Council’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 153,756 cumulative COVID-19 instances on Tuesday. The every day common of latest hospitalizations was 98.
The state of Kansas reported 287,450 COVID-19 instances statewide on Monday, a rise of 1,348 instances since Friday, in keeping with the Kansas Division of Well being and Setting. There have been an extra 42 deaths reported, with a cumulative complete of 4,406.
The Johns Hopkins College COVID-19 dashboard on Tuesday evening reported 27,753,823 instances in america, with 487,927 complete deaths nationwide.
COVID-19 exams scheduled Wednesday
Unified Authorities COVID-19 testing and vaccine websites are scheduled to be open on Wednesday. Different UG Well being Division in-person providers might be closed Wednesday.
The Unified Authorities Well being Division’s COVID-19 check website on the former Kmart constructing at 78th and State might be open Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to three p.m. Appointments will not be wanted for COVID-19 exams there on Wednesday. To see if there may be any change to the schedule, go to https://www.facebook.com/UGHealthDept.
The Well being Division is providing saliva COVID-19 exams to the general public.
Exams from the Well being Division are free for individuals who reside or work in Wyandotte County.
The exams are open to asymptomatic folks in addition to those that have signs or have been uncovered to COVID-19. Examine with the UG Well being Division’s Fb web page to see if there have been any adjustments within the schedule. Deliver one thing that reveals that you simply reside or work in Wyandotte County, corresponding to a utility invoice.
The Pierson Neighborhood Heart testing website is scheduled to be closed Feb. 16-18, in keeping with the www.gogettested.com/Kansas website.
Wyandotte County residents who’re all for getting a COVID-19 vaccine could fill out a survey type on the UG Well being Division at https://us.openforms.com/Form/2f2bcc68-3b6a-450b-9007-d39819db6572. Residents might be contacted to make an appointment when vaccine turns into out there. The Well being Division presently is vaccinating high-contact vital staff, in addition to residents over 85.
Saliva testing is now supplied on the UG Well being Division. For extra data, go to https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/02042021-ugphd-saliva-testing-available.pdf.
The KU docs’ information convention is on-line at https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=3709602189136767&ref=watch_permalink.
The College of Kansas Well being System COVID-19 replace web page is at https://www.kansashealthsystem.com/patient-visitor/covid19-update.
For extra details about how Wyandotte County residents over 85 can get a vaccine on the Well being Division website, go to https://alpha.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/health/documents/covid/02032021_wycovaccinationsage85.pdf.
Vaccine information for the state of Kansas is at https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/158/Data.
Playing cards and letters of encouragement for caregivers at KU Well being System could also be despatched to Share Pleasure, care of Affected person Relations, 4000 Cambridge St., Mailstop 1021, Kansas Metropolis, Kansas, 66160. Emails may be despatched to ShareJoy@kumc.edu.
Wyandotte County is below a compulsory masks and social distancing order.
The UG COVID-19 webpage is at https://alpha.wycokck.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information.
The KDHE’s COVID-19 webpage is at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/.
The KC Area COVID-19 Hub dashboard is at https://marc2.org/covidhub/.
The Wyandotte County web page on the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 web site is at https://bao.arcgis.com/covid-19/jhu/county/20209.html.
The Johns Hopkins Information in Movement, a presentation on vital COVID-19 information prior to now 24 hours, is at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/covid-19-daily-video.