KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The number of COVID-19 cases is starting to rise again in the Kansas City subway, and health experts warn the actual number of cases is likely to be higher than current rates.
They point out that testing is lower over Thanksgiving weekend as well as results reported during the holiday period have a lag.
Doctors at University of Kansas Health System reported a total of 41 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning. They said the number of COVID patients has not been this high since October 20, before mask regulations began to expire.
“Not the kind of numbers we’d like to see, but we shouldn’t be surprised by it,” Steve Stites, chief medical officer at KU Health System, said in an update Tuesday. “We’ve been tracking the virus’ march through Western Kansas on a heat map. We know it’s going in this direction. I think we are all concerned.”
Previously, Stites and other doctors said they expected the number of cases to soar after tracking what happened in western states, which decided to waive mask-wearing regulations without warning. high number of people vaccinated.
Hospitals on the metro line are also seeing a similar increase in COVID-19 patients. According to a COVID-19 Dashboard maintained by the Central American Regional Council, had 75 people hospitalized as of November 21, out of a total of seven major city counties. Now MARC reports 106 people hospitalized as of Nov.
Health experts warn that higher numbers may not tell an accurate story at this point. They expect even higher numbers with people gathering in larger-than-usual groups for Thanksgiving.
“The challenge is that the lack of reporting during the holidays makes it very difficult to know what the numbers are. Hospitalizations, those are the real numbers. That number has grown to 27, I think the herald is probably another wave that we have to think about,” Stites said.
They said that there have been no reported cases so far of the new COVID variant, omicron.
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