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Kansas City doctors warn of growing COVID hospitalizations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased steadily since November, although this is still well below the peak seen earlier in the year. It’s reached a point of concern for Kansas City area doctors, especially with another vacation coming up.

“I know people are getting sick and tired of this, but every time we relax some regulations or let our guard down, we get one more of these thorns,” the doctor said. Researcher Marc Larsen of St. Luke said.

Larsen said the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations of St. Luke doubled in a month.

“And most are unvaccinated,” he said.

On November 1, 37 patients tested positive for COVID-19 at St. Luke. On Monday, there were 118 patients.

Over the weekend, the University of Kansas Health System had four deaths from COVID-19.

“It’s hard to explain unless you see patients when they’re struggling,” says Larsen, “you’ve seen fear when they can’t breathe.”

In Johnson County, Kansas, officials say the COVID-19 positive rate is about four times higher than we were a few weeks ago.

“We encourage everyone to get their booster shot,” said Johnson County Health Officer Dr. Sanmi Areola.

This week, the Johnson County health department start booster shots for 16- and 17-year-olds. Missouri passed similar rules for its health departments on Monday.

Science shows that boosters increase antibody levels, says Larsen.

“So just having a two-scene series right now is great,” says Larsen, “but if it’s been more than six months since your last shoot, it’s important that you have a boost. that strength so that you are fully protected.”

Areola also recommends wearing a mask and staying away while indoors.

“It looks like omicrons could be more infectious, and that’s a scary thing for us because we’ve basically stripped all of our protections,” Areola said.

Doctors also said the number of flu cases increased significantly compared to last year. If you haven’t had a flu shot and can afford it, they encourage you to make an appointment now.

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