Friday Media Briefing on COVID-19

Friday Media Briefing on COVID-19

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Kansas City, Kan- After days of steady declines, a slight increase today in the number of COVID-19 patients at The University of Kansas Health System. 15 people with the active virus are being treated, up from 14 yesterday. Of those patients, three are in the ICU, same as yesterday. One of those ICU patients is on a ventilator today, same as yesterday. 31 other patients are still hospitalized because of COVID-19 but are out of the acute infection phase, up from 30 yesterday. That’s a total of 46 patients, up from 44 yesterday. In addition, HaysMed has a total of 10 COVID-19 inpatients, same as yesterday, with three of those active patients and seven in the recovery phase.
On today’s Morning Media Update, Amanda Cackler, director of Quality and Safety at The University of Kansas Health System joined Dana Hawkinson, MD, medical director of Infection Prevention and Control and Steve Stites, chief medical officer, to answer media and community questions.


Before answering questions, the panel noted there has not been an inpatient death in the health system from COVID-19 since February 20. For a time, they were seeing several each day. They also mentioned there has not been a single influenza or RSV positive test in the health system, both inpatient and outpatient. They credit the same infection prevention measures that have helped bring the COVID-19 rate down and suggest those behaviors continue.