Shawnee County Health Department briefing, county reporting ‘uncontrolled’ spread


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Shawnee County Health Department held a virtual media conference Thursday, telling residents the county is back to “uncontrolled” status.

Officials reported the St. Francis staff has nearly 60% of its staff vaccinated. The remaining staff will be vaccinated with Moderna vaccine next week. The staff is seeing a slight increase in mild side effects to the 2nd dose. While the number of COVID patients is down slightly, the numbers are fluctuating between 85 and 100% capacity in ICU.

Stormont Vail is seeing a plateau of COVID patients. ICU beds are at 98% capacity.

Total Covid-19 vaccines to staff was just under 500 as of Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Stormont Vail expects to vaccinate another 1,000 staff today.

Officials reported they have not seen any positive flu tests or had anyone hospitalized for the flu yet, which is rare. They attribute the absence of flu cases to all the COVID precautions in place.

“Vaccinating a large-scale of people takes adequate facilities for social distancing, large areas to monitor people after, enough staff to vaccinate and monitor, waiting for doses to be available from KDHE, documentation,” Dr. Cooley said.

Officials said the numbers continue to be “uncontrolled.”

Hospital occupancy rates remains uncontrolled at 93.8%.

The 373 active clusters in the state of Kansas resulted in 15,493 cases, 531 hospitalizations and 594 deaths.

Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla pleaded with residents to continue to socially distance, wear a mask and wash your hands after numbers of positive cases continues to rise.

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