KC metro health leaders: Shutdowns inevitable if area does not act quickly – KSHB

KANSAS CITY, Mo.– As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to surge, health leaders of the “Core 4” towns in the Kansas City city provided a strong warning on Friday, saying that future shutdowns might be required if particular precautions are not taken.
According to health authorities, the Kansas City city has recently seen a “dramatic increase” in brand-new cases and a surge in the number of hospitalizations related to the infection, with current data showing the location is “once again losing the battle with COVID-19.”
” We are incredibly worried that hospitalizations will continue to intensify in the coming weeks and months, and that the unrestrained spread of COVID-19 will lead to increasing ventilator usage and deaths,” according to a letter from health authorities representing Kansas City, Missouri, and Jackson, Johnson and Wyandotte counties.
The variety of hospitalizations in the city is now at an all-time high, even when compared to March and April, and it has actually become more challenging to track the rate of hospitalizations due to the fact that of a brand-new federal health center reporting system that went live today, according to health officials.
” If we do not act quickly as a community and region, future shutdowns will be unavoidable,” the health authorities composed in the letter. “It may be necessary in the coming days to restrict the interactions of individuals in bars, restaurants, and other indoor shopping locations– particularly where masks can not be worn when consuming and eating.”
Restaurants and retail services need to continue providing curbside or outdoor services, aiming to parking lots and sidewalks when possible, according to the health leaders.
” The efforts we make in mask-wearing, social distancing, and restricting our overall interactions with others now, especially when inside your home, may assist us prevent further shutdowns,” the letter said. “We must all do what we can in the hope that tighter limitations will not be needed.”
The letter, released Friday, was signed by Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer; Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola; Wyandotte County Public Health Department Deputy Health Officer Dr. Erin Corriveau; Wyandotte County Public Health Department Health Officer Dr. Allen Greiner; Johnson County Public Health Department Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster; Jackson County Health Director Bridgette Shaffer; and Wyandotte County Public Health Department Director Juliann VanLiew.
Read the complete letter listed below: