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05-Aug-2021 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

August 5, 2021

Will This Be a Super Spreader Event

“KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Legendary country music singer Garth Brooks is starting to re-think some of the shows for his upcoming stadium tour after a new surge in COVID-19 cases in parts of the country. But, fear not if you have tickets to the Kansas City show this coming weekend. Brooks said the Arrowhead Stadium date is still happening. The concert is sold out, and expected to draw around 70,000 people. Because Arrowhead is an outdoor stadium, masks are not required under the city's latest public health order.” KMBC News


Animals Vaccinated; People Not

“Kansas City Zoo to vaccinate animals against COVID-19.” However people visiting the zoo do not need to be vaccinated… Fox News


Missouri Undercounts COVID Deaths

“Missouri coroner admits to omitting COVID-19 as cause of death. The state of Missouri does not count "probable" COVID-19 deaths, or deaths of people who do not have positive COVID-19 PCR tests, according to the Star. Missouri have counted fewer COVID-19 deaths in comparison to local health departments because they do not count probable virus-related deaths.” Fox News


Human to Animal Back to Human

“Waste water study reveals changes to delta COVID-19 variant in Missouri
Researchers also say virus is not limited to infecting only humans. ‘It seems that there is some other host that it is rats, dogs, something.’” KY3 News

“Since making the leap to people, the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has wrought havoc on human populations. Now the virus appears to be surging among some wild animals as well. A new US government study of white-tailed deer reported that many had been infected, raising the potential that even if the virus is eventually controlled or even eradicated in humans, another common animal could provide it a reservoir and spawn future outbreaks.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


UNITED STATES Data (8/5/2021)
NEW CASES: 92,714

Local Mask Ordinances or Lack Of

"According to the national health agency's data, the list of states with the most COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents are (in descending order) Alabama, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana. The state of Missouri has a positivity rate of 10.5% and a vaccination rate of 41.97%.

Meanwhile - most parts of the Greater KC, Mo metro had boards that made decisions tonight that mean their residents will have to mask up when going out. However, one county is not among them. That county's COVID positivity rate is a high 19.85% (almost twice the state's level) and their vaccination rate is a low 31%." Things do not look good for the county's near future." Newsweek


Losing COVID Battle

Local doctors from 11 hospitals warn Kansas City losing fight against COVID-19, variants.

Leaders from Liberty Hospital, Kansas City VA Medical Center, KU Health System, Advent Health Shawnee Mission, Saint Luke’s Health System, Olathe Health System, HCA Midwest Health System, Truman Medical Centers/University Health, North Kansas City Hospital and Children’s Mercy Hospital participated.


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Neil Marcus06-Aug-2021 18:12
This is creepy/ Great. All looking at the unmasked human.(Planet of the Apes) Big vote for originality.
Tom Munson06-Aug-2021 15:57
Sweet capture. Think I'd skip the concert.
Nick Paoni06-Aug-2021 15:54
This is adorable.
Carl Carbone06-Aug-2021 13:29
How is it that half of the people have trouble understanding the gravity of this situation? (Rhetorical question.)
Helen Betts06-Aug-2021 03:50
Distressing news all around.
joseantonio06-Aug-2021 03:26
Amazing to see how it has changed our world.V.