Click here for coronavirus updates

COVID-19 sidelines University of Kansas Hospital workers as patient numbers rise

Coronavirus in Kansas

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — One of Kansas’ largest hospitals is straining to treat an influx of COVID-19 patients even as the surging virus sidelines hundreds of doctors and nurses.

Dr. Steve Stites, chief medical officer at University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas, says Monday that at the University of Kansas Hospital more than 500 employees, out of a staff of more than 13,000, are sick or awaiting test results.

The illnesses come as the hospital is treating 108 COVID-19 patients, up from 40 on Dec. 1.

He says vaccination would have prevented all but a handful of the COVID-19 patients from being hospitalized, freeing up beds for other patients.

Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Download the KSN News App and stay up-to-date wherever you are. You can even watch KSN News live for free!
Click here to get the app
Get it in the App store
Get it in the Google Play store

KSN Storm Track 3 Weather

Trending Stories