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Making sense of new COVID rules

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Recently, the CDC recommended halving isolation periods for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Plus, Kansas City will be one of a handful of cities using new technology to count those experiencing homelessness.

The omicron strain of COVID-19 is surging in Kansas City and across the country. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shortened the amount of suggested time a person has to quarantine if they test positive for the virus. KCUR's Steve Kraske unpacks the new protocols with Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director for infection prevention and control at the The University of Kansas Health System.

Volunteers across the country fan out every January to count the number of people experiencing homelessness in their communities for what is called a point-in-time count, but the count is widely known to be inaccurate. As KCUR’ s Laura Ziegler reports, Kansas City is one of a few cities using new technology to change that.

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Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love with Trevor Grandin and edited by Gabe Rosenberg & Lisa Rodriguez.

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As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byron@kcur.org.