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'Things are not OK in Jackson County'

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How bad is COVID-19 in the Kansas City area? The acting Jackson County health director explains why the county is warning the public about "unprecedented" transmission rates.

Last week, the Jackson County Health Department released a letter to the community about COVID-19, saying “the situation we are in is dire.” With many hospitals at capacity and school districts forced to close, the department asked people to get vaccinated and boosted, wear masks in public, socially distance when possible and stay home when sick. But this week, the Jackson County Legislature withdrew a proposal to require masks in all public schools.

Acting Jackson County health director Ray Dlugolecki joins the show to explain why the department issued its warning and how the continued trajectory of the omicron variant may affect critical infrastructure.

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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.