Johnson County and KC area COVID-19 hospitalizations spike, leading to predictions of grim winter

Leaders of the Kansas City area's largest hospital systems participated in a Friday morning video conference hosted by the University of Kansas Health System. Nearly all who spoke said they were experiencing rapidly increasing rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Chief medical officers across the Kansas City metro are predicting a grim winter ahead, as COVID-19 cases spike once again and the highly contagious Omicron variant arrives in the region.

Hospital leaders held a dire video conference online Friday morning warning that those who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, in particular, are most in danger, calling this winter a potential “death march of the unvaccinated”.