Johnson County COVID-19 hospitalizations keep climbing, and officials say that’s still due to Delta, not Omicron

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise in Johnson County, including at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, above. The first confirmed Omicron case was verified Wednesday, but local hospital leaders say the Delta variant remains the major strain causing hospitalizations in the area. File photo.

Local hospitalization trends in Johnson County and the Kansas City metro continue to show a troubling upward trajectory heading into the second Christmas holiday being celebrated under a pandemic cloud.

The University of Kansas Health System said Wednesday that its number of COVID-19 patients continues to rise, topping 80, with all but two patients in its wards unvaccinated.