COVID-19 hospitalizations maintain upward tilt in Johnson County, worrying health experts

Local health officials continue to worry how the new Omicron variant is affecting Johnson County as COVID-19 cases rise. The most recent seven-day rolling average of new hospitalizations stood at 29 on Wednesday, nearing the peak of 35 hit in early January. Meanwhile, health officials continue to encourage eligible residents to get vaccinated. Image via JCDHE.

As the rate hospitalizations from COVID-19 keep rising in Johnson County and the Kansas City more broadly during this holiday season, local health officials continue to worry how the new Omicron variant is affecting the area.

As of Wednesday, data collected by the Mid-America Regional Council showed that the seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19 hospitalizations in Johnson County was 29, an increase of 5.7% from the previous week.