Delta variant cases increase in metro





Delta variant spreads easily





As the number of new COVID cases continues to surge in Wyandotte County, the Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) is getting creative in finding new ways to inspire residents to get their free COVID-19 vaccinations.


As of Monday, July 26, there are 107 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wyandotte County found to have been caused by the fast-spreading Delta variant. In fact, 100 percent of the COVID cases that have been sequenced since July 1st have been found to be caused by the Delta variant. Keep in mind that only a small percentage of all of the COVID-19 cases in the county are put through the sequencing process. So that means that overall, the vast majority of new COVID-19 cases in Wyandotte County are almost certainly due to the Delta variant.


Additionally, statistics show that the vast majority of new COVID-19 cases in Wyandotte County are occurring in unvaccinated people.


The majority of Wyandotte County residents still have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, and vaccination rates in the County continue to lag behind other counties in the Kansas City metro area. According to state and local public health experts, communities with low vaccination rates are at especially high risk with the presence of the Delta variant, because of how easily it spreads.


THE LATEST VACCINE INCENTIVES


To encourage Wyandotte County residents to get their free COVID-19 vaccinations, the UGPHD is offering “Spin to Win” instant prizes at its vaccination facility at the former Kmart store at 7836 State Avenue.


Now people ages 12 and older who get vaccinated at the Kmart facility can “Spin to Win” one of a variety of instant prizes, or they can be entered into a raffle to win one of two, $500 VISA gift cards given away each day. The “Spin to Win” and raffle prizes are available for Wyandotte County residents only. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to participate.


Instant “Spin to Win” prizes include:

• $50 VISA gift card • $25 VISA gift card

• $15 gift card to a local restaurant

• Custom T-shirt


INCENTIVES FOR COVID TESTING, TOO!


Those who live in Wyandotte County who come into a UGPHD site for a COVID-19 test can also receive a $25 VISA gift card (one gift per person, for the first 20 people tested each day). People coming in to get vaccinated can also be tested and receive the incentives available for both vaccinations and testing. The UGPHD offers saliva tests (these don’t require the nasal swab – it’s a “spit test”).


UGPHD VACCINE CLINIC HOURS

The UGPHD still provides vaccines and testing each week at its location at the former Kmart building, 7836 State Avenue:


• COVID-19 vaccination hours: Wednesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• COVID-19 testing hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


NOTE: The Armory vaccination site is now closed.


Anyone 12 and older who lives in Wyandotte County is eligible to get vaccinated and receive a gift. People of all ages who live in Wyandotte County are eligible to get tested and receive a gift. Minors should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


MOBILE VACCINATION EVENTS


In addition to the Kmart site, the UGPHD’s mobile vaccination team will provide vaccinations at several upcoming community locations and events. Find out more by visiting the UGPHD Facebook page at facebook.com/UGHealthDept.


Mobile vaccines can be requested at WycoVaccines.org or by calling 3-1-1 (913-573-5311) if outside of Wyandotte County).


Source UGPHD