Keep following COVID-19 guidelines during reopening phase




Commentary by Chara After being shut down for several weeks, businesses are reopening. But that does not mean everything is back to normal. Unfortunately, though, many people think it does mean everything is normal again. A Memorial Day weekend event reflects that attitude. At the Lake of the Ozarks, there was a pool party. It […]

CHW providing support during pandemic




Cultural differences can create feelings of distrust between patients and health care providers. The Community Health Council (CHC) in Wyandotte County, Kansas, is working to reduce those barriers, particularly among Spanish-speaking residents, through its community health workers (CHWs). The CHW program is available in Spanish. CHWs will not question a client’s immigration status. During the […]

JoCo offers free COVID-19 testing to residents with symptoms




By Roberta Pardo The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is offering free appointment-based COVID-19 tests to Johnson County residents over the age of 18 that have symptoms of the novel coronavirus. “Finding out who has COVID-19 in the community is important to containing the virus and reducing the spread,” Dr. Sanmi Areola, […]

Cases suggest Kawasaki disease might be linked to COVID-19




By Chara Over the past few weeks, several states have reported a rising number of cases of a syndrome that might be linked to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Known as Kawasaki disease or Kawasaki syndrome, the disease is “an acute febrile illness of unknown etiology that primarily affects children younger than 5 years of age,” according […]

Mexican health professionals lacking in protective equipment during pandemic




• Sandra Duran                                              • Barbara Ortiz By Tere Siqueira The Mexican health care system was unprepared for the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, many health care professionals have reported that government resources have not been enough to make them feel properly protected. Doctors Sandra Duran and Barbara Ortiz are among them. Recently, […]

TMC organizes free, mobile COVID-19 testing sites




  By Angie Baldelomar Truman Medical Centers (TMC) has organized mobile testing sites for COVID-19 to make testing more available to Kansas City area residents. RN Raquel Garcia, community health education director, and her team have worked to bring the testing sites to areas where there have been large numbers of positive COVID-19 cases reported. […]

Doctor shares insights about coronavirus




Interview by Tere Siqueira A Kansas City area Latino is among the health professionals helping to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Manuel Solano, M.D., who graduated from medical school and did his residency in psychiatry in Colombia, is program director for the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County (Kansas). His other posts have included serving […]

Teachers struggle during COVID-19 pandemia




By Chara Teachers are considered our guides while we grow up and help us through different stages. They teach us new things, understand us and provide guidance. As many other members of the society, teachers are also struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemia and they are trying to find ways to help all their students. […]

Some meat processing plants closing due to coronavirus




By Roberta Pardo Concerns about the U.S. food chain supply made headlines this week, as more meat processing and packaging plants are closing temporarily due to coronavirus outbreaks. Some of the country’s largest processing plants and slaughterhouses have been forced to suspend operations temporarily after thousands of employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Pork processing […]