How Contact Tracing Helps Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Contact tracing is one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Wyandotte County. What exactly is it? Victor Aguilar, a COVID-19 Investigator with the Unified Government Public Health Department, explains his job and why it’s so important to help a COVID-19 Investigator if they call. How does Contact […]

How to manage anxiety during the pandemic

Commentary by Tere Siqueira It is natural to fear the unknown. Unfortunately, the unknown is part of daily life during the coronavirus pandemic. Unknown or not-easily-understood dangers or circumstances can increase a person’s anxiety levels. Here are some tips to help you to deal with the anxiety of these uncertain times: *Focus on the present: […]

Suicide awareness, prevention are timely topics

By Angie Baldelomar This is a fitting time for Americans to focus on suicide awareness and prevention. For one thing, September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. For another, the current COVID-19 climate is triggering stress and other mental health problems, including suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harming. When focusing on suicide awareness, it is […]

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 In the Latino Community!

Working together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19 in our Latino community and protect our family and friends. The best way for you to help is to get tested, so you know whether or not you have it. If you do, there are resources to help you take steps to prevent spreading it to […]

More Latinx Need to be Tested for COVID-19

Understanding who should get tested for COVID-19 and where to get tested is important to helping stop the spread of the virus in the Latinx community. The best way for you to protect your family and friends from exposure to COVID-19 is to get tested, so you know whether or not you have it. If […]

WyCo health experts hold virtual town hall

By Tere Siqueira On Tuesday (Sept. 1), Wyandotte County public health experts held a virtual town hall, examining the right measures to take regarding the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and its effects on businesses. An epidemiologist and a deputy health officer offered a step-by-step process of what to do if businesses are experiencing a COVID case […]

Pandemic possibly causing decrease in children’s immunizations

By Roberta Pardo Doctors nationwide worry that children have missed getting their immunizations because of the pandemic and that the decrease will lead to outbreaks of preventable diseases like the highly contagious measles. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cautioned recently that the pandemic, coupled with flu season, […]

FDA announces authorization for convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19

By Chara On Sunday (Aug. 23), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an authorization to treat the coronavirus (COVID-19) with convalescent plasma. The FDA defines and discusses the potential impact of “convalescent plasma” on its website. “Convalescent plasma from patients who have already recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 … may contain antibodies against […]

Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19 and Why? 

In Wyandotte County, rates of COVID-19 are higher among Hispanic and Latino residents compared to many other ethnic groups. Getting tested can help stop the spread of this disease in our communities. Some other reasons to consider getting tested include: Why get tested for COVID-19? Getting tested and taking other COVID-19 safety steps will help […]

Chavez-Bueno, Olarte explore why more Latinos are getting COVID-19

By Angie Baldelomar Official statistics show that Latinos are hospitalized and dying from the coronavirus (COVID-19) at four times the rates of whites — which has become a growing concern among medical experts, according to two doctors at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the inequalities among the different populations […]