Donnelly College nursing students to help give vaccines on Saturdays at Armory

Donnelly College nursing students will help give free COVID-19 vaccinations on Saturdays during May and June at the Kansas National Guard Armory, 100 S. 20th, (18th and Ridge), Kansas City, Kansas.

The Armory vaccination clinic, run by the Unified Government Health Department, will be open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1.

Saturday vaccinations at the Armory are open to people age 18 and older, regardless of where they live or work. Vaccines are provided for free, and health insurance is not required to get vaccinated.

Anyone wishing to be vaccinated can simply walk in and no appointment is needed.

The continued Saturday vaccine clinics are possible because of a partnership between the UG Health Department and Donnelly College, according to a spokesman.

The Saturday hours will be staffed by Donnelly College’s School of Nursing, with planning and logistical support provided by the Health Department. The Health Department’s East vaccination site at the Armory was selected because of the capacity at the site to vaccinate a large number of people and to keep the location consistent with the Saturday clinics in April.

“We know it is hard for people to get away from work or other obligations during the week, so it’s important to keep offering weekend vaccination options,” said Juliann Van Liew, director of the Health Department. “We are incredibly grateful to Donnelly for making it possible to keep Saturday COVID-19 vaccinations going at the Armory in May and June. Our hope is that offering expanded vaccine hours, as well as other supports like free transportation options to and from our vaccine sites, will make vaccines more accessible in our community.”

“We are doing this because we want to help our community become safer against COVID,” said Patricia Palmietto, director of nursing at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas. “This also provides a great example for our nursing students on how to help in community settings and how important the smallest things can be.”

Patients being vaccinated for the first time on Saturdays will receive the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which means no need to return for another dose. People who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Saturday, April 17 or 24, will be able to return to the Armory during the Saturday clinics on May 15 and May 22 to get their second dose of Moderna. Both of these vaccines are only approved for people ages 18 and older.

Request a ride to and from a vaccination site

People who live in Wyandotte County can request transportation assistance to get their COVID-19 vaccination. They can submit a request online at or by calling 3-1-1.

Tips for getting your vaccine

When it’s time for you to get your COVID-19 vaccine, keep these tips in mind:
• Please eat something (even a snack) before getting your vaccination.
• Be prepared to wait in the recovery area for 15-30 minutes after your vaccination
• Wear a short-sleeved or sleeveless shirt so you can be vaccinated more easily (if it’s chilly out, wear a sweater or jacket over your short-sleeved shirt).

COVID-19 cases starting to rise in area

At the Friday morning University of Kansas Health System news conference, doctors noted that there has been an increase recently in the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in the metropolitan Kansas City area.

Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection prevention and control, said the hospital had gone to one COVID-19 intensive care unit for some months, but now has had to spill over to a second COVID-19 intensive care unit again for COVID-19 patients.

Dr. David Wild, vice president of quality and safety, said a year or six months ago, they saw new cases reported in the community, then there was a buffer, which gave them time to prepare for new patients. Now, they’re seeing almost an immediate increase in hospitalizations after an increase in new cases, he said. That tells him that they’re not testing enough, he added. A lot of people are waiting until they are very ill to be tested, he said.

Dr. Wild said they are seeing younger people in the hospital now, as much of the population older than 65 has been vaccinated. The same groups that make up the unvaccinated in the community are the ages that are now in the hospital. That is a trend other hospitals also are seeing in the metropolitan area, he said.

He said that masks matter, and that students can go back to school, and will be safe in the classrooms. But it’s the activities, eating and sports, when they take off their masks, where the virus can spread, he said.

“No one wants to wear a mask, but the virus does not care about that,” Dr. Hawkinson said. “At this time, we still have to do that.”

Unvaccinated people are especially at risk indoors, he said. Masks should continue to be worn indoors, and people should get vaccinated.

Dr. Wild mentioned that regulations on mask-wearing and distancing have been loosened across the metro area this week. One of the places where regulations were loosened was Wyandotte County, where commissioners passed an ordinance April 29. Information about it is online at

“We know what works to prevent transmission of this disease and to keep people out of the hospital, and those things haven’t changed,” Dr. Wild said. The only thing that has changed is that vaccinations have been added to the list of what works.

‘The rules have not changed,” he said. “The virus is still here, it has not gone away.”

Dr. Hawkinson said when the mask mandates ended in Texas, there were still a lot of businesses and communities that continued to do masking, especially in close situations.

“We need businesses and private entities to endorse and recommend the mask mandates, so we can get back to normalcy,” Dr. Hawkinson said.

While everyone wants to get back to normal and stop wearing masks, “the virus hasn’t gotten that memo yet, so we still need to take those precautions to keep people safe,” he said.

Other sites available for vaccination

KU Health System offers free vaccinations seven days a week at different locations. Appointments are required. Current patients may use MyChart to make an appointment. Others may call 913-588-1227 or visit to see if vaccines are available.

The University of Kansas Health System also is open to anyone. People can call to get an appointment whether they are patients or not at the health system.

There are also pharmacies giving free COVID-19 vaccinations in Wyandotte County by appointment, when available. These include Price Chopper and Hen House pharmacy at 76th and State Avenue, and 81st and State Avenue (see, and Medicine Shoppe pharmacy at 65th and Parallel by appointment when available (see CVS pharmacy also has announced that it will offer COVID-19 vaccines at one of its stores in Kansas City, Kansas. Registration is at

Other pharmacies and sites giving vaccines are listed at

Case numbers reported

The University of Kansas Health System reported a jump in COVID-19 patients Friday. There were 17 active COVID-19 patients on Friday morning, an increase of four from Thursday, according to Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection prevention and control. Of the 17 patients, nine were in the intensive care unit, an increase of three from Thursday. Three patients were on a ventilator, no change from Thursday. There were another 14 COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized but are out of the acute infection phase, an increase of two from Thursday. There is a total 31 patients, an increase of six since Thursday.

Wyandotte County reported an increase of 18 COVID-19 cases on Friday, April 30, for a cumulative 18,456 cases, according to the Unified Government Health Department’s COVID-19 webpage. There was a cumulative total of 290 deaths reported, no change from Thursday.

The Mid-America Regional Council’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 170,265 cumulative COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The daily average of new hospitalizations was 63. The number of cumulative deaths was 2,390.

KDHE reported 309.130 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Kansas on Friday, April 30, an increase of 620 cases since Wednesday. There were a total cumulative 4,982 deaths reported statewide, an increase of four.
KDHE reported that Johnson County had 57,888 cumulative cases on Friday, an increase of 181 cases since Wednesday. Leavenworth County had 7,188 cumulative cases, an increase of 10 cases since Wednesday.

The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard on Friday night reported 32,345,062 cumulative COVID-19 cases in the United States, with 575,921 total deaths reported nationwide. There were 58,199 new cases nationwide and 854 new deaths nationwide.

States with the highest number of new cases were Florida, 5,666; Michigan, 4,197; New York, 3,897; Texas, 3,619; and Illinois, 3,398, according to the Johns Hopkins information.
Countries with the highest number of new cases were India, 386,555; Brazil, 69,389; U.S., 58,199; Turkey, 37,674; and France, 26,548, according to the Johns Hopkins information.

Free testing available Saturday

One of the sites for free COVID-19 testing is open beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at Lowe’s at 6920 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The tests are through WellHealth. Appointments are required. For more information, to see other testing sites and to make an appointment, visit

For information about UG Health Department COVID-19 testing sites and hours, visit To see if there is any change to the schedule, visit Appointments are not needed.

The Health Department’s general contact page is at Their Facebook page is at

Testing sites are at There are more test sites listed on this page.

Saliva testing is now offered at the UG Health Department. For more information, visit

The KU doctors’ news conference is at

The University of Kansas Health System COVID-19 update page is at

A weekly vaccine report for the state of Kansas is at

Information about the new mask ordinance passed April 29, which loosened restrictions in Wyandotte County, is online at

The KDHE’s COVID-19 webpage is at

The KC Region COVID-19 Hub dashboard is at

The Wyandotte County page on the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 website is at

The Johns Hopkins Data in Motion, a presentation on critical COVID-19 data in the past 24 hours, is at

Sporting KC to travel to Utah Saturday for match with Real Salt Lake

A longstanding Western Conference rivalry will continue early Saturday afternoon when Sporting Kansas City (1-0-1, 4 points) visits Real Salt Lake (1-0-0, 3 points) at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The Week 3 showdown will kick off at 1 p.m. CT as both clubs look to preserve their unbeaten starts to the 2021 MLS campaign.

Saturday’s contest will be televised live on Bally Sports Kansas City Plus and Bally Sports Midwest Plus with three hours of coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT. Fans within the Bally Sports Midwest footprint can also stream the action on or the new Bally Sports app, formerly FOX Sports GO. ESPN 94.5 FM (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish) will air local radio broadcasts, while the Sporting KC app will provide additional in-game updates.

Under the guidance of manager Peter Vermes, Sporting has enjoyed a strong start by taking four points from their first two matches in 2021.

Blossoming 18-year-old Gianluca Busio led the way in a home-opening 1-1 draw on April 23 at Children’s Mercy Park, bagging the sixth goal of his young MLS career.

Fellow Sporting KC Academy product Daniel Salloi has been equally dynamic in attack, having assisted Busio’s strike six days after netting the game-winner in a 2-1 victory at the New York Red Bulls.

Between the posts, John Pulskamp became the third-youngest MLS goalkeeper to win a match on April 17 — two days before his 20th birthday — then helped Sporting to a point with three saves against Orlando in his home debut.

Led by third-year head coach Freddy Juarez, new-look Real Salt Lake parted ways with MLS ironman Kyle Beckerman, forward Corey Baird and experienced defender Nedum Onuoha during a transitional offseason.

Productive veterans Damir Kreilach and Albert Rusnak have returned alongside U.S. U-23 standouts Aaron Herrera and Justen Glad, while notable reinforcements have come in the form of winger Anderson Julio and former U.S. international forward Rubio Rubin.

Julio and Rubin both dazzled in their MLS debuts last Saturday when RSL knocked off Minnesota United FC away from home.

Julio struck twice before halftime on a pair of Rubin assists as RSL grabbed a 2-1 win at Allianz Field — a venue where Minnesota lost just once last season at the hands of Sporting. Returning to the friendly confines of Rio Tinto Stadium — where the club ranks third in MLS with 111 regular season home wins since 2009 — RSL will look to start the year with consecutive victories for the first time since 2012.

Like Sporting, RSL boasts a talented young goalkeeper in 20-year-old U.S. youth international David Ochoa. If Pulskamp and Ochoa line up against each other on Saturday, they will have a combined age of 40 years and 118 days — the youngest combination of two opposing goalkeepers ever in an MLS match.

Sporting sits tied for second place in the early Western Conference standings despite playing significant periods without two of their best players in captain Johnny Russell and striker Alan Pulido. Both players suffered injuries during the preseason and have come off the bench as substitutes in Sporting’s first two matches. Russell was one of five MLS players to notch 20 goals and 20 assists in the regular season from 2018-2020, and Pulido led the league last year with 1.03 goals and primary assists per 90 minutes. The duo has worked toward full fitness this month and could be poised for increased roles this weekend.

Vermes and Sporting enter Saturday with four names on the club’s player availability report. Tim Melia (chest) and Felipe Hernandez (knee) will miss through injury, while French center back Nicolas Isimat-Mirin is listed as questionable (hamstring) after starting in the team’s first two games. Veteran Graham Zusi has notably been upgraded to questionable after missing the last several months with a long-term foot injury. Should Zusi participate on Saturday, he will move into sole possession of first place in club history with 295 regular season appearances.

The simmering rivalry between Sporting and RSL stemmed from a bench-clearing preseason brawl in 2011 and truly blossomed in 2013 when Sporting ousted their Utah counterparts in an epic MLS Cup at Children’s Mercy Park. The clubs have met multiple times each year since then, including the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs and the 2015 and 2018 editions of the Lamar Hunt U.S. open Cup.

Although Sporting won both meetings last season by a 2-0 score — including a momentous Decision Day victory at Rio Tinto Stadium last November — the clubs have posted 14 victories and 10 draws apiece in 38 head-to-head encounters across all competitions.

Sporting will put two impressive streaks on the line Saturday. Their eight-game regular season unbeaten run dating back to 2020 is the longest active streak in MLS and the club’s longest since 2017. Similarly, their current five-match road unbeaten run in the regular season is also the longest in MLS and their best since winning five straight away from home in 2014.

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Blue Devils pound out 27 hits to sweep Allen County, 12-10, 13-9

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC sports information

Kansas City Kansas Community College lashed out 27 hits in two games Thursday and needed just about every one of them.

Allen County scored 19 runs but it was the Blue Devils who came away with 12-10 and 13-9 wins. The wins improved the Blue Devils’ overall record to 23-14 and tightened their hold on third place in the Jayhawk East heading into the final two games of the four-game series in Iola Saturday.

While Johnson County (22-4) and Cowley College (20-4) battle it out for first place, the Blue Devils (16-8) have a three-game lead over Coffeyville (14-12) and five-game bulge over Allen County (11-13) in the race for third place.

Outhit 12-8 in the opener, the Blue Devils scored in bunches to overcome a 3-run deficit. Trailing 10-7 in the fifth, the Blue Devils got back-to-back triples from Raymond Paniagua and Brendyn Bard to tie the game and then went ahead 11-10 on Cole Dawson;s sacrifice fly.

The Blue Devils took a 3-2 lead in the first inning on just one hit, a double by Bard, and then went ahead again 7-6 in the third, scoring four times on Bard’s second double and a 2-run home run by Camden Karlin, a freshman from Lawrence Free State. Bard, who had two doubles and a triple; Paniagua and Dawson each drove in three runs.

Bonner Springs’ Chase Terrell (4-0) got the pitching win, allowing three hits and no runs in three innings of relief after starter Parker Weddle had given up eight earned runs and nine hits in the first 3.1 innings. Hunter Cashero got the final two outs for the save.

Logan Barnard (4-0) stayed unbeaten with seven strong innings in the 13-9 nightcap, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out four. Eli Tormes was touched for four runs and six hits before Cashero struck out the final two Red Devils for his third save.

Seven Blue Devils had two or more hits in a 19-hit barrage led by Camden Karlin’s second home run of the day and four RBI and two triples and a single by Paniagua. Cole Silbowski, Palmer Hutchison and Bard each doubled and singled twice and Brock Stewart, Dawson and Karlin collected two hits each.

Allen took a 4-0 lead in the second only to have the Blue Devils bounce right back with five in the bottom of the inning. Singles by Paniagua, Bard and Dawson scored the first two runs and after a single by Stewart,

Karlin and Silboowski had run-scoring singles and Hutchinson an RBI double. Paniagua’s first triple came in the third; the second in a 3-run eighth; while Karlin’s home run came after a Bard double in a 2-run seventh.