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    BOSTON (CBS) – Anxiety over rising COVID-19 numbers had the Cambridge Health Alliance vaccination clinic in Somerville packed Thursday. “Now another new prominent variant,” said Joe Mello, who got a booster. This week’s COVID case numbers in Massachusetts are at the highest since January. The positivity rate is back where it was this time last year, at around 5%. “I just hope it doesn’t get any worse like before,” said Chuck Maxwell, as he got a booster shot. READ MORE: Boston Police Warn About Drinks Being Drugged At BarsBut a closer look at the state’s data shows there is some hope when it comes to hospitalizations and deaths. The seven-day average of COVID hospitalizations in Massachusetts is now 825. Looking at this time last year, it was 1,055. That’s almost 25% more. READ MORE: 9,909 At Massachusetts Schools Test Positive For COVID-19 In Last 2 WeeksDeaths have also dropped. The seven-day average now is 13. This time last year, there were almost three times that, with 34 deaths a day. Experts credit vaccines. “People that...
    In Massachusetts, where 71% of the eligible population is vaccinated, cases are up 32% and hospitalizations are up 44%. Finally, in New York and New Jersey, where 68% of the eligible population is vaccinated, cases are up 13% and 39% and hospitalizations are up 18% and 28%, respectively.What else?The inverse is true for the least vaccinated states in the country. According to the Times data, each of the seven states with the lowest vaccination rates — West Virginia, Idaho, Wyoming, Alabama, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Louisiana — are reporting significant declines in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the last 14 days. Of course, there are outliers to the apparent inverse relationship. In Washington state, where residents are 65% vaccinated, both cases and hospitalizations are down by double digits. Conversely, in both Missouri and Indiana, where just 51% of the population is vaccinated, both cases and hospitalizations are up by double digits. It could be that the virus is plaguing certain regions of the U.S., such as the Northeast and the Midwest, to a greater degree than the...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James has slammed Governor Kathy Hochul over her alleged failure to address the rising COVID-19 rates in the state. James, who announced her bid for governor just three weeks ago, argues that with rising cases rates in upstate New York, state leadership needs to 'take immediate action to bring the infection rates under control and help stop future surges before they happen'. 'State government is failing to act to address the COVID crisis in some of the most vulnerable communities in New York state - this past week, the 7-day average percentage of positive test results increased from 8.87 percent to 9.48 percent in Western NY. Rates are also above 8 percent in the Finger Lakes,' she said. The attorney general said it was 'troubling' that despite vaccine accessibility, some regions in New York are currently reporting hospitalization rates that exceed numbers from last year.  James said the government needs to take action: 'It is time to act now to save lives. Anything short of bold action is unacceptable.' New York Attorney General Letitia James (pictured) has slammed...
    COVID-19 cases among children are continuing to rise as the U.S. heads towards the holiday season, a new report finds.  A total of 122,229 kids tested positive for the virus during the week that ended on November 11, according to the American Academy and Pediatrics (AAP).  That figure is a 13 percent increase from the 107,000 cases recorded the previous week and a 22 percent increase over the past two weeks. Pediatric Covid cases have now increased for the second consecutive week after nearly two months of declines.  America as a whole is experiencing a slight increase in COVID-19 infections ahead of the holiday season, and some experts believe cold weather could be fueling the increase. New COVID-19 cases among children increased by 13% last week, from 107,000 to 122,000, the second straight week cases increased after falling for nearly two months straight Children accounted for 27% of new COVID-19 cases last week, and increase from the 24% of cases the year before Child Covid cases had decreased every week from the week that ended September 2 to the week that ended on...
    Biden officials will announce the promising new deal sometime this week, it was reported on Tuesday The Biden administration is readying to buy 10 million courses of Pfizer's COVID-19 pill to try and finally get ahead of the ongoing pandemic in the United States, a report revealed on Tuesday. Those doses would be distributed within the country rather than allocated to other countries. The White House is expected to make the announcement this week. That pill and another one by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics have been hailed as potential 'game-changers' in a pandemic that's lasted more than a year and a half by curbing hospitalizations and deaths linked to the coronavirus. The White House was originally in talks to buy 5 million, but President Joe Biden doubled the order after positive clinical data was released, a federal official told the Washington Post. DailyMail.com has reached out to the White House for comment.  Each course of the drug, which consists of up to 30 pills, will reportedly cost the government close to $500 per treatment - about a $5 billion purchase....
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- New data this week from the CDC shows Florida has a lower transmission rate than California. Florida currently is in the moderate yellow level, while California is in the Orange substantial level. However, doctors at UCSF say, at this point in the pandemic, we need to look at the data differently. They say we need to focus more on hospitalizations as the key metric."We have to think about what our goal is," said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, infectious disease specialist at UCSF. "Of course if we look at infections, it is going to look weird with spikes here spikes there. If we look at deaths and hospitalizations, that is the real cost to society."Especially now with vaccines available. COVID-19 cases may not go away anytime soon, but the main focus is keeping people from getting sick and potentially dying."We are not going to be able to eradicate cases of this virus," said Dr. Monica Ghandi at UCSF. "What is important to track what impacts public health and impacts people's lives which is getting sick."RELATED: COVID cases, hospitalizations...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The Governor of Colorado says he does not plan on bringing back a mask mandate throughout the state even as COVID-19 cases surge. Gov. Jared Polis said he would leave masking orders to the counties, citing that neighboring New Mexico has a mask mandate and cases were comparable to those seen in Colorado. However, Polis did push for more people to get vaccinated. “It has never been more dangerous for the unvaccinated than it is right now,” Polis said. Colorado is one of the most infected states in the nation. One in every 48 Coloradans are infected and symptomatic. However, researchers have been unable to pinpoint an exact reason why Colorado is seeing the surge while other states are not. “Scientists simply don’t know why our region has a spike,” Polis told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas. Hospital ICU beds continue to dwindle as the delta variant spreads throughout the state. Polis said a drastic majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state come from those who are unvaccinated. “We wouldn’t be here talking about this if everybody was vaccinated,”...
    Today, Florida is has the lowest COVID infection rate in the U.S. at just seven per 100,000 people, the New York Times reported. Hospitalizations and deaths have also plummeted. And Florida's vaccination rate is actually on par with states like Washington, Oregon, and Delaware. Florida COVID numbers. Nov. 8, 2021.pic.twitter.com/VaM38C81JL — Chris Field (@Chris Field) 1636393105 But Vermont is a different story. It is still one of the most vaccinated states, according to data compiled by the Times — 71% of Vermonters are fully vaccinated (#1 in the nation), and 80% have received at least one dose (#2 in the nation) — but its COVID infection rate has skyrocketed. While Florida is now 50th in infections per 100,000, Vermont is tied for seventh, with an infection rate of 49 per 100,000. The state's current rate is far above its previous record and shows no signs of slowing down. The state's hospitalizations are on the incline, and its recent death numbers have tied the state's previous records from last winter. Vermont COVID numbers....
    As temperatures begin to drop, COVID-19 cases and hospitalization are beginning to rise in a cluster of states in the U.S. north. While cases are trending downwards this autumn, a rise in cases in states that get their first tastes of winter weather before other parts of the country are among the leaders in new Covid cases, deaths and hospitalizations. Alaska, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho have all experienced recent upticks in COVID-19 cases in late October, and are the four leaders in daily new cases per every 100,000 residents. Experts tie this recent increase in Covid cases to the shifting temperatures forcing more people to gather and mingle indoors, where there is a much higher risk of virus transmission. While this phenomena is concentrated in states in the great plains - and far north Alaska - cases may start rising again as cold weather slowly takes over the U.S. in the coming weeks. Alaska lead the nation in new COVID-19 cases, recording 107 per every 100,000 residents on average every day Idaho's 65 new cases and 1.24 deaths every day...
    (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Thursday pointed out the difference in COVID rates between Colorado’s more and less vaccinated counties has become a stark comparison. (credit: CBS) There are over 1,100 people in Colorado hospitals testing positive for COVID and 80% percent of those are unvaccinated. In places like the Denver metro area where vaccination rates are higher, “You’ll see that those are also the counties where we’re seeing the lowest hospitalization rates right now,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy in Gov. Jared Polis’s Thursday afternoon news conference. The state showed graphs indicating much higher rates in some of the lowest vaccinated counties, like Pueblo County. The seven county Denver metro area (comprised of the following counties: Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas, Adams, Jefferson, Boulder and Broomfield) has 56.2% of the state’s population and 39.1% of hospital admissions, said Herlihy. Compare that with counties with lower vaccination rates like Larimer County and Weld County. The two counties in northern Colorado comprise 11.8% of the population and 16.1% of hospital admissions. Larimer County’s vaccination rate is...
    Most inmates infected in a COVID-19 Delta variant outbreak at a Texas prison were fully vaccinated, but hospitalizations and deaths were higher among the unvaccinated, a new report finds. Of 172 prisoners who contracted the virus, 75 percent has received one of the three approved shots in the U.S., from either Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. However, inmates who hadn't received their immunizations were up to three times mire likely to be hospitalized or die from Covid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The authors say the findings show how highly transmissible the Delta variant is, but that vaccines still protect recipients from the most severe outcomes of the virus.  A new CDC report looked at a summer 2021 Delta variant outbreak at a Texas prison that saw 172 prisoners infected with COVID-19, of which 75% were fully vaccinated. Pictured: Prisoners at the Bolivar County Correctional Facility in Cleveland, Mississippi, receive COVID-19 vaccines, April 2021 Four patients - three of whom were unvaccinated - required hospitalization and one unvaccinated patient died. Pictured: Most prisoners...
    (CNN)Los Angeles County, the country's most populous county, will require customers and employees in indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination starting October 7, according to a new health order issued Friday. Modernas vaccine is the most effective, but Pfizer and J&J also protect well, CDC-led study says"This modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk for transmission and increase vaccination coverage," Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county's director of public health, said during a news briefing Friday. "And it offers us a reasonable path forward that hopefully positions us to be better able to break the cycle of surges."The county's order is the latest in a series of similar moves from other local leaders across the US as they work to curb the spread of the dangerous and highly contagious Delta variant, which has pushed hospitals to their breaking point and is claiming hundreds of American lives daily. Healthcare leaders have said the majority of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are in unvaccinated people.This week, New York City began...
    Gustavo Arellano of The Los Angeles Times says that the California GOP effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom was doomed from the start. Nearly every big move that the state GOP has done to wrest power from Democrats — term limits, bigoted propositions, selling its soul to Trump — has spectacularly blown up in their face. Back in April, I wrote: “I’ll wager a roll of pesos that the ultimate loser will, again, be the Republican Party. The house — in this case, history — is on my side.” The attempted Newsom coup was the worst laugher yet — because it had the best chance of the many Hail Marys that California conservatives have thrown to actually work. The placement of the recall question on the ballot this summer was an upset in and of itself and galvanized not just conservatives but also middle-of-the-road voters and even Democrats who didn’t agree with Newsom’s COVID-19 strategy of mandated shutdowns and maskless dinners at fancy restaurants. There was enough discontent in California’s air mixed in with wildfire smoke early this summer that it looked like the recall had a fighting...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The vast majority of Pennsylvanians who are getting COVID-19, being hospitalized and dying are unvaccinated, according to data on breakthrough cases released by the Department of Health Tuesday. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Step Up Patrols At Churches Following Threats According to the state, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people made up 97% of deaths in 2021, 95% of hospitalizations and 94% of cases. The Health Department says this means unvaccinated Pennsylvanians are almost eight times more likely to die and about seven times more like to become infected. Health officials say symptoms are also less severe in those who are vaccinated. “No vaccine has 100% efficacy, so post-vaccination cases are to be expected. It’s important to also remember that COVID-19 vaccines were developed to help people stay out of the hospital and avoid death, not just positive cases,” Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said. READ MORE: Woman Killed In McKeesport Was Daughter Of Brandon Short, Former Penn State Linebacker And NFL Player The CDC defines breakthrough cases as people who...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The number of positive cases and people hospitalized for the coronavirus in West Virginia both smashed records on Monday as Gov. Jim Justice scolded residents who continue to balk at receiving COVID-19 vaccines. At least 40% of the state’s population above age 12 have not received all doses, according to health data. Efforts by Justice and others to urge residents to do so have resulted in only minimal improvement in recent weeks. READ MORE: 2 Allegheny County Councilmembers To Introduce Mask Requirement Legislation “This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Justice said at a news conference. Justice has balked at issuing either a vaccination or new mask mandate. An earlier indoor mask requirement was lifted in June as the number of cases dropped. Some health care systems have issued their own vaccine requirements for employees. The number of confirmed virus cases statewide totaled about 8,860 last week, breaking the weekly record of about 8,200 from early January. Two weeks ago marked the third-highest week of reported cases during the pandemic. There were a record 852 people...
    PORTSMOUTH — Amidst the area’s most serious surge of COVID-19 cases yet, Southern Ohio Medical Center announced on Saturday that the hospital’s ICU was at capacity. “The level of resources we have been forced to dedicate to this single diagnosis is unsustainable,” the hospital warned. “Like many hospitals, including others in our region, we are being stretched to the breaking point.” SOMC has a total of 248 beds. As of September 11, more than 20% of those beds were occupied by COVID patients, a record high. The hospital is preparing to open its fourth separate unit to treat patients with COVID-19. Because the virus is so highly contagious, once a patient with COVID-19 is admitted to a unit it becomes difficult to house any other patients in that area. The increase in hospitalizations also means there are fewer beds available for other patients in need of emergency care. “This affects more than just patients with COVID-19,” SOMC said in their statement. “The dramatic increase in COVID hospitalizations means there may not be a bed available for those who wake up...
    It is incredibly rare for fully vaccinated Americans to contract a severe case of COVID-19 and die from the disease, new federal figures show.    Americans who have received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have a less than one in 13,000 chance of a severe breakthrough case, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 99 percent of Covid hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. since January 2021 have occurred in unvaccinated people. Those patients who do require hospital care due to a breakthrough case are likely to be older or to suffer from underlying medical conditions, the CDC data suggest. The data demonstrate how well vaccines continue to work, even against the Delta variant, at preventing serious illness. The overwhelming majority of Covid hospitalizations and deaths in 2021 have occurred in unvaccinated Americans, a DailyMail.com analysis of federal data shows As the Delta surge continues, vaccination remains the best available protection against severe Covid disease. Pictured: A...
    "Because Delta spreads more easily and causes more severe disease, we do see some hospitalizations," Kalyanaraman explained.A national trend developing among the vaccinated?While the Maryland data is currently being framed as an outlier, there are indicators that it's part of a national trend. Public health experts and mainstream media figures for weeks have inundated the American public with the line that unvaccinated individuals presently account for nearly all of the COVID-19 hospitalizations, usually citing a figure between 95% and 98%. But, as TheBlaze's Daniel Horowitz pointed out earlier this month, those figures were pulled from a ranged 6-month analysis produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When looking more closely at the month-by-month figures, one can see that the percentage share of hospitalizations among fully vaccinated people has been steadily ticking upward since the start of the year. In June alone, fully vaccinated people made up 16% of the nation's COVID-19 hospitalizations. "Given the rapid acceleration of waning immunity, inquiring minds would like to know what that number will look like heading into September," Horowitz noted.'Good...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 4,391 new coronavirus cases and 38 additional deaths. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 450 New Cases, 19 Additional Deaths This brings the statewide total to 1,329,111 cases and 28,446 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 2,010 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19, with 496 in ICUs. That’s up significantly from a month ago, where 295 people were hospitalized and 58 of them were in the ICU. The statewide percent positivity for the week of Aug. 27 to Sept. 2 stood at 8.2%. The state says 12,349,956 total vaccine doses have been administered, and 6,020,480 people are fully vaccinated. So far, 66.6% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Public School Board: Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet Resigning Amid Ethics Probe Findings All Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine expanded to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10. If you have concerns about...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout Pennsylvania. Statewide, almost 13,000 people contracted the virus over a 4-day span. RELATED: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: 6 Million People Fully Vaccinated; Nearly 13,000 Cases Reported Over 4 Days Hospitalization rises are also rising. Nearly 2,000 people are in the hospital, with about 470 in the ICU. RELATED: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Health Department Reports 245 New Cases, 1 Additional Death To put that in perspective, that’s almost four times as many COVID-19 patients in hospital beds as there were at this time in 2020. However, it’s not near the peak around Christmastime, but it is the highest point in more than three months.
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – “Wear a mask” is a phrase some have almost become numb to. But according to new data from UT Southwestern, masks are likely the reason Dallas County may catch a break in COVID-19 hospitalizations. The report released on Monday, Sept. 6, predicts Dallas County hospitalizations will peak, then trend down over the next few weeks. The success is attributed to self-reported masking levels in public, which have risen to nearly 80%. While in Tarrant County, less mitigation efforts contribute to an expected rise in hospitalizations. It’s something Steve Love, President of the DFW Hospital Council says Tarrant County hospitals don’t need right now. “They’re pretty overwhelmed. We are running about 92 to 93% occupancy. Our pediatrics are running a little higher. But the real issue isn’t beds, it’s staff,” Love said. He says even more concerning, the data shows infection rates are climbing in children while other age groups plateau. UT Southwestern believes it’s likely the impact of in-person schooling, and that the increased hospitalizations reflect the large numbers of individuals who are not yet, or cannot...
    (CNN) — With the more contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 sweeping across the country this summer, health care workers and officials are finding themselves returning to a crisis experienced last year when hospitals struggled to handle an influx of patients. In the Southeast, Georgia is now seeing its highest number of hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic, matching peaks experienced in January, according to US Health and Human Services Department (HHS) data. READ MORE: Annapolis Suburb Comes Together To Clean Up Damage Left By EF-2 Tornado Dr. James Black, director of emergency services at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia, told CNN’s Amara Walker Saturday that his hospital nearly doubled its ICU capacity yet is still faced with an overflow of patients. “The emergency department is full and the hospital is full,” Black said. “Anytime a patient is discharged, we have patients waiting on those beds.” The city of Albany, located in the southwestern part of the state, had one of the worst outbreaks of Covid-19 in the country at the start of the pandemic. Now hospitalizations are...
    (CNN)With the more contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 sweeping across the country this summer, health care workers and officials are finding themselves returning to a crisis experienced last year when hospitals struggled to handle an influx of patients. In the Southeast, Georgia is now seeing its highest number of hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic, matching peaks experienced in January, according to US Health and Human Services Department (HHS) data. Dr. James Black, director of emergency services at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia, told CNN's Amara Walker Saturday that his hospital nearly doubled its ICU capacity yet is still faced with an overflow of patients."The emergency department is full and the hospital is full," Black said. "Anytime a patient is discharged, we have patients waiting on those beds." Florida teen who was hospitalized with Covid-19 wants to get vaccinated and says others should get the shot tooThe city of Albany, located in the southwestern part of the state, had one of the worst outbreaks of Covid-19 in the country at the start of the pandemic. Now hospitalizations...
    By Daniel Wolfe and Priya Krishnakumar | CNN As students and staff return to school, the highly transmissible Delta variant of Covid-19 has caused cases, hospitalizations and death rates to soar across the country. Children under 12 are particularly vulnerable to infection as they are not yet eligible for vaccination, including the FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine. Contrary to research early in the pandemic, children are just as likely to become infected as adults. According to the CDC, Covid-19 infection rates for adolescents aged 5 to 17 were as high as in adults 18 to 49, and higher than rates in adults over 50. There have been 4.8 million cases of Covid-19 in children since April 2020, according to the American Association of Pediatrics, making up about 15% of all documented cases in the United States. In the last month, the number of new weekly cases has surged to near-peak levels. Note: Age range classifications for children vary by state.Source: American Association of Pediatrics(CNN)  Areas across the country with lower than average vaccination rates are experiencing higher increases in Covid-19 cases among...
    (CNN)As students and staff return to school, the highly transmissible Delta variant of Covid-19 has caused cases, hospitalizations and death rates to soar across the country. Children under 12 are particularly vulnerable to infection as they are not yet eligible for vaccination, including the FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine. Contrary to research early in the pandemic, children are just as likely to become infected as adults. According to the CDC, Covid-19 infection rates for adolescents aged 5 to 17 were as high as in adults 18 to 49, and higher than rates in adults over 50. There have been 4.8 million cases of Covid-19 in children since April 2020, according to the American Association of Pediatrics, making up about 15% of all documented cases in the United States. In the last month, the number of new weekly cases has surged to near-peak levels. Areas across the country with lower than average vaccination rates are experiencing higher increases in Covid-19 cases among children. In Mississippi, where only 37.7% of residents are fully vaccinated, there has been a 29% increase in cumulative Covid-19 cases...
    Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has claimed that people living in the state are 'less scared' of COVID-19 because they believe in 'eternal life' - despite a surge in new infections and hospitalizations.  Reeves delivered his remarks to a group of Republicans at a fundraiser event in Eads, Tennessee, last Thursday, according to the Daily Memphian. 'I'm often asked by some of my friends on the other side of the aisle about COVID … and why does it seem like folks in Mississippi and maybe in the Mid-South are a little less scared, shall we say,' Reeves said. 'When you believe in eternal life — when you believe that living on this earth is but a blip on the screen, then you don't have to be so scared of things,' he said. Reeves added, 'God also tells us to take necessary precautions. And we all have opportunities and abilities to do that and we should all do that. I encourage everyone to do so.'  Governor Tate Reeves (pictured) point out that people in the state were 'less scared' of COVID-19...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Rumbles from the motorcycles and rock shows of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally have hardly cleared from the Black Hills of South Dakota, and the reports of COVID-19 infections among rallygoers are already streaming in — 178 cases across five states, according to contact tracers. In the three weeks since the rally kicked off, coronavirus cases in South Dakota have shot up at a startling pace — sixfold from the early days of August. While it is not clear how much rallygoers spread the virus through secondary infections, state health officials have so far reported 63 cases among South Dakota residents who attended the event. READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Tornado Watch Issued For Eastern MN, Including Twin Cities, Until 4 P.M. The epicenter of the rally, Meade County, has become red-hot with new cases, reaching a per capita rate that is similar to the hardest-hit Southern states. The county reported the highest rate of cases in the state over the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. The Black Hills region’s largest hospital system, Monument...
    Since the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in the U.S., almost no states have been more different in their approaches to the pandemic than California and Florida. In March 2020, California Gov Gav Newsom closed bars and indoor dining at restaurants, limited large gatherings, implemented mask mandates and instituted stay-at-home orders. By comparison, his East Coast counterpart, Gov Ron DeSantis, has issued very few measures, lifting almost all restrictions in September 2020. DeSantis has refused to mandate face coverings and signed an executive order preventing Florida schools from requiring children to wear masks. Despite these contrasting methods, both states ended up with the same outcome in early 2021.  Historically, when adjusting for population, Florida had 8,306 cases and 117 deaths per 100,000 residents and California had about 8,499 cases per 100,000 residents and 130 deaths per 100,000. Back in February 2021, the states were reporting between 200 and 400 cases per million people and 10 to 20 deaths per million, showing a very similar curve over the first two months of the year. However, these similarities ended after the Indian...
    By JoNel Aleccia | KHN For months, Joelle Ruppert was among the millions of Americans who are COVID vaccine holdouts. Her reluctance, she said, was not so much that she opposed the new vaccines but that she never felt “compelled” by the evidence supporting their experimental use. Nonetheless, after she fell ill with COVID last month, Ruppert, a Florida preschool teacher, found herself desperate to try an experimental product that promised to ease her symptoms: infusion with a potent laboratory-produced treatment known as monoclonal antibody therapy. “I was in bed, I was feeling so badly, like the longest flu I ever had in my life,” said Ruppert, 54, of Gainesville. “I was, like, whatever, give me whatever.” Ruppert and her husband, Michael, 61, who also contracted COVID-19, are among thousands of people in the U.S. who in recent weeks have rushed to receive infusions of the powerful antibody cocktails shown to reduce hospitalizations by 70 percent when given promptly to high-risk patients. The rush has been fueled in no small part by governors in Southern states, where vaccinations lag...
    Americans who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 are much more likely to infected or hospitalized with the virus, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds. The report found that unvaccinated residents of Los Angeles had five times as many cases of Covid and 29 times as many hospitalizations than fully vaccinated people. What's more, if fully vaccinated people were hospitalized, they were much less likely to be admitted to intensive care units or placed on mechanical ventilation. The CDC team says the findings show the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, even as the Indian 'Delta' variant became the dominant strain in the U.S. A new CDC study looked at more than 43,000 confirmed infections in Los Angeles between May 1 and July 25. Pictured: Nurse Kim Dimaunahan Telemetry Oncology (left) checks the blood sugar level of Covid positive patient Jorge Hernandez, 64, inside Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, California, July 30  COVID-19 incidence rate was 315.1 per 100,000 people for unvaccinated people compared to 63.8 per 100,000 for the vaccinated...
    (CNN)As Americans face a daunting surge of Covid-19 hospitalizations -- with the rates for children and adults under 50 hitting their highest levels yet -- officials are hoping a full approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine could encourage more people to get vaccinated.The full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which a senior federal official told CNN Friday was "imminent," could help allay concerns for those who are vaccine hesitant, as all three vaccines available in the US have so far been distributed under emergency use authorization.The approval could also help businesses, schools and states enforce vaccine mandates, experts have said. Such mandates could help quell the ever-growing number of cases, especially in states that are experiencing a lack of available ICU beds. Beds await placement in a yet to be completed section of a COVID-19 mobile field hospital erected in a parking garage at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.The number of vaccine doses administered daily has mostly increased over the past week -- with three days surpassing a million reported doses, according to data...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Officials at the Los Angeles County Department of Health urged residents Friday to get tested for COVID-19 if they develop symptoms or believe they may have been exposed and cooperate with contract-tracers if they call. The county also reported Friday that there were another 31 fatalities due to COVID, including one person between the ages of 12 and 17. The latest report brings the pandemic death toll to 25,032 in LA County. READ MORE: Strong Surf Expected To Pound LA, OC Coast Through Saturday Another 3,361 cases of COVID-19 were also confirmed by county health officials on Friday, raising the cumulative total from throughout the pandemic to 1,376,551. The rolling daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 3.6% as of Friday. The number of COVID-positive patients in county hospitals remained steady at Thursday’s total of 1,786, according to state figures. There were 427 people in intensive care, up from 414 on Thursday. The latest county figures show that 73% of county residents age 12 and over have received at least one dose of...
    A nurse on infection control accompanies a patient being transferred from the ICU COVID unit to the acute care COVID unit at Harborview Medical Center on May 7, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.Karen Ducey | Getty Images Covid-19 transmissions and hospitalizations in Washington state are at an all-time high, according to the state's Department of Health. On July 8, Washington was recording a Covid infection prevalence of 1 in 588 residents. Just one month later, on Aug. 6, that number nearly quadrupled to a Covid infection prevalence of 1 in 156 residents, the department said Thursday. The most recent numbers surpassed those recorded during the state's third wave of Covid infections in the winter of 2020. Washington state is reporting a seven-day average of 38.5 daily new cases per 100,000 residents, ranking 22nd among all states, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Four counties had 14-day rates of new infections of 500 per 100,000 Washingtonians and five counties had rates of 300 to 500 per 100,000 residents. Sixteen counties had rates of 200 to 300 and...
    (CNN) — The pace of Covid-19 hospitalizations is surging across the US, with the rates for children and adults under 50 hitting their highest levels yet, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every age group under 50 has surpassed its previous record of hospitalizations, which was in the first half of January. The biggest increase was in adults ages 30 to 39 and children under 18, both of which were more than 30% more than their previous peak, according to the CDC data. READ MORE: 15-Year-Old Charged In Fells Point Triple Shooting The rate for all ages is still below the January high. But at the current pace — an average of more than 11,000 new hospital admissions for Covid-19 over the past week — the US might reach a record high within a month, the CDC said. Those most at risk for experiencing severe illness and hospitalization are the unvaccinated, according to experts. Yet only 51% of the population is fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the CDC. The alarming surge in...
    (CNN)The pace of Covid-19 hospitalizations is surging across the US, with the rates for children and adults under 50 hitting their highest levels yet, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Every age group under 50 has surpassed its previous record of hospitalizations, which was in the first half of January. The biggest increase was in adults ages 30 to 39 and children under 18, both of which were more than 30% more than their previous peak, according to the CDC data. The rate for all ages is still below the January high. But at the current pace -- an average of more than 11,000 new hospital admissions for Covid-19 over the past week -- the US might reach a record high within a month, the CDC said. If you live in a state with a low vaccination rate, youre 4 times more likely to be hospitalized and more than 5 times more likely to dieThose most at risk for experiencing severe illness and hospitalization are the unvaccinated, according to experts. Yet only 51% of...
    Though coronavirus outbreaks largely driven by the ultra-contagious Delta variant are now even occurring in U.S. counties where over half the population is vaccinated against Covid-19, as of Friday afternoon the hospitals in two states with among the nation's lowest vaccination rates—Louisiana and Mississippi—were dangerously overwhelmed. Louisiana has seen the most Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days compared to every other state in the country, and only 38% of Louisianans are fully vaccinated, according to data from The New York Times. Mississippi has the third-most recent cases in ranking, and only has a vaccination rate of 35%. Both states have seen major increases in hospitalizations over the past two weeks. Since the U.S. inoculation effort began, public health experts—including the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci—have repeatedly emphasized that the authorized vaccines not only lower the risk of getting Covid-19 but also decrease the chances of hospitalization or death for vaccinated individuals who experience a "breakthrough" infection. That position was backed up by a Times analysis involving 40 states and Washington, D.C. published earlier...
    Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, sits before a chart showing the state's spike in COVID-19 patients during a news conference in the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis Last week, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida each recorded more than 500,000 new COVID-19 cases. Hospitalizations in Florida have increased by 66% over the last two weeks. Mississippi announced it will contract at least 1,378 medical professionals to help its hospitals with staffing shortages. Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. With low vaccination rates and increasing transmission in the South, daily averages of COVID-19 cases in the United States continue to rapidly increase compared to the rest of the world. "This is starting to look really ominous in the South... If you look at rates of...
    (CNN) — As experts race to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 by encouraging vaccinations and mask wearing, hospital systems in a handful of states are now straining to keep up with the surge. Eight states, many of which have lagged the national average for vaccinations, have Covid-19 patients that account for at least 15% of their overall hospitalizations: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Texas, according to a CNN analysis of data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Of all Covid-19 hospitalizations, these eight states’ combined totals make up approximately 51% of patients, though the states account for only around 24% of the nation’s population, according to Census data. READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: August Payments Arriving In Parents Bank Accounts “In the past week, Florida has had more Covid cases than all 30 states with the lowest case rates combined. And Florida and Texas alone have accounted for nearly 40% of new hospitalizations across the country,” White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said Thursday during a White House briefing. The percentages of Covid-19...
    By Travis Caldwell | CNN As experts race to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 by encouraging vaccinations and mask-wearing, hospital systems in a handful of states are now straining to keep up with the surge. Eight states, many of which have lagged the national average for vaccinations, have Covid-19 patients that account for at least 15% of their overall hospitalizations: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Texas, according to a CNN analysis of HHS data. Of all Covid-19 hospitalizations, these eight states’ combined totals make up approximately 51% of patients, despite accounting for only around 24% of the nation’s population, according to Census data. The percentages of Covid-19 patients in ICUs are even worse, with Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi approaching half of ICU beds in use for such patients, according to HHS data Thursday. Louisiana and Mississippi each announced on Thursday their highest number of Covid-19 hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic. In Florida, Brevard County officials issued an urgent plea this week for residents to try and avoid using ambulance services with non-emergency calls or going...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen opened her weekly COVID-19 briefing by saying, “I wish I had good news to report today. Sadly I don’t.” READ MORE: Award-Winning Horse Reported Stolen From Property In Butler County Found Dead Bogen says the number of average daily cases has nearly doubled in the past week. While the percent positivity hovered around 1% through much of June and into early July, it’s now up to 5%. Hospitalizations are also on the rise, but she says they’re not as high as other parts of the country with lower vaccination rates. Health experts say the more contagious delta variant and unvaccinated Americans are fueling a rise in cases, and Bogen says the impact is being seen on children in Allegheny County. In July, Bogen says 25 children ages 0-4 in Allegheny County had COVID-19. In just the first third of August, that number has jumped to 67. For parents who aren’t getting their kids vaccinated because their infections aren’t usually as severe, Bogen says...
    The consequences of defying the Department of Health could be the loss of state funding. DeSantis signed an executive order on July 30 empowering the state education commissioner to defund school districts that don't comply with the rules "protecting the rights of parents." Speaking at a news conference Monday, Leon County school Superintendent Rocky Hanna said that mask mandates are needed to keep children safe as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations surge in Florida. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, Florida has the highest number of confirmed pediatric hospitalizations from the virus, with 32 hospitalizations per day between July 24 and July 30. There are 0.76 kids hospitalized per 100,000 residents, reportedly the highest rate in the country. "If something happened and things went sideways for us this week and next week as we started school, and heaven forbid we lost a child to this virus, I can't just simply blame the governor of the state. I can't," Hanna said. "If there's an out and I didn't take the out, and I didn't do what...
    As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge in Florida, a debate is raging over requiring masks in schools. An emergency rule in Florida will allow parents to use vouchers to transfer children out of public schools that require masks, but not everyone agrees with the move. Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is threatening to withhold funding from districts that require masks. "The decision to try to withdraw funds or withhold funds from school districts who are trying to make decisions in the best interest of public safety is really disturbing to me," said Sarah Leonardi, a school board member in Broward County, where opponents of masks have been vocal. "I don't disagree that it should be a parent's choice, but no one's choice for a sense of personal liberty, not based in science, in fact, should not impede on a right of a student or employee to stay healthy and alive," Leonardi added. COVID-19 cases in children are rising nationwide, with more than 71,000 reported last week, an 86% jump from the week before. Eight states have measures banning districts...
    The White House on Thursday doubled down on blaming the Republican governors of Florida and Texas for the rising rates of coronavirus infections in their state. Earlier President Joe Biden asked Govs. Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott to to 'get out of the way' of restrictions as COVID cases are on the rise.  White House COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients noted Florida and Texas have accounted for one-third of new cases in the nation. 'Over the past seven days Florida and Texas have accounted for about one-third of new cases and more than one-third of new hospitalizations,' Zients noted at a press briefing. 'States with some of the lowest vaccination rates account for about half of new cases and hospitalizations in the past week, despite making up less than a quarter of the US population.' White House COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients noted Florida and Texas have accounted for one-third of new cases in the nation He also praised six Southern states -  Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Mississippi - for seeing a rise in vaccination rates.  Zients...
    Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is running just behind Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist, a new poll shows. The survey, from Florida-based St. Pete Polls, found that 45% of voters would back Crist, who served as governor from 2007 to 2011, while nearly 44% would back DeSantis and 11% remained undecided. Crist’s lead, however, was within the 3,900-person poll’s 1.6-point margin of error. The poll is slightly surprising given DeSantis’ high profile — forecasters widely see him as a favorite in 2022 and a presidential contender in 2024 — and given the Democratic field seeking to oust him next November. A St. Pete poll from May found that 38% of voters thought Crist had a 50-50 chance of beating DeSantis, while 26% and 29% gave DeSantis and Crist the edge, respectively. The survey also comes amid a massive spike in coronavirus cases statewide, fueled by the more contagious delta variant. Florida is averaging close to 20,000 new cases each day, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a number up nearly 1000% from a month ago and...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that his state will not shut down again despite a record-breaking influx of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, making the Sunshine State the nation's new virus epicenter.  "We're not shutting down," DeSantis said Tuesday at a press conference. "These interventions have failed time and time again throughout this pandemic, not just in the United States but abroad. They have not stopped the spread. And particularly with Delta, which is even more transmissible, if it didn't stop it before, it definitely ain't going to stop it now."  On Friday, Florida reported 21,683 new infections, the most COVID-19 cases in the state in a single day since the start of the pandemic, according to data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Sunday, Florida had 10,207 people hospitalized from COVID-19 complications, which broke a previous record from more than half a year before vaccines were widely available, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  In July, Florida was one of four states that accounted for 40% of the country's total infections, White House...
    Tourists on Miami beaches. Photo: Joe Raedle / . / . Faced with the alarming rise in the covid-19 in Florida and a single weekly information on its incidence by the Republican Government Ron DeSantisFlorida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Thursday offered the first independent report on the impact of the pandemic. Fried said at a press conference that there is a “gap” of data on the covid-19 in Florida and assured that in recent weeks there has been a “real increase” in cases, which has led county authorities as Miami-Dade to re-impose the obligation to wear a mask in government buildings. FIGHT FOR INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 The head of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services indicated that, since Wednesday, there have been 16,038 new cases and 92 deaths, figures based on data shared by the Florida Department of Health with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. of Diseases (CDC) of the USA. This is Fried’s first pandemic-oriented briefing since Ron DeSantis suspended daily updates in early June. This Wednesday the...
    Yolo County on Tuesday ordered that everyone must wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status, beginning Friday. In issuing the order, the county’s Health Department said cases of coronavirus per 100,000 residents has risen eight-fold, from 1.2 to 10, since June 15, when the county lifted capacity limits and other restrictions on businesses and allowed vaccinated people to go unmasked in most settings. The Health Department said the Delta variant, more than twice as contagious as the original virus, was to blame for mounting cases and an increase in hospitalizations. “With case rates as high as they are and rising, everybody needs to add an additional layer of protection in the form of a mask when they are indoors,” Dr. Aimee Sisson, Yolo County’s public health officer, said in a statement. The mask mandate will not be lifted until the county’s case rate falls below 2 cases per 100,000 residents for seven consecutive days, according to a statement from the county health department. Yolo County health officials urged residents to get vaccinated, saying...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides weekly updates on coronavirus in Minnesota on Tuesdays that cover COVID-19 in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present.  This week in COVID-19 news The Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday recommended that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in places where cases of COVID-19 are surging. The agency is also recommending that students and staff — regardless of vaccination status — wear masks in schools. According to the New York Times, federal health officials changed guidance at least in part in light of research that suggests even vaccinated people can be infected by COVID-19 and with the Delta variant, potentially harbor large viral loads in their noses and throats, which means they might spread it to other people. Article continues after advertisement In a media briefing Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health expressed concern about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases. Officials said the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, believed...