About 2.75 million entered, however solely two gained Ohio’s first Vax-a-Million drawing. Abbigail Bugenske, 22, of Silverton, gained the $1 million prize and Joseph Costello, 14, of Englewood, gained a full-ride school scholarship.
“It absolutely has not processed yet … it feels like this is happening to a different person,” Bugenske said at a press conference Thursday. “I cannot believe it.”
Bugenske, an engineer at GE Aviation, was driving to her dad and mom home exterior Cleveland when she received the excellent news Wednesday evening in a name from Gov. Mike DeWine. The latest Michigan State University graduate had forgotten that the lottery winner was going to be introduced that evening.
Joseph does not know what he desires to check but however mentioned he’s concerned about attending Ohio State University or Miami University, DeWine’s alma mater.
On May 12, DeWine introduced that Ohio would use federal stimulus cash to pay for 5 $1 million prizes and 5 school scholarships as a solution to revive curiosity within the COVID-19 vaccinations. Four extra drawings will probably be held within the coming weeks with 4 adults profitable $1 million every and 4 youngsters 12 to 17 profitable a school scholarship.
– Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati Enquirer
Also within the information:
►Vaccinated youngsters 12 to 17 may have an opportunity to win a full journey to public universities and faculties in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo mentioned the state will raffle off 50 scholarships, which might cowl 4 years of tuition, room and board, books and provides.
►Disneyland followers won’t need a California address to get into the park after June 14. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will welcome guests from exterior the state starting June 15, park officials said. The park had reopened in late April after a 412-day, pandemic-induced shutdown – however solely to California residents.
►43% of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders 18 to 44 really feel COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, mentioned a survey by the Pacific Islander Center of Primary Care Excellence and the American Association of Psychologists, reported The Yappie.
►Pedestrian advocates wish to maintain a few of San Francisco’s most outstanding streets, such as the main road into Golden Gate Park, off-limits to automobiles. Others are pushing again, saying they should drive to work, drop off youngsters and get round. The debate has been marked by dueling rallies and strident arguments over security and local weather change within the densely packed metropolis.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has greater than 33.1 million confirmed coronavirus instances and 591,900 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 168 million instances and 3.5 million deaths. More than 359.8 million vaccine doses have been distributed within the U.S. and greater than 289.2 million have been administered, according to the CDC. More than 131.8 million Americans have been totally vaccinated – 39.7% of the inhabitants.
📘 What we’re studying: Millions of school-age youngsters spent the final educational yr making an attempt to be taught at house because the COVID-19 pandemic raged round them. For many, it wasn’t straightforward, and once they return to buildings within the fall, they’re going to want additional assist, experts say.
- Ten states reach 70% vaccine purpose
- Testing declining sharply however stays crucial device
- ‘PTSD from COVID’ might imply despair will not ease with pandemic
- Super incentive: Vaccination could win trip to Super Bowl
- FDA authorizes third antibody drug
- WHO reports cases and deaths have dropped globally
- Biden tells companies to step up probe into coronavirus origins
Ten states, principally within the Northeast, have now reached President Joe Biden’s purpose to vaccinate not less than 70% of adults with not less than one dose by July 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. And a number of research are indicating that immunity could persist for months – and even years.
A majority of individuals contaminated by COVID-19 nonetheless have antibodies in opposition to the virus 10 months later, in keeping with a examine revealed this week. Two different research revealed Monday studied individuals who had been uncovered to the virus a yr in the past and located that cells retain a reminiscence of the coronavirus that solely strengthens over time.
National Institutes of Health director Anthony Fauci mentioned Wednesday at an appropriations listening to that individuals who have been vaccinated will in all probability must get a booster shot to take care of their immunity, however when that shot could also be is unclear.
A yr or so in the past it was virtually inconceivable to get a COVID take a look at. Now they’re in every single place, and no person is utilizing them. But consultants say testing will remain a vital tool to track the virus. About 1 in 5 Americans mentioned they may undoubtedly not get vaccinated or will get a shot provided that required, in keeping with a Kaiser Family Foundation ballot launched this month. Some Americans with compromised immune techniques or different well being situations who get vaccinated won’t be totally protected. And even immunized folks in uncommon cases can get sickened with breakthrough infections. Read more here.
“Testing remains essential,” mentioned Jennifer Nuzzo, lead epidemiologist for the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. “It is the foundation of our surveillance for this virus. It is how we understand is the situation is getting better or worse.”
– Ken Alltucker
Numerous research present a depression spike among college-age young adults and an enhance in anti-depressant drug refills. As these college students graduate and be a part of the workforce, they achieve this with out the free or low-cost psychological well being care out there at school, worrying economists. So well being care professionals are calling on universities to develop, not trim, on-campus counseling sources for college students and workers once they restore in-person instruction in a couple of months.
“I do worry that once things are back to normal, colleges are going to become complacent,” mentioned Gerri Taylor of the American College Health Association. “I think there’s going to be a backlash, a sort of PTSD, from COVID.”
– Lindsay Schnell
CVS Health announced Thursday that it will allow people who get vaccinated at its stores, have gotten vaccinated at its stores or show they intend to do so to enter a sweepstakes giveaway for a variety of prizes, including a trip to the Super Bowl, $5,000 to fund a family reunion, cruises or cash. This “will bring us one step closer to all the things we’ve missed during the past 14 months and keep our country moving in the right direction,” said Kyu Rhee, chief medical officer of CVS Health, in a statement.
– Nathan Bomey
U.S. health officials have granted emergency authorization to a third antibody drug to help reduce hospitalizations and deaths because of COVID-19.
The FDA said Wednesday that it authorized the drug from GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology for people with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 who face extra risks of severe illness, including seniors and those with underlying health problems.
There has been low demand for two similar drugs already available, due mainly to the logistical hurdles of delivering them and confusion about their availability. U.S. health officials have been trying to raise awareness of the treatments, connecting people who test positive for COVID-19 with information about nearby providers.
The drugs are delivered as a one-time intravenous infusion at a hospital or clinic and should be given within 10 days of the start of symptoms.
The World Health Organization reported Tuesday that coronavirus cases have dropped 14% worldwide in the past week, and deaths are down 2%. Over 4.1 million new cases have been reported, as well as 84,000 deaths.
Though encouraging, the WHO still warns that cases were still rising in many regions, like in India and Central America.
“There’ll come a time when we can all take off our masks, no longer have to keep our distance from each other, can go safely to concerts, sporting events, rallies and restaurants – as people in some countries are able to do now because they have no COVID-19 transmission,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a Monday COVID briefing. “But for most of the world’s population who aren’t yet vaccinated, we’re not there yet.”
Days after a U.S. intelligence report revived considerations in regards to the origins of COVID-19, President Joe Biden mentioned Wednesday that he has requested the intelligence group to “redouble” its investigatory efforts into how and the place the coronavirus emerged.
“I have now asked the Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days,” Biden mentioned in an announcement.
The order comes after stories that three researchers at a lab in Wuhan, China, town the place the coronavirus pandemic is believed to have originated, fell sick within the fall of 2019.