COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in New England have been steadily dropping as greater than 60% of residents in all six states have acquired no less than one dose of the vaccine.
But the Deep South states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, as compared, are the least vaccinated at round 35%, and new cases relative to the inhabitants are usually operating larger there than in most of New England. Nationally, about 50% of Americans have acquired no less than one shot.
In a sequence of tweets final weekend, Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island, contrasted the comparatively low vaccination charges in Springfield, Massachusetts, one of the area’s largest, poorest and most racially numerous cities, with the near-complete vaccination of Newton, an prosperous, largely white Boston suburb.
“So if you are in a high vaccination state, your job is not done,” Jha wrote. “Because across America, there are too many people and communities for whom vaccines still remain out of reach.”
The seven-day average of new, each day coronavirus cases dropped to 13,277, the primary time it has fallen under 15,000 because the first weeks of the pandemic in March of 2020, high U.S. well being officers mentioned Tuesday.
Still, experts say a summer time surge may emerge in states lifting restrictions regardless of lagging in vaccination charges.
“Threats remain,” warned Andy Slavitt, who on Wednesday leaves his submit as White House senior adviser for COVID-19 response. “We must push harder so more Americans can return to normal life and the peace of mind that come with being vaccinated.”
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►India’s each day coronavirus infections have dropped under 100,000 for the primary time in additional than two months, as the monstrous surge that beset the nation final month has receded.
►The extremely transmissible delta variant now makes up 6% of infections within the United States, the Biden administration mentioned Tuesday.
►Coronavirus case counts have plummeted in Michigan to a stage final seen in July 2020 as the share of Michiganders 16 and older who’ve gotten no less than one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approaches 60%. Hospitalizations from the virus even have plunged — dropping 83% because the peak of the final surge in Michigan.
►More than half of all California residents reside in yellow-tier counties forward of California’s reopening subsequent week, the state’s division of well being introduced Tuesday.
►Several dozen staffers at Houston Methodist Hospital, which turned the primary main well being care system within the U.S. to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations, had been suspended with out pay this week for not complying with the hospital’s full vaccination requirement. The staffers characterize lower than one p.c of the hospital’s roughly 26,000 worker workforce.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has greater than 33.39 million confirmed coronavirus cases and no less than 598,000 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins University data. The world totals: Over 173.8 million cases and over 3.74 million deaths. Nearly 140.4 million Americans have been absolutely vaccinated — 42.3% of the inhabitants, in keeping with the CDC.
📘 What we’re studying: Summer trip season is underway and not using a key component this 12 months: packed flights between the United States and London due to COVID travel restrictions.
Ohio reviews 20,000 COVID-19 deaths since pandemic’s begin – but in addition lowest quantity of hospitalizations thus far
Ohio crossed two COVID-19 milestones on Tuesday, reporting greater than 20,000 deaths because the starting of the pandemic and reporting the fewest quantity of folks at the moment hospitalized statewide.
Since the pandemic started, 20,021 folks have died on account of COVID-19, the Ohio Department of Health reported Tuesday.
December stays the deadliest month for the coronavirus in Ohio, with 5,520 deaths, in keeping with state information. But deaths fell sharply in January and February, after older Ohioans and folks dwelling in nursing properties had been in a position to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile, solely 503 COVID-19 constructive sufferers had been being handled in Ohio hospitals Tuesday, the bottom quantity seen because the Ohio Hospital Association started gathering information in March 2020. That’s down from a excessive of 5,308 on Dec. 15, 2020 and 1,058 only one month in the past.
And as of Tuesday, practically 5.4 million Ohioans (46.18% of the state’s inhabitants) had acquired no less than one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and practically 4.8 million folks, or 41% of the inhabitants, had accomplished a vaccine routine.
– Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati Enquirer
Federal authorities are giving their blessing for Americans to go to our neighboring nations to the north and south, as lengthy as vacationers are vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised travel health notices for dozens of nations to a lower-risk tier, adjusting journey steerage for vaccinated Americans within the course of. Among the 62 locations that dropped from “COVID-19 very high” Level 4 tier to “COVID-19 high” Level 3 tier are Canada, Mexico, Japan, Italy, France and Germany.
The CDC recommends avoiding countries at Level 4 and says guests to Level 3 nations must be absolutely vaccinated towards the coronavirus. It discourages nonessential journey to the latter group by those that aren’t vaccinated.
– Bailey Schulz
Fake COVID-19 vaccination playing cards are circulating the web, unlawful promoting and buying on websites like Amazon
Fake COVID-19 vaccination playing cards are being offered online throughout varied platforms, from Amazon to Telegram. Amazon has since taken down the seller, however photos shared on Twitter present what was as soon as reside – a 10-pack of clean vaccination playing cards for $12.99.
The playing cards had been by no means meant to show somebody’s vaccination standing within the long-term, the Federal Trade Commission said in a statement acknowledging the fraudulent playing cards. Some organizations and states created apps and digital passports to show vaccination, however there isn’t a widespread observe. Scammers are making use of the confusion to revenue from the faux vaccination playing cards.
Scammers have additionally discovered area on Telegram, the messaging service and app, to promote faux COVID-19 vaccine playing cards, BuzzFeed News discovered.
The FBI shared a public service announcement in March saying that it’s unlawful to make or purchase the vaccination playing cards as a result of it’s a misuse of the official authorities company’s seal. They additionally shared that it places others in danger of contracting COVID-19.
Contributing: The Associated Press.