More people are deciding to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in some pockets of the United States where vaccination rates are low and rates of COVID-19 infection are high.
White House Deputy Principal Press Secretary Karen Jean-Pierre Friday said This is the third week that the states with the most cases have the highest rates of new vaccination.
She said the average number of people getting their first shot each day has increased by 30% over the past week alone.
Jean-Pierre added that Friday saw more than half a million new gunshots fired – the highest number since July 1.
Cyrus Shahbar, director of COVID-19 data at the White House, said 857,000 additional doses were given Friday, up from 600,000 the previous Friday. He He said 712,000 doses were administered on SaturdayCompared to 403 thousand last Saturday.
More residents of the country’s hardest-hit states are rushing to get vaccinated amid increases in cases in the Delta, sending national numbers up.
on Friday, Many media reported Louisiana saw an 114% increase in immunizations. Arkansas saw a 96% increase while Alabama and Missouri saw a 65% and 49% increase, respectively.
“This is an encouraging sign but we need everyone across the country to have a conversation with someone they know who is not immune about getting the shot,” Jean-Pierre said. “This is how we will stop the spread of the delta variable.”
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► Lollapalooza, Chicago’s largest music festival, is currently going on with huge crowds and is expected to be at full capacity with approximately 100,000 visitors per day over four days. The festival requires attendees to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or have tested negative for the virus within the past 72 hours, but Infectious disease experts from Northwestern University They are warning of potential spikes in COVID-19 infections amid already rising case numbers in the city.
► Although every other American swimmer wears a mask during interviews with reporters, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee has Unvaccinated swimmer Michael Andrew allowed not to wear a mask. Citing the Tokyo COVID-19 Protocols Playbook released in June, USOPC said athletes can remove their masks for interviews.
► Amid fears that summer holidays will lead to increases in Germany’s relatively low case rate, the country will require people who have not been vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19 A negative test result appears.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Friday that emergency medical responders in New Orleans have been so hard hit by the resurgence of COVID-19 cases that the city does not have the capacity to adequately handle 911 calls. According to CNN. Cantrell announced new mask mandates and an increase in EMS resources.
► Audience members on Broadway shows Producers announced Friday that they will have to show proof of vaccination and wear masks in theaters.
► Disney World and Disneyland require all employees to be vaccinated, and visitors must wear masks again.
► Where many people complain about brain fog, attention problems and confusion after COVID-19, Researchers are exploring whether infection has long-term consequences for the brain. In several trials announced Thursday, scientists have found changes in brain biology after hospitalization with COVID-19.
► The IRS has announced that it will expand tax credits for employers who give their employees paid time off to get vaccinated against COVID-19, encouraging them to take time to vaccinate people.
📈Today’s numbers: According to The New York Times, the United States has recorded more than 34.9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 6,131,006 deaths. Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: more than 197.3 million cases and 4.2 million deaths. More than 164.1 million Americans – 49.5% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Coronavirus outbreak shows national spotlight that ‘vaccines work’
The COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts was key to health officials’ decision Expand hide recommendations Health experts say it could have been much worse without vaccines.
Fully vaccinated people made up nearly three-quarters of COVID-19 infections after the Fourth of July events in Provincetown, the Massachusetts community examined, according to a CDC study published Friday in the agency’s Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report. The seaside tourist area is located in the county with the highest vaccination rate in Massachusetts.
Dr. Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement that the findings “raised concerns that, unlike other variables, vaccination of people with delta virus could transmit the virus.”
But the outbreak, fueled by a highly contagious delta variant, would have been much worse without vaccines.
“Vaccines are working. Of the 900 cases associated with the Provincetown cluster, there have been no deaths, 7 hospitalizations, and symptoms are largely mild.” Alex Morse tweeted, Provincetown City Manager.
“The outbreak is contained and Provincetown is safe.”
Dr Ashish K Jha, Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, described these “very low rates” on TwitterHe added that the figures “are consistent with the theme that vaccines prevent serious diseases.”
Jha said that “thousands of people (some of whom were not vaccinated) turned out to celebrate the 4th of July”, and “stacked bars and clubs and a lot of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in confined spaces” created “ideal conditions for the spread of COVID”.
“Bottom line, the spread of the disease in Pei Town would have become a nightmare if no one had been vaccinated,” he said.
Eric Topol, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, described Provincetown as “possibly the worst case scenario.” on Twitter The added vaccines are very effective in protecting against hospitalization and severe cases.
Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, He said on Twitter While there have been some superhuman injuries, “the vaccines were still very effective, and they saved lives” in Provincetown.
New cases break some local and state records
A deluge of delta cases is breaking records in the number of cases per week in some places in the US, including dozens of parishes in Louisiana, 10 counties in Florida, three counties in Mississippi, and three counties in Oregon. The increase also works out all case records in two states: Louisiana and Hawaii, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.
On Friday, Florida recorded a weekly number of cases of 110,447, surpassing the weekly case count of 83,090 last summer. Friday’s count puts the state with the second-worst rate of new cases per person, behind only Louisiana.
While Louisiana has a population of 4.6 million, it is responsible for more new COVID-19 cases than New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island and Delaware combined. The combined population of these six states is 43.3 million.
Congress fails to extend eviction moratorium, despite last-minute efforts
After scrambling to vote all day, the House of Representatives on Friday held He failed to pass a bill that would have extended a freeze on evictions Which is due to expire on Saturday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Webb James Claiborne issued a joint statement about the failed bill blaming Republicans.
“It is deeply disappointing that House and Senate Republicans have refused to work with us on this issue,” they wrote in the statement. “We strongly urge them to reconsider their opposition to helping millions of Americans and instead join us to help the tenants and landlords most affected by the pandemic and prevent a nationwide eviction crisis.”
– Chelsea Cox and Ella Lee
Six positive tests for COVID on the Royal Caribbean ship
Leanne Sierra Caro, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean, confirmed to USA TODAY Friday that six passengers on board the Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas train, which departed Nassau on Saturday, have tested positive for COVID-19. All of them are US citizens.
The tests are back as part of a routine end-of-flight test, which is offered as a courtesy by the cruise line because most passengers need to show evidence of a negative test in order to return home. Travelers traveling to the United States from international destinations are required to show evidence of a negative COVID test result or prove that they have recovered from the virus within the past three months.
“These guests were quarantined and then retested with a PCR test to confirm their diagnosis,” Sierra Caro said. Passengers were offered PCR and antigen tests, depending on their destination. The tests that came back positive were rapid tests, and those passengers were retested Thursday or Friday with a PCR test, which is more reliable.
Contributing: Mike Stuka, USA Today; Jeffrey Schwers, Tallahassee Democrat; Associated Press