A recent report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that mask mandates were associated with a decrease in COVID-19 cases and deaths, while reopening food was associated with increases.
Rochelle Wallinski, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday that the report was a “warning” about the dangers of prematurely removing the mask.
Walinsky said in White House News on COVID-19 that the daily incidence and deaths of COVID-19 have stabilized around 60,000 to 70,000 cases per day and 2,000 deaths per day, numbers that remain “very high” and where they have been in the summer wave. conference.
Meanwhile, the The Senate has continued to debate President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion stimulus bill. Saturday, a compromise was reached to extend the $ 300 weekly unemployment benefit after hours of negotiations.
Also in the news:
The White House announced the opening of two new mass vaccination sites soon, in Atlanta and Cleveland, each with the capacity to provide 6,000 daily injections of the Coronavirus.
► Albertson It will continue to require shoppers in Texas to wear masks in its stores After the state raises its demand on March 10.
Government. Andrew Como The administration successfully lobbied the New York Department of Health To strip the full number of COVID-19 deaths attributed to nursing homes from a government report released last July, New York times And the Wall Street Journal mentioned.
► The creator of a viral GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $ 100,000 before is being sued California Woman Shame On Barista Online To require them to wear a mask inside the Starbucks store in San Diego.
► California officials allow people to attend Major League Baseball and other sports, go to Disneyland and watch live shows In limited capacities, as of April 1.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 28.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 522,000 deaths, According to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: More than 116 million cases and 2.57 million deaths. More than 114.1 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the United States and nearly 85 million doses. According to the CDC.
📘 What we read: Public health experts have criticized countries that have canceled mask mandates this week. But they also warn of yet another threat at a critical juncture in the nation’s pandemic – The number of Americans getting tested for the Coronavirus has decreased dramatically.
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Oregon orders schools to return children to the classroom
Oregon Schools It should be reopened for personal or blended learning by mid-April, According to an executive order from Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday.
Coming up, each district will need to provide personalized instruction to K-5 students by March 29, and in areas where counties meet COVID-19 standards, students in grades 6 through 12 by April 19.
“After the weeks of March 29 and April 19, all public schools in Oregon will operate under a full-on-site education model or a blended learning model when counties meet or exceed advisory COVID-19 standards in Oregon,” the governor’s office stated in a news item. Release. “Individual students or parents who wish to remain in comprehensive distance learning, or who have health needs, may do so.”
– Jordin Brown and Natalie Pate, Register-Guard
Arizona lifts occupancy restrictions on companies
Citing the availability of expanded vaccine and declining numbers of COVID-19 cases, Governor Doug Ducey on Friday He announced that he would ease emergency restrictions It was previously placed on companies.
While requirements for masking and physical distancing will not change, companies including bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters and water parks can now operate at full capacity. Spring training and major league sports can also transfer after safety plans are submitted and approved.
“We have learned a lot over the past year,” Duce said in a statement accompanying the surprise announcement, which came two days after he ordered schools to return to personal learning by March 15th.
Maria Polita, Arizona Republic
Just six months ago, nearly half of Americans said in a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center that they were either insistent or unlikely to get a vaccine against COVID-19. That number shrank by double digits over the course of the months, as 30% of Americans said they were not currently planning to get a vaccine. I found a new survey.
The survey found that about 69% of Americans say they already have or plan to get the vaccine.
The number of people hesitant about the vaccine has slowly decreased over the months. in SeptemberA Pew poll found that 49% of Americans weren’t ready for a chance at the time. In November, This number has decreased to 39%. This latest survey, conducted in February, found it dropped to 30%.
Those opposed to getting a vaccine put a variety of reasons, from concerns about side effects and the rapid pace of its development, to a desire to know how effective they are at fighting the disease first.
The Nine US Supreme Court justices were fully vaccinated A court spokeswoman said Friday.
The effort took several weeks: the court said in January that judges were “in the process” of receiving their vaccines, and CNN reported in January that Supreme Court President John Roberts received two doses of Pfizer.
This news comes nearly a year after the court stopped conducting face-to-face oral arguments due to the pandemic. These arguments are now taking place over the phone.
On Friday, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg confirmed that vaccinations are now complete for all nine judges.
The Como Administration rewrote a report on nursing homes to hide the number of COVID-19 deaths: Reports
The Como Administration Reports of COVID-19 deaths In nursing homes, another round of criticism was leveled late Thursday after the total death toll was revealed stripped of a government report last July.
The report, issued by the Ministry of Health last summer, has long been criticized for not including the number of deaths in nursing homes that occurred in hospitals, which has significantly reduced the number of deaths.
Now the reason is more apparent: The Como administration pressured the Health Ministry not to include the full number of deaths attributed to nursing homes in the report, according to New York times And the The Wall Street Journal. Instead, the report cited the death of more than 6,200 nursing home residents, instead of the nearly 10,000 home residents who died there or in hospital.
The low number of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo allowed more emphasis on the state’s response to the pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 48,000 New Yorkers. He wrote a book in October to polish his picture on reducing the state’s death toll and issues through government action.
– Joseph Spector, USA TODAY Network in New York
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Study: Mask Mandates Linked to Decreased Cases and Deaths Reopening Food Associated with Increases
Rochelle Wallinski, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday that a new report on the link between face masks, COVID-19 cases and deaths is a “warning” about the risks of removing the mask prematurely.
A recent report found that mask mandates were associated with a decrease in COVID-19 cases and deaths while reopening of food was associated with increases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Disease Control and Prevention Weekly Report:
- Mandate masks were associated with a decrease in daily COVID-19 cases and death growth rates within 20 days of the order going into effect.
- Allowing restaurants to reopen to eat inside or outside was associated with an increase in daily case growth rates within 41 to 100 days after the ban was lifted and an increase in daily death growth rates 61-100 days after implementation.
The study looked at county-level data on mask orders and restaurants and found that mask mandates applied to 73.6% of 3,142 U.S. counties from March to December 2020, while 97.9% of U.S. counties allowed restaurants to reopen their doors to workplace dining during the same period.
Ryan W. Miller and Crystal Hayes
Contribution: Jordan Colfer, USA Today; Associated Press