A number of states seeing surges in COVID-19 instances are coping with such an inflow of sick residents that hospital beds are drying up.
New Mexico’s high well being officers have needed to set up a ready checklist for intensive care unit beds for the primary time ever and so they’re warning that the state is a couple of week away from having to ration medical care as coronavirus infections climb and nurses are briefly provide.
Well being and Human Providers Secretary Dr. David Scrase stated there was a 20% enhance in COVID sufferers in simply the final day, and New Mexico is on tempo to surpass its worst-case projections for instances and hospitalizations. Knowledge reveals 90% of the instances since February have been among the many unvaccinated.
He stated the outcome could also be that “we’re going to have to decide on who will get care and who doesn’t get care, and we don’t wish to get to that time.”
The variety of instances in Ohio can be inflicting some hospitals to plan for probably halting elective procedures that require an in a single day keep due to rising COVID-19 hospitalizations.
“As a result of fluid nature of this fourth surge, we are going to regularly monitor capability and pause or resume elective surgical procedures with an in a single day keep as wanted,” learn an announcement from OhioHealth, which operates 12 hospitals throughout the state.
Three OhioHealth hospitals’ intensive care models had been above 90% capability as of the week of Aug. 13, the latest date for which capability information was obtainable from the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers. One was 99% full, the information reveals.
Additionally within the information:
►The Tennessee state well being commissioner says youngsters now account for greater than a 3rd of the state’s COVID-19 instances; there was a 57% enhance the previous week in contrast with the week prior.
►About 89% of federal rental help permitted by Congress stays unspent at the same time as a possible eviction disaster looms.
►Massachusetts issued a masks mandate for Okay-12 college students statewide, requiring college students over the age of 5 to put on face coverings indoors till a minimum of October.
►Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is dealing with two lawsuits over pandemic-related insurance policies. One go well with targets her choice to finish a set of federal unemployment profit packages early and the opposite considerations the state’s ban on masks mandates in colleges.
📈At the moment’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded greater than 38 million confirmed COVID-19 instances and greater than 632,000 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins College information. World totals: Greater than 214 million instances and 4.4 million deaths. Greater than 171 million People – 51.7% of the inhabitants – have been absolutely vaccinated, in response to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
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Research: Threat of coronary heart irritation after COVID far better than after vaccine
Myocarditis has in rare cases been linked to COVID-19 vaccination, primarily in young men and male teens, but the study found COVID-19 was more likely to cause the condition and many other side effects.
The study is the first to assess the potential risks of vaccination “in the context of understanding the potential benefits of vaccination,” said Dr. Grace Lee, an infectious disease expert at Stanford University.
“If the reason that someone so far has been hesitating to get the vaccine is fear of this very rare and usually not very serious adverse event called myocarditis, well, this study shows that that very same adverse event is actually associated with a higher risk if you’re not vaccinated and you get infected,” study co-author Ben Reis told the New York Times.
Are schools adding to spike in COVID cases among kids? Partly, experts say.
After a year of virtual school, students and parents alike were excited for the return of in-person learning. But just as quickly as the new school year started, many children were sent back home after a slew of COVID-19 outbreaks forced them into quarantine.
In Florida, school districts around the state, including in Jacksonville’s Duval County, are closing schools as cases rise. New Orleans School District saw 299 active COVID-19 cases and more than 3,000 students and staff in quarantine, according to district data. A Mississippi public health official said about 20,000 students across the state are in quarantine.
School outbreaks caused by high community transmission and lack of mitigation measures have not only disrupted academic plans, health experts say, but also may be contributing to a spike in COVID-19 cases among children across the country. They worry cases will continue to rise if schools don’t implement masking and other basic prevention measures, and adults in the community remain unvaccinated.
“As you look at the age specific cases over the past couple of weeks, the reason why we’re seeing a pronounced difference between school-age children and everybody else is primarily because they’re back in schools full time,” said Jason Salemi, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.
– Adrianna Rodriguez
New York adds 12K COVID deaths from nursing homes, hospitals
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, on her first day in office, acknowledged nearly 12,000 more deaths in the state from COVID-19 than had been publicized by her predecessor, Andrew Cuomo.
New York now reports nearly 55,400 people have died of COVID-19 in New York based on death certificate data submitted to the CDC, up from about 43,400 that Cuomo had reported to the public as of Monday, his last day in office.
“We’re now releasing more data than had been released before publicly, so people know the nursing home deaths and the hospital deaths are consistent with what’s being displayed by the CDC,” Hochul said Wednesday on MSNBC. “There’s a lot of things that weren’t happening and I’m going to make them happen. Transparency will be the hallmark of my administration.”
The Associated Press first reported in July on the large discrepancy between the fatality numbers publicized by the Cuomo administration and numbers the state was reporting to the CDC. Cuomo’s critics had long charged that he was manipulating coronavirus statics to burnish his image as a pandemic leader.
Federal prosecutors previously launched a probe examining his administration’s handling of data around deaths among nursing home patients. The state, under Cuomo, had minimized its toll of nursing home residents’ deaths by excluding all patients who died after being transferred to hospitals.
It’s the top challenge for schools welcoming students back this fall: what to do about all the children who missed huge chunks of class time, whether in person or from home, during the pandemic.
Yet 17 months after the coronavirus first swept the nation, few of America’s largest districts can provide a clear picture of which students fall into that category – raising questions about whether schools are ready for the challenge of catching students up and preparing them for adulthood.
Research suggests children who are chronically absent – meaning they miss at least 10% of a given school year – are at risk of eventually dropping out.
USA TODAY reached out to a sampling of school districts, including the country’s 10 largest before the pandemic upended enrollment, requesting data on students who were chronically absent during the past three school years. Read more here.
– Alia Wong
Contributing: The Associated Press.