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US New Orleans EMS can't keep up with calls due to the Covid-19 surge as mayor restores a mask mandate

09:01  31 july  2021
09:01  31 july  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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The new mask mandate will remain in effect until infection rates drop back down, Davis said, and more restrictions may be ordered if necessary. "Anything is on the table if things continue to get worse, which is why we want to take action now," he said. It's not clear how effective a mask mandate will be in More than 20 million Californians, or 51% of the state's population, have been fully vaccinated against Covid - 19 . That rate exceeds the national average of 48%. Los Angeles County is at a jab rate of 52%, according to the Los Angeles Times – even though about 18% of its population is under 15 years old

County officials reinstated the mask mandate due to new Covid - 19 daily cases reaching over 1,000 every day for a week. Health officials also cited the Delta variant as a reason why people “need to reduce our risk of infection and our risk for potentially infecting others.” Villanueva, who is up for reelection next year, was quick to respond to the mandate , and made it clear that he and his officers would have no part in helping the county enforce the new rule. “Forcing the vaccinated and those who already contracted COVID - 19 to wear masks indoors is not backed by science and contradicts the

Emergency medical responders in New Orleans have been hit so hard by the resurgence in Covid-19 cases that the city doesn't have the capacity to handle 911 calls, the mayor said Friday as she announced a new mask mandate and a contract to increase EMS resources.

a group of people walking down a street: Emma Walton and Maddison Mansfield of Little Rock, Arkansas, walk down Bourbon Street in New Orleans. © Kathleen Flynn/Reuters Emma Walton and Maddison Mansfield of Little Rock, Arkansas, walk down Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

"Thanks to the Delta variant, the Covid pandemic is once again raging out of control." New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a news conference.

"We have been here before; we've seen the movie. ... What was once unpreventable, today is preventable. And it's through our people getting vaccinated."

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Biden announced the mask order on Thursday, four days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dramatically reversed its earlier guidance and recommended that vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike mask up indoors in certain areas. He has also asked the Defense Department to look into mandatory vaccination for members of the military, and said that federal contractors will need to prove their vaccination status to “do business with the federal government.” Biden pinned the US’ rising number of Covid - 19 cases on the “failure of the minority to get vaccinated.”

The staff of the hospital in Montelimar, in the French department of Drome, have gone on indefinite strike to protest the new rules demanding they take a vaccine against Covid - 19 by mid-September or face losing their jobs. However, she and her striking colleagues point out that even with the rise in positive tests for the Delta variant of the coronavirus, there is no commensurate rise in hospitalizations. “Yes, we turned ‘red’ but that's in fact due to the positive tests. In terms of hospitalizations, we are fine at the moment, we did not need to reopen beds, we have far fewer hospitalized people than before

Over the past week, the city saw more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases, Cantrell said. And the daily case average also spiked to 272, up from 104 last week, she said.

"This is a very dangerous number," she said. "Our children are dying. From two weeks old to two years old to four years old. You cannot make it up. Our children are dying."

The mayor's mask mandate is effective immediately and applies to indoor settings and large outdoor crowds. The mayor is also requiring all city employees to get vaccinated.

"You really need that mask on, period -- whether you are vaccinated and, of course, if you are unvaccinated," she said.

More than 71% of New Orleans city employees are vaccinated, but that is not good enough, Cantrell said.

With only 36.8% of Louisiana's population fully vaccinated, the state saw the country's highest case rate per 100,000 people over the past week at 573.3 cases, federal health shows.

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Vaccinated individuals accounted for three-quarters of Singapore's COVID - 19 infections in the last four weeks, but they were not falling seriously ill, government data showed, as a rapid ramp- up in inoculations leaves fewer people unvaccinated. "It's just the restrictions are likely to be higher for those unvaccinated than vaccinated people, but that may still mean they have mask mandates indoors, for instance." The Singapore data also showed that infections in the last 14 days among vaccinated people older than 61 stood at about 88%, higher than the figure of just over 70% for the younger group.

The party enjoyed a surge in popularity in early 2020, when Merkel’s government was praised for efficiently handling the Covid - 19 epidemic. The approval numbers may keep falling after a corruption scandal hit the CDU. Three MPs had to resign after being accused of taking kickbacks for arranging contracts on personal protection equipment. The linked scandals erupted earlier this month, so it remains unclear how much they will affect the outcome of the elections, considering that many voters cast their ballots early due to the Covid - 19 situation.

The state's seven-day death rate per 100,000 people is 1.7, the third-highest in the nation, with Nevada being the highest and Arkansas in second, according to the federal data published Friday.

The rise in cases has pushed Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to seriously consider a mask mandate.

"The Delta variant is a game-changer, and at this point, it's not whether we vaccinate or mask, we have to do both," Edwards said Friday at a news conference.

"Right now at least 83.7% of all the Covid cases in our region is a result of the Delta variant, and so anyone who is Covid positive in Louisiana should assume that it is from the Delta variant, and ultimately you have to take the same precautions, regardless," he said.

The variant has been spreading throughout the country, alarming health officials. Safety restrictions and mask guidances are making a return as cases rose by at least 10% in nearly every US state in the last week, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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Her website can be found at rachelmarsden.com. President Macron’s announcement that citizens must adhere to a Covid - 19 vaccination schedule, or pay for nose-swab tests every 2-3 days to live any semblance of a normal life, is the final nail in the coffin of civil liberties. It just so happens that those who refuse the QR code have to be unvaccinated by definition. Therefore, anyone who is resistant to the implementation of this new government tracking system should oppose any attempt to divide society by personal medical decisions and support individual choice of all – including the unvaccinated.

The Biden administration faces an uphill battle to meet its goals for Covid - 19 vaccinations, as a newly released poll shows that 80% of American adults who haven’ t yet recived the jab have no intention of doing so. While 83% of Democrat adults have been vaccinated, according to the Associated Press-NORC poll, just 51% of Republicans have been. And Republicans are more skeptical that the vaccines will be effective against the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid - 19 , which has driven the country’s recent jump in new cases.

The variant spreads quicker and more easily than the first coronavirus strain and can infect fully vaccinated people whose symptoms are usually milder.

And with lagging vaccination numbers, children are bearing the brunt of new cases.

Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is experiencing a spike in Covid-19 cases now that is twice what they saw in the pandemic's initial surge last year, said Dr. Trey Dunbar, the hospital's president.

"We've seen over the past couple of weeks a pretty dramatic increase," Dunbar told CNN by phone Friday. "A good number more of children are requiring hospitalization."

The hospital is currently treating seven Covid-19 patients, but Dunbar estimated eight to 12 patients are being admitted per day. The hospital is up to about six admissions per day with about 50% of those patients going to the ICU, according to Dunbar.

Meanwhile, Louisiana's Caddo Parish will require everyone to wear masks in its facilities and buildings starting Monday. According to the state health department, 32% of the parish's population is fully vaccinated.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott Says 'Shut Up, Don't Complain' to Unvaccinated Over Masks .
"It's your fault that we're going back to having an indoor mask mandate," he said at a news conference."For anyone that's frustrated about wearing a mask and you're not vaccinated, then look in the mirror. It's your fault that we're going back to having an indoor mask mandate," Scott said during a news conference on Friday, according to WBAL-TV 11.

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