US Amid COVID case surge, state sees uptick in vaccinations
Visitation suspended at Louisiana prisons amid COVID-19 surge
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections on Tuesday said it would be temporarily suspending visitation and volunteering at all state-run prisons as Louisiana is reporting record surges in COVID-19 infections among its largely unvaccinated population. The corrections agency announced in a press release that the suspension would remain in place until Aug. 16, at which point the department "will review and reconsider the need for these measures.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After months of low vaccine demand, Alabama is seeing an uptick in the number of people getting inoculated against COVID-19 as the state experiences a surge of cases and a sharp rise in hospitalizations.
Beginning on July 22, theof daily vaccinations rose to more than 10,000 on most days for the first time since May. The state delivered 16,639 doses on July 30, compared to 7,144 on June 30.
“Some people are getting the message," Dr. Jeremy Rogers, an emergency room physician and director of clinical services at Grandview Medical Center, told reporters Wednesday. “We need a lot more people to get the message to get vaccinated to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19.”
Florida breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations, as the number of patients in hospitals because of COVID-19 once again broke through the 10,000-person threshold. The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to data reported to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to data reported to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Health officials have expressed concern about the recent spike in cases, fueled by the rapidly spreading delta variant and the state's low vaccination rate.
The number of COVID-19 patients in the state's hospitals jumped from 213 on July 4 to 1,848 Thursday, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
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“The most important thing we can do right now is to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Dr. Mark Wilson, health officer for the Jefferson County Department of Health, said Wednesday.
The current hospitalization numbers are far lower than the 3,000 recorded at the peak of the pandemic in January. Health officials have expressed concern about the steep upward trend, however.
Health Minister advise on Corona vaccinations for children and adolescents
The Health Ministers of the Federation and countries advised on Monday on an expansion of vaccinations against coronavirus. A submission of Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) provides for a vaccination offer to all twelve to 17-year-olds, also there should be refresh vaccinations for particularly endangered people. Representatives of the federal government and countries were for the vaccination of young people.
Heather Lindsey, who got the shot Wednesday along with her husband and son, toldthat she had been hesitant because the vaccine has yet to get full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But her daughter, a nurse at Thomas Hospital, persuaded her to do it.
School superintendents in Alabama's Black Belt region on Thursday encouraged all eligible students to get vaccinated.
“It is critical to have safe face-to-face instruction this school year," Greene County Superintendent Dr. Corey Jones said in a statement. The more students and teachers get vaccinated, the better the schools will be protected, Jones said.
Don’t Panic, But Breakthrough Cases May Be a Bigger Issue Than You’ve Been Told .
The vaccines work very well, but current public health communications may be understating the frequency of infections among the vaccinated.The vaccines were never tested to prevent transmission, only symptomatic disease, and those who knew the science expected, from the outset, that we would see some number of such cases, and that they would be, overwhelmingly, mild. But Delta appears to have changed things. Not everything: the vaccines are working to suppress severe outcomes from covid infection — according to a New York Times analysis, by more than a factor of one hundred for some states, and at least five-fold for even the states where the effect has been most muted.