US White House rolls out future pandemic preparedness plan; Hawaii begs travelers to stay away: COVID-19 updates
Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu tests positive for COVID-19, could return for Week 1
Mathieu is fully vaccinated, which means he could return to team activities without completing an isolation period of at least 10 days if he produces two negative virus tests taken 24 hours apart. McDowell added Mathieu was asymptomatic as of Wednesday afternoon. In a corresponding roster move, Kansas City re-signed wide receiver Marcus Kemp. For now, Mathieu is on track to be available for the regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns held at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 12.
The White House is preparing for future pandemics.
The Biden administration unveiled a plan Friday to upgrade the country's ability to respond to biological threats, comparing its scope to the Apollo Program, which was initiated to put a man on the moon.
"We need better capabilities because there's a reasonable likelihood that another serious pandemic that could be worse than COVID-19 will occur soon and possibly even within the next decade," said Eric Lander, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Hawaii health care workers decry lack of COVID mandates
HONOLULU (AP) — Health care workers in Hawaii say a lack of government action is worsening an already crippling surge of coronavirus cases in the islands, and without effective policy changes the state’s limited hospitals could face a grim crisis. “Soon we’re going to be in a situation where we’re going to ration health care,” said Dr. Jonathan Dworkin, an infectious diseases specialist in Hawaii. Dworkin said that while mandates may be unpopular, rationing Hawaii's limited health care resources is “going to be far more ugly.” “It involves making decisions about who lives and dies,” he said.
The cost? $65.3 billion over the next decade. A good chunk of that money will go toward vaccine development and distribution, the White House said. Administration officials are hoping an initial $15 billion will pass through Congress as part of the massive $3.5 trillion spending package on the table for this fall.
The plan includes:
- Dramatically expanding the arsenal of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.
- Strengthening public health systems both in the U.S. and internationally.
- Improving the ability of the U.S. to produce personal protective equipment and other vital supplies.
- Improving early detection of pandemic threats.
- Creating a centralized “mission control” to be in charge of an effort that will draw on multiple federal agencies.
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Hawaii health care workers decry lack of COVID mandates
HONOLULU (AP) — Health care workers in Hawaii say a lack of government action is worsening an already crippling surge of coronavirus cases in the islands, and without effective policy changes the state’s limited hospitals could face a grim crisis. “Soon we’re going to be in a situation where we’re going to ration health care,” said Dr. Jonathan Dworkin, an infectious diseases specialist in Hawaii. Dworkin said that while mandates may be unpopular, rationing Hawaii's limited health care resources is “going to be far more ugly.” “It involves making decisions about who lives and dies,” he said. “I hate the idea of having to make a decision about who’s going to get oxygen.
► New Zealand reported its first COVID death in over six months on Saturday — a woman in her 90s who had underlying health conditions, according to authorities. New Zealand remains in lockdown that began last month after one positive case.
► A German man attacked health care workers at a vaccination site after he demanded a vaccination certificate without receiving a shot, and they refused to give it to him. Police said he became violent and injured two workers, who were treated in a hospital and later released.
► Michigan schools this year are still required to display information about reported COVID-19 cases publicly on their websites, under an order from the state health department last October..
???? Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 39.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 648,100 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 220.3 million cases and 4.5 million deaths. More than 175.8 million Americans — 52% of the population — have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
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Hawaii struggles with delta surge, begs travelers to stay away
Hawaii has already reported more than twice as many coronavirus cases this year as it did in all of 2020, Johns Hopkins University data show.
The data show Hawaii had been reporting 66,778 COVID-19 cases through Saturday afternoon. It had reported 22,007 cases in all of 2020.
The annual comparisons don't begin to tell how much Hawaii struggled with a wave of cases pushed by the delta variant. In just the last month, Hawaii has reported more cases than it did in all of last year.
Hawaii's governor has begged tourists to stay away from the islands through October.
– Mike Stucka
Union urges NFL to adopt daily COVID-19 testing for vaccinated players
There’s a decent chance that the COVID-19 pandemic will play more of a role during the 2021 NFL season than last year. We’re seeing relaxed protocols from the league as it relates to fully vaccinated players with Week 1 of the campaign slated to get going Thursday evening. It has already led to some COVID-related issues for teams. That includes star guard Zack Martin and the Dallas Cowboys with their opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mere days away. Despite being fully vaccinated, Martin tested positive for the virus and will miss the game.NFLPA president JC Tretter of the Cleveland Browns touched on this recently.
Kentucky health care workers sue over COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Claiming mandatory COVID-19 vaccines are "a fraud upon the entire American public,"challenging a requirement they be vaccinated.
The 93-page lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Covington, comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases — largely among unvaccinated patients — that threatens to overwhelm most Kentucky hospitals. Fueled by the delta variant, COVID-19 continues to affect Kentuckians in record numbers.
The lawsuit follows an announcement Aug. 5 by most of the state's major hospital systems, including St. Elizabeth's, based in Northern Kentucky, that they would require vaccines for all workers without a medical or religious exemption to try control the surge of COVID-19 in Kentucky.
– Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal
Denmark bans unvaccinated US tourists
Denmark is, joining a growing list of European Union member states that are tightening travel restrictions as COVID-19 cases rise.
The change comes after the country moved the U.S. to its "orange" travel advisory category on Saturday. Previously, U.S. tourists could enter Denmark by showing a negative test or proof of recovery. Entry requirements do not change for fully vaccinated U.S. travelers, who are still exempt from testing and quarantine requirements.
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The Netherlands, another EU member state, on Saturday started enforcing a quarantine period for vaccinated U.S. travelers and prohibited entry among unvaccinated travelers. Bulgaria announced it would prohibit travel from the U.S. and Italy added testing and self-isolation requirements for U.S. travelers..
– Bailey Schulz
What we know about the mu variant
Theby the World Health Organization and has spread across Chile, Peru and parts of the U.S. and Europe.
The mu variant is the fifth variant of interest currently being monitored by the organization. Stuart Ray, a professor of medicine at John Hopkins University, said the variant accounts for most cases in Colombian, Chile and Peru, but only some cases in the U.S. as of right now.
As of now, Ray said what’s concerning is mu obtains similarities to deadlier variants such as the delta variant, which is the cause of over 99% of cases in the U.S..
– Gabriela Miranda
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COVID-19 may have made a future pandemic—from a lab leak, bioterrorism or natural causes—more likely. Is Biden making the right moves to protect us?"Without a doubt, COVID-19 has changed the threat landscape," says Peggy Hamburg, former FDA commissioner and now vice president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonpartisan think tank on global security.