US Some states may soon need to ration care; US says it can give boosters while still sharing shots abroad: Live 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.
Some states are nearing a point of having to ration care in hospitals as COVID hospitalizations surge.
For the first time, Idaho has authorized its hospitals to ration care, quietly enacting the "crisis standard of care" move Monday and publicly announcing it in a statement Tuesday — warning residents that they may not get the care they would normally expect if they're hospitalized.
At Kootenai Health hospital in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a conference center has been transformed into a field hospital with patients being treated with ventilators in classrooms, the Associated Press reported. At the nearby main hospital, COVID patients in emergency rooms are overflowing into hallways.
NBA proposes new set of strict rules for unvaccinated players
ESPN has obtained a memo from the NBA that proposes stringent protocols for the upcoming season for players who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. The memo states that unvaccinated players "will have lockers as far away as possible from their vaccinated teammates and will have to eat, fly, and ride buses in different sections." Unvaccinated players will also be subject to testing on practice days as well as game days and could be potentially be checked twice ahead of games. Other bullet points, as mentioned above, regarding the limited contact unvaccinated players can have with their inoculated teammates.
On Tuesday, there were only nine intensive care beds available in the entire state, officials said. The state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with only 40% fully vaccinated.
Kentucky, too, is rapidly approaching a crisis standard of care, its governor said Wednesday. More than two-thirds of hospitals are experiencing a critical staffing shortage, he said.
Gov. Andy Beshear told CNN the state is "right at” or “quickly approaching that point" at which hospitals will have to begin rationing care.
“So we are at a very precarious situation,” he said.
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White House says US can send vaccines globally while giving booster shots at home
The Biden administration on Wednesday gave assurances that the U.S. has the capability to both offer booster shots to its residents and share the vaccine to other nations, after the head of the World Health Organization called for a moratorium boosters until the end of the year.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that low-income countries cannot be "the second or third priority" for COVID-19 vaccines, saying their health workers, older people and other at-risk groups have the same right to be protected as those in wealthier countries.
Bills GM Brandon Beane: It's a competitive disadvantage to not be 100% vaccinated
Only three teams in the NFL have reportedly reached 100% vaccination: the Falcons, Buccaneers and Raiders.Beane was asked by John Kryk of the Toronto Sun whether it's a competitive disadvantage not to have a fully vaccinated roster. He said it is, especially when going up against a team that is fully vaccinated.
But White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday said this was a "false choice."
"The president and this administration has a responsibility to do everything we can to protect people in the United States, in this country. And as our health advisors have recommended additional booster shots, we are working to implement that. Our view is we can do both," she said.
Psaki said the U.S. has shared 140 million doses with over 90 countries to date.
Boosters are expected to become available in the U.S. beginning Sept. 20 to those who have received two doses of an mRNA vaccine at least eight months prior.
-Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY
Federal judge blocks Florida's ban on mask mandates in schools
A Florida judge Wednesdayfrom remaining in effect while he appeals an earlier ruling that struck down his order.
Circuit Judge John Cooper approved a request by lawyers for parents suing DeSantis over masks, endorsing their position that keeping the ban in place would create a potential health risk in schools.
Throwing out the automatic stay of his earlier order is unusual, Cooper conceded. But he added, “We’re not in normal times. We’re in a pandemic.”
DeSantis had ordered that counties allow parents to have their children simply opt out of mask requirements. But Cooper ruled that school boards are empowered to mandate that all students wear face coverings, unless they obtain a medical exception.
The U.S. plans to offer booster shots next month. Some health experts are wary.
Officials said data showing decline in vaccines' protection against the Delta variant prompted the decision.The Biden administration plans to begin offering Covid-19 booster shots to all American adults starting Sept. 20, amid growing evidence that a third dose of the vaccine will be needed to maintain immunity against the virus.
-John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY Network-Florida
Contributing: The Associated Press
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Why Fauci and the NIH backed Covid-19 vaccine boosters before the FDA and CDC .
In January — long before the first jabs of covid-19 vaccine were even available to most Americans — scientists working under Dr. Anthony Fauci at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases were already thinking about potential booster shots. © Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images A nurse marks a coronavirus vaccination card with a third "booster" dose of Pfizer, at a vaccine clinic hosted by The Tournament of Roses and the Pasadena Public Health Department, August 19, 2021 at Tournament House in Pasadena, California.