US US deaths in September outpacing previous months; U.N. General Assembly relying on vaccine honor system ahead of meeting: COVID-19 updates
Alabama man dies of cardiac event after 43 hospitals with full ICUs turned him away
Ray Martin DeMonia died on Sept. 1 in Meridian, Mississippi. His family struggled to find care, saying 43 hospitals had no ICU bed for him.Ray Martin DeMonia died last week in Meridian, Mississippi. He was three days shy of his 74th birthday and a well-known native in Cullman, Alabama, his family said.
With more than a third of the month remaining, the United States has already reported thousands of more deaths in September than it did in all of August.
Through Saturday, the country reported 32,526 deaths in September, compared to 27,612 in all of August. With deaths averaging nearly 2,000 per day, the U.S. is on track to exceed the total deaths of July and August combined within a matter of days, a USA TODAY analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
September is on track to be the deadliest month since February.
Pumpkin patches and Halloween parties: Experts weigh in on COVID-19 risks at fall gatherings
Regardless of your vaccination status, autumn will bring gatherings for communities throughout the U.S. Here’s what you need to know stay safe.But COVID-19 cases are still spreading throughout the country. On Labor Day, daily coronavirus infections were more than four times what the U.S. saw on the holiday last year. Hospitalizations were also up over 150%, although most individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 this year are unvaccinated.
West Virginia alone has already reported 286 deaths in September, more than double the 138 reported in August. Hawaii has already reported 113 deaths in September, compared to 52 in August.
The rise in deaths come as thenoting 99.4% of all the COVID-19 cases in the U.S. were due to the ultra-infectious delta variant. The variant has caused sudden spikes across the country, forcing some hospitals to limit care along with leading to the highest numbers of children infections since the start of the pandemic.
Nearly 30% of COVID infections across the country for the week that ended Sept. 9 were among children, according to the.
Astros right-hander Zack Greinke confirms he tested positive for COVID-19
Greinke has slowly been working his way back to the mound and will start Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers.Greinke provided an update Saturday, saying he, his wife and two sons all tested positive for COVID-19, adding that all four are fully vaccinated, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
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►For the first time in its documented history, the state of Alabama recorded more deaths than births in a year, and state health officials are attributing the 2020 population shrinkage to COVID-19. The state had 64,714 total deaths and 57,641 total births last year.
►, the comedian announced Sunday. Rock, 56, previously received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, he told Jimmy Fallon in May.
►The U.N. General Assembly is relying on a vaccine honor system for world leaders before they speak at next week’s meeting. Presidents, premiers, monarchs and other dignitaries won’t have to show vaccination cards or other proof of inoculation.
???? Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 42 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 673,000 deaths,. Global totals: More than 228 million cases and 4.6 million deaths. More than 181 million Americans — 54% of the population — have been fully vaccinated, according .
The Massachusetts National Guard will be driving kids to school amid national bus driver shortage
Gov. Charlie Baker said 250 Guard personnel will be available to serve as drivers of school transport vans, with training set to begin Tuesday.The governor of Massachusetts on Monday activated the state’s National Guard to help with busing students to school, a growing issue in states across the country.
???? What we're reading: A year ago, Mallory Dunlap and her dad were planning her college softball career. Then their COVID-19-safe bubble burst and her life turned upside down.
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Seth Rogen jokes about COVID protocols at crowded Emmys
after he took some jabs at COVID-19 protocols at the Emmys Sunday night as he presented an award.
"They said this was outdoors. It's not. They lied to us. We're in a hermetically sealed tent right now. I would not have come to this," Rogen said.
He took issue with the guest spacing – "There is way too many of us in this little room" – but also with the ceiling on the tent that Emmy organizers had said would "allow for more socially-distanced audience seating."
"It's more important that we have three chandeliers than that we make sure we don't kill Eugene Levy tonight. That is what has been decided," Rogen said.
Alaska's largest hospital implements crisis standards of care; Florida makes death data public after secrecy: COVID-19 updates
Alaska’s largest hospital applies rations care, prioritizing resources to those patients who have the potential to benefit the most. COVID-19 updates.“While we are doing our utmost, we are no longer able to provide the standard of care to each and every patient who needs our help,” Dr. Kristen Solana Walkinshaw, chief of staff at Providence Alaska Medical Center, wrote in a letter addressed to Alaskans distributed Tuesday.
Emmys host Cedric the Entertainer offered a quick pushback.
"It actually feels amazing in here unlike what Seth (Rogen) was talking about. It feels good. We’re all vaxxed. We had to get vaxxed to come here. I got vaxxed. I did not have a reaction like Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend. I got Pfizer because I’m bougie. Pfizer is the Neiman Marcus of vaccines. Moderna, that’s Macy’s. Johnson & Johnson, that’s TJ Maxx," he said.
– Bill Keveney
Gov. Reeves sidesteps Mississippi's high COVID death rate on CNN
In a Sunday morning appearance on CNN's State of the Union, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves did his best to avoid questions about the state's high COVID-19 death rate, instead using the platform to again attack President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for American workers.
Mississippi has the highest COVID-19 death rate per capita in the nation, surpassing New Jersey at the end of last week.
"Unfortunately fatalities is a lagging indicator when it comes to the virus ... and so timing has as much to do with where that statistic that you use as anything else," Reeves said. He added he expects death rates to rise elsewhere as the delta variant takes hold.
State of the Union Host Jake Tapper asked Reeves if he had any plans to change how the state responds to COVID-19, the same question local reporters have asked Reeves for months, one he frequently answers with some version of "no."
MLB to require vaccinations for players to participate in Arizona Fall League
Major League Baseball is requiring players to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in the Arizona Fall League, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. It marks the first instance of an MLB vaccination mandate directly affecting players. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Last week, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reported that MLB was mandating vaccinations among non-playing team personnel in order for those individuals to be granted access to the field during postseason play.
"So, with all due respect, governor, your way is failing," Tapper said..
— Lee O. Sanderlin, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger
Contributing: Mike Stucka; Associated Press
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Wisconsin reports more cases in kids than any age group; CDC endorses booster shot for millions of older Americans: COVID-19 updates .
Wisconsin reports more COVID cases in kids than any other age group. Florida schools receive federal aid after defying state mandates. COVID updatesCDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on a series of recommendations from a panel of advisers late Thursday, hours after the advisers said boosters for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to people 65 and older, nursing home residents and those ages 50 to 64 who have risky underlying health problems. The extra dose would be given once they are at least six months past their last Pfizer shot.