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US Kids testing positive at higher rates than adults; gender wage gap impacted by COVID workforce loss: Today's COVID-19 updates

17:25  09 october  2021
17:25  09 october  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

What is Biden's vaccination target?

  What is Biden's vaccination target? The United States missed that mark by about a month. Since then, he and his top aides have studiously declined to say what share of the American population they’d ultimately like to see vaccinated, even as they intensify pressure on the unvaccinated to get their shots. “We’re going to try to get as many people in the country vaccinated as humanly possible,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last Friday, declining to delve into specifics. “We’re not going to put an end limit on that.

While cases increased across all age groups in the latest wave of COVID, kids have been testing positive for COVID-19 more often than adults, adjusted for population.

The increase is due to the highly contagious delta variant, relaxed restrictions and ineligibility for children under 12 to get vaccines.

"Definitely over the last eight weeks we’ve seen dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in kids," said Dr. Donna Tyungu, a pediatric infectious disease physician at OU Health in Oklahoma City. "It started right when we started school."

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In August and September, hospitalizations of children with COVID-19 increased across the U.S. Weekly pediatric admissions reached a peak of more than three kids per 100,000 the week ending Sept. 5 and have since declined in most states along with adult COVID-19 admissions.

A health care worker receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Oct. 5. © Lynne Sladky, AP A health care worker receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Oct. 5.

Still, in more than a dozen states, including Michigan, Oklahoma, Utah, Delaware, and Vermont, pediatric admission rates have increased in the last two weeks. Children are less likely than adults to experience severe illness from the disease.

- Janie Haseman and Aleszu Bajak, USA TODAY

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Women leaving workforce during COVID likely lowered Texas gender wage gap

Texas' gender wage gap has shrunk — but it's likely an anomaly due to the number of women who left the workforce during the coronavirus pandemic.

Women in the state who worked full-time in 2020 earned a median of 87 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — the highest figure in more than two decades that the data have been tracked and a sizable increase from about 81 cents in 2019.

There was a disproportionately negative impact on women last year as the pandemic triggered widespread layoffs and forced some people to leave the workforce to care for children or other family members.

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“All the anecdotal evidence as well as pieces of data that we have been able to find have shown that jobs that women hold have been hardest hit by COVID,” said Dena Jackson, chief operating officer of the Texas Women's Foundation. The women who held those jobs "are not reflected in the data — they have become invisible," she said.

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The owner of seven nursing homes in Louisiana is appealing the state health department's decision to remove his licenses after seven residents died during Hurricane Ida in "inhumane" warehouse conditions.

Bob Dean, a Baton Rouge businessman, refuted that residents were treated with "cruelty or indifference," and argued that the deteriorated warehouse conditions were the result of uncontrollable storm damage that interrupted essential services.

About 800 nursing home residents were evacuated to a warehouse, where conditions were later determined to be unhealthy and unsafe, according to state health officials. Five of the seven deaths were determined to be linked to Hurricane Ida. The residents were moved to other facilities in the state.

State health officials cited cruelty or indifference, neglect, and failure to report neglect among several reasons for revoking the licenses. Officials also accused Dean of "a campaign of threats, intimidation and attempts" to derail the investigation.

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