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CDC eyes delta variant threat while greenlighting July Fourth gatherings

WLNS 02 July, 2021 - 10:44am

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — While the White House acknowledges it won’t meet its goal of vaccinating 70% of Americans by the Fourth of July, federal health officials say fireworks and parties can still go forward this year.

“Please enjoy a safe family- and friend-filled holiday weekend,” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said during the White House COVID-19 Response Team’s Thursday press conference.

The CDC continues to remind people that those who are not vaccinated should continue to wear masks around others, but that those who are vaccinated don’t need to.

Walensky said Americans should be proud of the dramatic progress made in the last six months. Since January, COVID-19-related deaths have plummeted more than 90%.

But the virus is making a comeback, driven by the more transmissible delta variant, which Walensky said she expects to soon surpass the alpha variant as the dominant strain in the nation.

“It is clear that communities where people remain unvaccinated are communities that remain vulnerable,” Walensky said.

CDC data shows hospitalizations and deaths are now trending up.

“We are celebrating as a country at the same time as we recognize the fact that we’re in a serious situation for those who have not been vaccinated,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House task force and the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases, said. “The good news is we have a solution.”

He said early data shows all three vaccines available in the U.S. can protect people from the delta variant.

“It works, it’s free, it’s safe,” he said of getting vaccinated.

The Biden administration is working to combat the uptick in cases, announcing plans to surge resources to communities emerging as virus hot spots. Health officials say many of those communities are in the Midwest and Southeast.

Officials continue to emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated, saying data from the last six months shows 99.5% of COVID-19-related deaths have been of people who are not vaccinated.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The U.S. attorney general announced a moratorium on the federal death penalty on Thursday after a rush of executions during the Trump administration.

At first blush, that shouldn't mean much in Michigan, which was the first English-speaking government in the world to ban capital punishment.

They said 45-year-old Tricia Jones, a Grain Valley mother of two, was hesitant about getting the vaccine, and then she became ill. Her health quickly went downhill, and she died on June 9.

"Because of COVID we haven't been able to get a lot of our fireworks imported. So we've had to be pretty creative in our promotions and stacking and all of those things," said Jess Metzger, Phantom Fireworks showroom manager.

With the delta variant, should face mask rules be the same or something else?

Deseret News 02 July, 2021 - 09:00am

An expert has an idea on how to fix the coronavirus face mask mandates

There have been some renewed calls for face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, especially as the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world.

But a one-size-fits-all approach to face mask policies may not be the right way to go, according to Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Just so we’re clear, there are a number of people who never stopped wearing face masks amid the pandemic. But plenty of entities have lifted restrictions after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated people can ditch their masks in most settings.

Recently, public health officials across the world have called for a renewed use of face masks to stop the delta variant from spreading. For example, Los Angeles County asked people to wear face masks again in public spaces. The World Health Organization has also encouraged fully vaccinated people to start wearing masks again.

However, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, said on the “Today” show this week that people with compromised immunity and health issues may want to consider a mask. But the CDC has not changed anything about their mask policy thus far.

“Of course, as we have always said, if you have an immunocompromising condition, if you might have had a transplant and you’re vaccinated, everybody should consider their own situation if they would feel more comfortable wearing a mask,” she said.

Hotez, of Baylor College, recently told CNN that the CDC might want to reconsider how to recommend wearing face masks in the future. Having a one-size-fits-all approach might not be the best method.

“Part of the problem is that the CDC is trying to use a one-size-fits-all recommendation for the country rather than being a bit more surgical in identifying hot spot areas where transmission is accelerating,” he told CNN.

Specifically, the CDC should suggest face mask use in pockets of the country where vaccination rates are low and delta variant cases are high, Hotez said.

“I think that’s what we need from the CDC is to be able to cut it a little finer, come up with ... a force of infection map that combines those two variables: the low vaccination rates, high delta. Those places are at great risk for lots of transmission, including some vaccinated individuals who will have breakthrough infections,” he said.

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COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Department Reports 304 New Coronavirus Cases, 8 Additional Deaths

CBS Pittsburgh 02 July, 2021 - 07:21am

HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 304 new coronavirus cases and 8 additional deaths.

This brings the statewide total to 1,212,561 cases and 27,695 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began.

There are 310 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19, and 59 patients are in ICUs.

The state says 11,711,557 total vaccine doses have been administered and 5,418,234 people are fully vaccinated. So far, 60.3% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated, and 75.5% of Pennsylvania’s entire population has received the first dose.

All Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine expanded to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10.

There are 4,775,280 people who have tested negative for COVID-19 to date.

There have been 72,059 cases among residents and 15,554 cases among employees of licensed nursing and personal care homes statewide. Out of all total deaths, 13,358 have been in residents of nursing or personal care facilities.

The state also reports 29,021 healthcare workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 during the pandemic.

CDC Just Issued Warning About COVID Surge

Yahoo Lifestyle 02 July, 2021 - 06:15am

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also spoke, and said the mRNA vaccines were proven effective against the Delta variant. He mentioned the World Health Organization, which said even vaccinated people should wear masks. He said WHO "is responsible for the planet as a whole. It's different in the world in general, from here in the United States. If you look at the share of the population fully vaccinated in the United States and worldwide, the…dynamics of infection," are very different. "And finally, the good news we have is that we have a solution. The science is clear the best way to protect yourself against the virus and its variance is to be fully vaccinated. It works, it's free, it's safe, it's easy."

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