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Fauci: 99 percent of Americans who died of COVID-19 last month were unvaccinated

The Hill 09 July, 2021 - 11:04pm

There is a strong correlation between not getting vaccinated and dying inside a hospital because of COVID-19, according to the country’s top public health official.

Most of the people who died from COVID-19 were unvaccinated, said Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Biden's chief medical adviser, The Guardian reported.

Data from the CDC shows that about 67 percent of American adults aged 18 or older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 59 percent are fully vaccinated.

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Mexico enters 3rd wave of coronavirus, infections up 29%

The Washington Post 09 July, 2021 - 10:32pm

But the country’s health department said Friday the growth is largely coming from infections among younger, less vulnerable people. Case numbers are now as high as the beginning of the last surge in September; that wave peaked in January and steadily declined until June.

Authorities said the relative decline of serious cases among older people is a result of the country’s vaccination campaign, which as of Friday has given at least one dose to about 39% of all adults.

Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said the rise in infections is not due to the arrival of the Delta variant, but rather to an increase in public activity.

Mexico City health authorities said they expect the third wave to peak in August in the capital, which has been the worst hit by COVID-19 in the previous two waves.

Mexico has suffered almost 235,000 test-confirmed deaths, but because the country does so little testing, the government’s own figures on excess deaths suggest the true toll is around 360,000 deaths.

5 percent of vaccinated South Carolinians are between the ages of 12 and 19

Charleston Post Courier 09 July, 2021 - 02:53pm

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A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine shot to a Stall High School student. Only about 5 percent of vaccinated South Carolinians are between the ages of 12 and 19. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

Health experts are urging students to get vaccinated as soon as possible before the new school year begins. Right now, only about 5 percent of vaccinated South Carolinians are between ages 12 and 19.

A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine shot to a Stall High School student. Only about 5 percent of vaccinated South Carolinians are between the ages of 12 and 19. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

Children as young as 12 have been eligible to receive the vaccine since May. 

Health experts are urging students to get vaccinated as soon as possible before the new school year begins. 

The Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved in the United States for children as young as 12. Officials with Roper St. Francis Healthcare said the vaccine has been shown to be effective even against the rapidly spreading Delta variant. 

Dr. Matthew Ferguson of Roper St. Francis Physician Partners Primary Care in West Ashley said there is still a high risk of an increase in COVID-19 cases, especially with people returning from camps and summer vacation.

Ferguson said although people have expressed fear of their children getting sick, especially from myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart muscle, he has not seen it in younger children. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health organizations acknowledged reports last month of rare cases of the heart issue among young people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Only a small number of people will experience the condition after vaccination, and individuals often recover on their own with minimal treatment, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare is scheduling vaccine appointments for patients 12 and older at Express Care locations in James Island, Summerville, West Ashley and North Charleston. Appointments can be made online or by calling 843-727-DOCS.

New cases reported: 212 confirmed, 183 probable.

Total cases in S.C.: 494,124 confirmed, 104,794 probable.

Percent positive: 4.7 percent.

New deaths reported: 1 confirmed, 1 probable.      

Total deaths in S.C.: 8,662 confirmed, 1,184 probable. 

Percent of ICU beds filled: 65.4 percent.

DHEC's vaccine dashboard shows that 49 percent of the state's residents have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

In the total number of newly confirmed cases, Horry County (35), York County (20) and Charleston County (18) saw the highest totals. 

Charleston County had 18 new cases on July 9, while Berkeley County had 12 and Dorchester County had 11.

The death from COVID-19 confirmed July 9 was an individual age 35 to 64.

Of the 127 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of July 9, 35 were in the ICU and 14 were using ventilators.

According to the CDC, one dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may offer some protection against COVID-19, but two doses are needed for better immune response. 

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots are being administered across the state. Go to vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov to find a nearby vaccine provider.

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Arizona reports 921 more COVID-19 cases, most in 2 months

FOX 10 News Phoenix 09 July, 2021 - 01:54pm

As kids get ready to get back into the classroom, there's a big push to get students vaccinated. FOX 10's Anita Roman is at North High School for a vaccination event being held on July 9 and 10.

Arizona on Friday reported 921 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases, the biggest daily increase in two months, as the coronavirus continued to spread among unvaccinated people.

The additional cases along with six additional COVID-19 deaths reported Friday increased the state’s pandemic totals to 899,829 cases and 18,009 deaths.

The daily case report was the largest since Arizona reported 939 on May 8, and cases have ticked upward over the past month.

Unusually large daily case reports often occur after holiday weekends slow data collection or after public health officials clear data backlogs that occur for various reasons.

However, Friday’s case bulge didn’t reflect any delayed reporting of any significance and came during "an uptick of cases of late," Department of Health Services spokesman Steve Elliott said in an email. "Cases being reported now are almost entirely among those who aren’t vaccinated."

According to Johns Hopkins University data, Arizona’s seven-day rolling daily case average rose over the past two weeks from 473.1 on June 23 to 508.7 on Wednesday. The rolling average of daily deaths rose from 9.4 to 10.8 during the same period.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations continued to range between 500 and 600, with 535 virus patients occupying hospital beds as of Thursday.

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Arizona reports 921 new COVID-19 cases, 6 additional deaths Friday - KTAR.com

KTAR.com 09 July, 2021 - 10:32am

A nurse gives a shot of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, donated by Denmark, to a woman at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, July 9, 2021. The global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million this week as the crisis increasingly becomes a race between the vaccine and the highly contagious delta variant. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials on Friday reported 921 new COVID-19 cases, the most for a day in two months, and six additional deaths from the virus.

It was the largest daily batch of cases since May 8, when 939 were tallied.

The latest documented totals were 899,829 infections and 18,009 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.

The dashboard also showed that 6,602,839 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 3,599,967 people (50.1% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 3,192,966 people fully vaccinated.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have been fluctuating by relatively small amounts on a day-to-day basis. The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals decreased by 13 overnight to 535 on Thursday. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients increased by eight to 160, the most since June 2.

The state health department’s daily updates present case and death data after the state receives statistics and confirms them, which can lag by several days or more. They don’t represent the actual activity over the past 24 hours.

The hospitalization numbers posted each morning are reported electronically the previous evening by hospitals across the state.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, has no impact on some people and is seriously debilitating or fatal for others. Infected people without symptoms — which include but are not limited to cough, fever and difficulty breathing — are capable of spreading the virus.

Information about where to get tested for COVID-19 can be found on the Department of Health Services website.

Federally approved vaccines are highly effective in stopping the transmission of COVID-19.

For details about statewide vaccine availability, the ADHS website has a vaccine-finder page with locations and other information.

For information about metro Phoenix vaccine availability, Maricopa County Public Health has a locator page that lists pharmacies, government-run sites, health clinics and pop-up distribution events.

Appointments may be required depending on the provider, but many accept walk-ins.

The minimum age to receive the Pfizer shot has been reduced to 12, but it’s still 18 for the other approved versions, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

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For Arizona vaccine information, visit azdhs.gov/findvaccine.

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