Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s communications director sounded the alarm bells on COVID-19-related hospitalizations on Sunday as the hospital reached 70 patients in its COVID unit – an increase of 11 in just two days since Friday and on Sunday. higher than the hospital has experienced since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.
“This is the most we have ever had,” said Stephanie Derzypolski, adding that their highest number of hospitalizations was 51.
The state broke its record for current hospitalizations on Sunday, a day after Florida recorded the most daily cases since the start of the pandemic. 10,207 people in Florida are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to data reported to the US Department of Health and Human Services; the previous record of 10,170 hospitalizations was as of July 23, 2020 – more than six months before vaccinations began to become widespread – according to the Florida Hospital Association.
Florida leads the country in hospitalizations per capita for COVID-19.
The vast majority of patients hospitalized today, according to Derzypolski, are not vaccinated.
“These are no longer people with co-morbidities in their 70s and 80s, but healthy people in their 20s, 30s and 40s,” Derzypolski said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “These people are coming to plead with our doctors for the vaccine, but it is too late for them.”
– Tori Lynn Schneider, Democrat of Tallahassee
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►The German government will recommend offering the coronavirus vaccine to every 12 to 17 year olds on Monday, according to a draft resolution ahead of a scheduled meeting of state-level health ministers. They also plan to offer reminders to those at high risk starting in September.
►The Navajo Nation has reported 25 more cases of COVID-19 and officials say some tribal members are waiving precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
►New Orleans emergency medical responders have been hit hard by a spike in COVID cases in the region, so much so that the city lacks the capacity to handle 911 calls, the mayor said. at a press conference on Friday.
►The University of South Carolina is forcing students to wear masks indoors this fall as the spread of COVID-19 has accelerated statewide. South Carolina’s public colleges and universities cannot force students to get vaccinated after lawmakers banned schools from making the vaccine a condition of enrollment.
►More than 816K doses of vaccine were reported administered Sunday, including 517K newly vaccinated. Vaccinations have slowly escalated across the country since July 5, COVID-19 data director Cyrus Shahpar said on Twitter.
Today’s numbers: The United States has recorded more than 34.9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 613,200 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 198.2 million cases and 4.2 million deaths. More than 164.7 million Americans – 49.6% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the CDC.
What we read: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in May that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most settings – but those guidelines changed Tuesday in light of new data and increased case. Here’s where the states stand on mask requirements.
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Infections are on the rise and ‘things will get worse,’ says Fauci
The United States is unlikely to see the lockdowns that hit the country last year despite the surge in infections, but “things will get worse,” Dr Anthony Fauci warned on Sunday.
Fauci, making the rounds on the morning TV news, noted that half of Americans have been vaccinated. That, he said, should be enough to avoid drastic measures. But not enough to crush the epidemic.
“We are looking, not I believe, for blockages, but for pain and suffering in the future,” Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week”.
Fauci acknowledged that some revolutionary infections are occurring among the vaccinated. No vaccine is 100% effective, he noted. But he pointed to the recurring theme of the Biden administration that vaccinated people who are infected are much less likely to get seriously ill than unvaccinated people who are infected.
“From the perspective of illness, hospitalization, suffering and death, the unvaccinated are much more vulnerable,” Fauci said. “The unvaccinated, by not getting vaccinated, allow the epidemic to spread and spread.”
The CDC has brought back guidelines recommending masks for people vaccinated in areas with significant spread of the virus.
“It has a lot more to do with the transmission,” Fauci said of the new guidelines. “You want them to wear a mask, so that if they are infected they don’t pass it on to vulnerable people, maybe in their own homes, children, or people with underlying illnesses.”
More than a million doses of vaccine thrown away in 10 states since December
Iowa may have to throw away tens of thousands of doses of the vaccine over the next six weeks. Last week, El Paso threw away nearly 4,000. And in Arkansas, more than 80,000 doses expired this week.
“Before the vaccine, I was heartbroken because people were dying and we couldn’t help them. Now they don’t get the vaccine and we can’t help them,” Tammy Kellebrew, a pharmacist who visits rural hospitals across the state, said Houston Public Media. “And so after every death, I go back to the pharmacy and cry, then I go back to work.”
An investigation reported by the New York Times indicates that more than a million doses have been thrown away in 10 states since the vaccines were first administered. Much of the loss stems from the slowdown in demand in recent months.
New survey suggests unvaccinated people aren’t afraid of pandemic
Based on an Axios / Ipsos follow-up survey, only 37% of adults said they were extremely or very concerned about the pandemic, the highest percentage since mid-May. The data showed that the percentage of affected people is increasing in vaccinated adults, but not in unvaccinated adults.
Data showed that 44% of vaccinated adults surveyed in July were concerned about the vaccine, up eight percentage points from June. The percentage of affected unvaccinated adults remained stable at 23% from June to July, according to the data.
Fifty-four percent of vaccinated adults were concerned about the delta variant while 25% of unvaccinated adults said they were concerned, the data showed. As cases of COVID-19 multiply across the country with the spread of the delta variant, data suggests that many unvaccinated people are not afraid.
According to the CDC, the 7-day average of new cases increased by about 64% last week with more than 66,000 new cases in the United States during the period. The CDC put a new direction on the mast on Monday to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Texas governor issues executive order banning mask and vaccine warrant
The CDC’s latest mask guidance comes as COVID cases increase even among those vaccinated, suggesting that even those who are vaccinated wear a mask indoors. Despite advice shared on Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday issued an executive order prohibiting local governments and state agencies from requiring vaccines and masks.
“The new executive order emphasizes that the way forward rests on personal responsibility rather than government mandates,” Abbott said in a press release. “Texans have mastered safe practices that help prevent and avoid the spread of COVID-19. “
A third wave of coronavirus cases, made up mostly of unvaccinated residents, is driven by the rampant spread of the delta variant, a mutation in the original coronavirus strain that has alarmed federal health experts about its contagiousness.
The state’s Department of Health Services reported on Friday that 5,846 patients were in Texas hospitals for COVID-19. This is more than twice as much as two weeks ago, almost four times as much as a month ago, and the most since the end of February.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Over 1 Million Vaccine Doses Thrown In 10 States As COVID Cases Rise