Pressure continues to increase from elected Democrats to vaccinate people against the coronavirus as infections rise across the country, fueled by the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant.
Days after President Joe Biden said federal workers and contractors should get vaccinated or face restrictions that include masking and testing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that airport workers and the New York City transit system will be required to get vaccinated or tested weekly. This follows Cuomo’s announcement last week that all state officials must get vaccinated or undergo weekly tests.
At a press conference in Manhattan on Monday, Cuomo also urged private companies to demand vaccinations for their employees and customers.
“Private businesses, bars, restaurants, go to a vaccine-only admission,” he said.
Also on Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “strongly” recommended that vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors, but refused to make the mask mandatory.
And New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said all healthcare staff and those working in correctional facilities will need to be vaccinated by September 7 or be tested for the coronavirus once or twice a week.
Also in the news:
►More than 816,000 doses of vaccine were reported administered Sunday, including 517,000 newly vaccinated. Since July 5, vaccinations have slowly escalated across the country, White House COVID-19 director of COVID-19 data said Cyrus Shahpar, on Twitter.
► Britain is expected to offer COVID-19 booster vaccines to 32 million people from the start of next month, The Telegraph reported on Sunday. The CDC said fully vaccinated Americans do not yet need a third injection because they continue to be well protected by their initial doses.
►Tokyo Olympics organizers reported 18 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday as cases hit an all-time high in Tokyo. The city reported 4,058 cases on Saturday, a day after Japan extended its state of emergency.
►University of South Carolina and University of Minnesota require students to wear masks indoors this fall. Some colleges will also require students to provide proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccines.
Today’s numbers: The United States has recorded more than 35 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 613,400 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 198.6 million cases and 4.232 million deaths. More than 164.7 million Americans – 49.6% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the CDC.
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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Monday on Twitter that he tested positive for coronavirus despite his vaccination.
Graham, 66, said he saw a doctor on Monday morning after experiencing flu-like symptoms on Saturday night and currently has mild symptoms, including feeling like he has a sinus infection. He plans to quarantine himself for 10 days.
“I’m very glad I was vaccinated because without the vaccination I’m sure I wouldn’t feel as well as I do now,” Graham tweeted. “My symptoms would be much worse.”
Millions at risk of deportation after federal moratorium on deportations ends
the The end of the federal moratorium means evictions could begin on Monday, resulting in years of evictions spanning several weeks, as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus quickly spreads and ushers in the worst housing crisis since the Great Recession.
The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only measure to keep millions of tenants in their homes. Many of them lost their jobs during the pandemic and were months behind on their rent.
The owners successfully challenged the order in court, arguing that they also had bills to pay. They pointed out that tenants could access nearly $ 47 billion in federal money set aside to help pay rent and related expenses.
Tenant advocates said the distribution of the money had been slow and it took longer to distribute it and reimburse landlords.
Even with the delay, about 3.6 million people in the United States as of July 5 said they were at risk of deportation within the next two months, according to the US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. Here’s what you need to know if you’ve missed payments.
Florida Sets COVID Hospitalization Record
Florida broke its coronavirus hospitalization record on Sunday a day after the state recorded the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020.
More than 10,200 people in Florida are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to data released to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The previous record of 10,170 hospitalizations was dated 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.
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s communications director said the hospital had 70 patients in its COVID-19 unit – an increase of 11 since Friday and the highest the hospital has seen. The previous highest number was 51, said Stephanie Derzypolski, who added that the majority of people hospitalized with COVID are now not vaccinated.
Coronavirus cases are increasing across the country, but there are dramatic differences in the intensity of outbreaks.
Tennessee reported 356 cases in the last week of June and 12,765 cases in the last week of July, an increase of 3,486%. In California, cases have increased by 1,078%. And in Louisiana, cases have increased by 1,043%.
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, Texas 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 Arkansas hospitals. , Recount 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
According to an Axios / Ipsos tracking poll, 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.
Among vaccinated adults surveyed in July, 44% were concerned about the vaccine, up eight percentage points from June. The percentage of unvaccinated adults affected remained stable at 23% from June to July.
Fifty-four percent of vaccinated adults were concerned about the delta variant while 25% of unvaccinated adults said they were concerned. As COVID-19 cases multiply across the country with the spread of the delta variant, survey results suggest 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. The CDC released a new mask directive last week to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Contribution: Tori Lynn Schneider, Democrat of Tallahassee