Several states seeing surges in week away from having to ration medical care as coronavirus infections climb and nurses are in short supply.are dealing with such an influx of sick residents that hospital beds are drying up. New Mexico’s top health officials have had to establish a waiting list for intensive care unit beds for the first time. They’re warning that the state is about a
New Mexico is on pace to surpass its worst-case projections for cases and hospitalizations. Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase said a 20% increase inin the last day. Data shows 90% of the cases have been among the unvaccinated.
He said the result may be that “we’re going to have to choose who gets the care and who doesn’t get care, and we don’t want to get to that point.” The number of cases in Ohio is also causing some hospitals to plan for possibly halting elective procedures thathospitalizations.
“Due to the fluid nature of this fourth surge, we will continually monitor capacity and pause or resume elective surgeries with an overnight stay as needed,” read OhioHealth, which operates 12 hospitals across the state.
Three OhioHealth hospitals’ intensive care units were above 90% capacity as of the week of Aug. 13, the most recent date for which capacity data was available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One was 99% full, the data shows.
Also, in the news:
►The Tennessee state health commissioner says children now account for more than a.
►About 89% of federal rental assistance approved by Congress remains unspent even as a potential eviction crisis looms.
►Massachusetts issued a mask mandate for K-12 students statewide, requiring students over 5 to wear face coverings indoors until October.
►Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is facing two lawsuits over pandemic-related policies. One suit targets her decision to end a set of federal unemployment benefits early, and the other concerns the state’s.
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The study is the first to assess the potential risks of vaccination “in the context of understanding the potential benefits of vaccination,” said Dr. Grace Lee, anat Stanford University.
“If the reason that someone so far has been hesitating to get theis fear of this infrequent and usually not very serious adverse event called myocarditis, well, this study shows that the very same adverse event is associated with a higher risk if you’re not vaccinated, and you get infected,” study co-author Ben Reis told the New York Times.
school, students and parents alike were excited to return to in-person learning. But as quickly as the new school year started, many children were after several COVID-19 outbreaks forced them into quarantine.
In Florida, school districts around the state, including in Jacksonville’s Duval County, are closing schools as cases arise. According to district data, New Orleans School District saw 299 active COVID-19 points and more than 3,000 students and staff in quarantine. A Mississippi publicsaid about 20,000 students nationwide are in quarantine.
School outbreaks caused by high community transmission and lack of mitigation measures have disrupted academic plans, health experts say, and maybe contribute to a continue to rise if schools don’t implement masking and other basic prevention measures and adults in the community remain unvaccinated.among children across the country. They worry instances will
“As you look at the age-specific cases over the past couple of weeks, the reason why we’re seeing a pronounced difference between school-age children and everybody else is primarily that they’re back in schools full time,” said Jason Salemi, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.
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New York now reports nearly 55,400 people have died of COVID-19 in New York based on death certificate data submitted to the CDC, up from about 43,400 that Cuomo had written to the public as of Monday, his last day in office.
“We’re now releasing more data than had been released publicly, so people know theand hospital deaths are consistent with what’s being displayed by the CDC,” Hochul said Wednesday on MSNBC. “There’s a lot of things that weren’t happening, and I’m going to make them happen. Transparency will be the hallmark of my administration.”
In July, the Associated Press first reported the large discrepancy between the fatality numbers publicized by the Cuomo administration and the state’s statement. Cuomo’s critics had long charged that he was manipulating leader.
Federal prosecutors previously launched a probe examining his administration’s data handling around deaths amongpatients. The state, under Cuomo, had minimized its by excluding all patients who died after being transferred to hospitals.
what to do about all the children who missed vast chunks of class time, whether in person or from home, during the pandemic.
Yet 17 months after the coronavirus first swept the nation, few of America’s most prominent districts can provide a clear picture of which students fall into that category –are ready to catch students up and prepare them for adulthood.
Research suggests chronically absent children – meaning they miss at least 10% of a given school year – are at risk of eventually dropping out.
reached out to a sampling of school districts, including the country’s ten largest before the pandemic upended enrollment, requesting data on students who were chronically absent during the past three school years. Read more here. – Alia Wong