Earlier this week, the he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people in COVID-19 hotspots resume mask-wearing in indoor public areas in areas with excessive coronavirus transmission.
The report adopted an ongoing explosion in COVID cases across the nation fueled by the emergence of the delta variant and waning vaccination charges. A brand new report, first reported on by the Washington Post, highlights why the CDC made these new suggestions.
It reveals that those that are vaccinated are thrice much less prone to get COVID-19 than those that are unvaccinated. Once contaminated, although, vaccinated persons are simply as contagious as somebody with out that safety — which means they should put on a masks and preserve their distance to keep away from passing on the virus. Read more findings.
Last summer time, earlier than there was a vaccine, there have been about 80,000 new COVID-19 instances reported day by day and practically 500 deaths — virtually precisely the identical depend as at present though half the inhabitants is vaccinated and plenty of others have immunity as a result of they’ve already been contaminated.
“This is an American tragedy,” President Joe Biden said Thursday. “People are dying and can die who do not should die. If you are on the market unvaccinated, you do not have to die.”
– Karen Weintraub
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►With the primary week of the Olympics set to wrap up Friday, the International Olympic Committee introduced 27 new COVID instances, together with 3 athletes, bringing the whole to a minimum of 220 instances since July 1.
►Biden is asking states and localities to supply unvaccinated residents $100 to get their COVID-19 photographs. The money reward for vaccination was one concept in Biden’s newest plan to spice up lagging vaccination charges in lots of components of the nation. Rolled out Thursday, the core of his new plan is a requirement for federal employees to reveal their vaccination status to their companies.
►North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday determined to reverse course from steerage he issued final week and can now urge all Ok-12 public college college students and employees to be masked, even when they’ve been absolutely vaccinated for COVID-19.
►In a number of trials made public Thursday, scientists have found changes in brain biology after hospitalization with COVID-19, issues lingering months after an infection, and a hyperlink between odor loss and psychological sharpness in older adults. They’re involved concerning the risk that lingering mind signs may result in dementia years or many years later.
►Los Angeles County well being authorities mentioned greater than 1 / 4 of new COVID-19 instances are amongst these absolutely vaccinated. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer shared during a virtual meeting with the county’s board of supervisors that from July 1 to 16, absolutely vaccinated residents made 26% of infections, totaling 3,592 instances of the over 13,000 general instances.
📈Today’s numbers: The U.S. has had greater than 34.7 million confirmed COVID-19 instances and 612,100 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins University data. The international totals: More than 196.5 million instances and 4.19 million deaths. More than 163.8 million Americans — 49.4% of the inhabitants — have been absolutely vaccinated, according to the CDC.
📘What we’re studying: Some individuals in Missouri are dressing in disguise and begging medical doctors to not publicly reveal they’ve obtained a COVID-19 vaccine, a health care provider mentioned. Read more.
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The IRS introduced Thursday they might broaden tax credit to employers who give their workers paid day off to get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, encouraging them to find time for individuals to get inoculated.
Eligible employers, together with companies and tax-exempt organizations with lower than 500 workers, can obtain a tax credit score equal to the wages paid for offering the day off, however solely as much as sure limits, according to a release from the agency.
“This new information is a shot in the arm for struggling small employers who are working hard to keep their businesses going while also watching out for the health of their employees,” mentioned IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig within the launch. “Our work on this issue is part of a larger effort by the IRS to assist the nation recover from the pandemic.”
The resolution extends from Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which provides tax credit score to small and mid-sized employers that present paid sick and household depart to workers because of COVID-19. Self-employed people even have an analogous tax credit score as half of the plan.
– Steven Vargas
Springfield and Greene County officers withdrew their request to the state to set up a field hospital in the area, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s workplace introduced Thursday in a press release that mentioned native well being authorities “believe current state efforts to boost health care capabilities are sufficient to meet existing needs.”
Springfield-Greene County Health Director Katie Towns mentioned in current weeks that well being care amenities have employed extra employees and repurposed extra areas to create extra house, decreasing the necessity for a state-provided facility that was sluggish to reach.
“This decision was not made in response to falling cases or hospitalizations,” Towns mentioned. In reality, on Thursday alone 267 individuals have been hospitalized with COVID-19, which is the second highest quantity of hospitalizations because of COVID-19 in a single day so far.”
Towns, along with leaders from CoxHealth, Mercy and Greene County Emergency Management, went public with their initial request for an alternate care site July 14, saying state assistance was needed to help treat the surge in COVID-19 patients amid the delta variant outbreak.
Kaitlyn McConnell, the system director for public relations at CoxHealth, said the hospital and other community partners “made the joint resolution to pause our software for an alternate care website in Springfield.”
“This just isn’t as a result of the necessity just isn’t nice. It is as a result of we wanted to serve sufferers rapidly,” McConnell said in a statement sent to the News-Leader, part of the USA TODAY Network. “We initially believed this request would take round 5 days, however we’ll quickly be at a month because it was initially submitted.
– Galen Bacharier, Springfield News-Leader
The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest district within the U.S., introduced on Thursday that it’ll require “baseline and ongoing” weekly COVID testing for all college students and workers returning for in-person instruction, regardless of their vaccination status. The transfer, which comes amid rising COVID-19 an infection charges within the county and throughout the nation, is a reversal from earlier directives that solely unvaccinated people must endure common testing.
The required testing, which begins August 2, is in accordance with current steerage issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in keeping with a memo despatched out to folks by interim superintendent Megan Ok. Reilly. Other prevention measures embody common masking, upgraded air filtration programs and vaccination outreach.
“We believe Los Angeles Unified has the highest COVID safety standards of any public school district in the nation,” Reilly mentioned in her memo. Los Angeles Unified is the nation’s second largest college district.
Other districts nationwide have been bolstering their security plans for the autumn because the delta variant continues to unfold and drive the surge in case numbers. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new steerage recommending common masking at colleges, a u-turn from its earlier suggestion that vaccinated college students and workers needn’t put on masks.
– Alia Wong
An Ohio decide won’t reinstate $300 in additional federal pandemic unemployment funds that Gov. Mike DeWine ended early.
On Thursday, Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Holbrook rejected an try to revive the additional unemployment advantages in Ohio, saying DeWine had the ability to chop them off earlier than Labor Day.
“The court is aware of, and sympathetic to, the thousands of Ohioans without work and in desperate need of any assistance available,” Holbrook wrote. “The court simply cannot legislate from the bench and overlook the clear terms of (Ohio law.)”
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress accepted a further $300 per week in unemployment advantages to assist struggling Americans. The advantages are set to run out after Labor Day, however a number of governors reduce them off early.
DeWine, a Republican, stopped the extra funds for Ohioans on June 26, citing Ohioans’ have to get again to work. Ohio’s unemployment charge had dropped from 16.4% in April 2020 to five.2% in June.
Ultimately, Holbrook discovered that DeWine had the authority to cease the advantages. DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, in a press release, mentioned they have been happy with the choice.
– Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati Enquirer
Contributing: The Associated Press