Amid rising infection rates among children, Pediatricians and Pharmacists Are Ready for a Crush Pfizer-BioNtech submitted an application Thursday to authorize its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
More than 28 million children may be eligible to get the shot on Halloween or a few days after, and the demand is high as many parents are eager to get their children vaccinated now that they are back in school.
Sharon Marshall, a professor of pediatrics at Wayne State University, said, “We’ve already inquired with families when they come or call and ask if we’re going to give pediatric doses.”
Steps to expand vaccine authorization It comes amid rising rates of infection and hospitalization in children.
Nearly 5 million children under the age of 18 have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began. Around 45 million people have tested positive across the country.
In August and September, US Weekly Pediatric Admissions increased the number of hospitalizations of children with COVID-19 per 100,000. reached the pinnacle of more than three children in The week ended September 5 and has since declined with adult COVID-19 admissions in most states. Still, pediatric admission rates have increased over the past two weeks in more than a dozen states, including Michigan, Oklahoma, Utah, Delaware and Vermont.
Donna Tungu, a pediatric infectious disease physician at OU Health in Oklahoma City, said pockets of lower adult vaccination rates, relaxed social distancing and reopening schools mean more children with COVID-19 and More children are ending up in the hospital.
—Elizabeth Weiss, Jenny Hasman and Aleszu Bajak, USA Today
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ISan Francisco announced Thursday it plans to ease indoor mask rules From October 15 if new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations decline or remain stable. The rules will be relaxed only in settings with proper ventilation and no more than 100 people who are fully vaccinated and over the age of 12.
Adults over the age of 40 found it harder to regain smell or taste loss after having COVID-19, and younger participants regained their sense of smell more quickly, According to a September study of a survey of 800 people published in the American journal Otolaryngology.
Los Angeles’ vaccine order for indoor areas of bars, lounges, nightclubs, breweries, wineries and distilleries went into effect Thursday night. City earlier this week Approved even more strict steps This requires vaccination for public places such as shopping centers, movie theaters, restaurants, playgrounds, museums and other places. Which will come into effect from next month.
Arkansas on Thursday became the 29th state to report at least 500,000 COVID-19 cases. A total of 500,779 cases have been reported in the state since the start of the pandemic.
A Colorado Health System Requires “Almost All” To vaccinate organ transplant patients Against COVID-19 before receiving your transplant.
Today’s issue: The US has recorded over 44 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 710,000 deaths, as of Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: Over 236 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. More than 186 million Americans – 56% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, according to CDC.
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Florida is one of several states Temporary contract nurses facing skyrocketing costs As the COVID-19 pandemic burns out staff members over a long period of time and the workforce shortage increases.
As staffing agencies for travel nurses double and triple their fees at hospitals, the Florida Hospital Association is tracking complaints of price hikes in other states. The California Hospital Association last month asked the state Justice Department to conduct investigations on behalf of 400 of its hospitals.
The Hospital Association of Florida declined to say whether price increases were occurring or if a statewide investigation is needed, but “we are closely monitoring what is happening in California and other states,” the group said. said Mary Mayhew, President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Across the state, we’re hearing reports of prices being two to three times higher than before,” Mayu said in an email.
— Liz Freeman, Florida Today
USA Today’s analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows the US is once again reporting less than 100,000 cases in a normal day.
In the week ending Thursday, the country saw 698,567 new COVID-19 cases. It was reporting more than 1.1 million cases per week almost a month ago.
Cases were above the 100,000-per-day mark since August 6, as the delta variant swept through the country.
Even at current levels, the US is still reporting an average of more than 1 case per second. Cases are still about 8 times higher than the previous relative low.
Meanwhile, worldwide cases have also dropped by less than 3 million every week, a drop in cases not seen since early July. Since then, cases peaked at 4.6 million per week. On an average, five cases of corona virus are being reported every second in the world.
Limited access to testing and asymptomatic cases means the actual number of infections is almost certainly much higher.
Reported deaths are also falling and are now 50,818 per week. That’s down from the more than 71,000 reported per week at the end of August.
— Mike Staka, USA Today
Thousands of home health workers could lose their jobs Home care industry leaders said they are required to receive shots by Friday under New York’s latest COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
According to a survey conducted last month by the Home Care Association of New York State, the mandate covers about 270,000 workers in home health care services, and at least 11,900 of those workers said they’d rather comply with the vaccination requirement. Will quit or be fired. .
In recent weeks, some home health providers have reported an increase in worker vaccinations, as the deadline for receiving the first dose has passed, said Al Cardillo, the association’s president and CEO.
“But at the same time they are reporting (vaccination) gaps are still very important,” he said, calling on the government to add home health providers. Kathy Hochul’s administration is said to delay implementing the mandate to allow time for more workers to be persuaded. Get shots and fill in staffing gaps if necessary.
– David Robinson, New York State Team
The coronavirus pandemic that cut training in 2020 contributed to the sinking of nine service members off the coast of San Diego, according to a new military investigation into one of the Marine Corps’ deadliest training accidents in recent years.
The senior commanders leading up to the accident were also tasked with additional “non-standard” missions, including the strengthening of border security by the Trump administration and assistance with the Navy’s hospital ship, USNS Mercy, to the Marines on the US-Mexico border. who were anchored. away from Los Angeles to provide relief to hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus cases, according to the findings of the investigation made public on Wednesday.
An amphibious assault vehicle sank off San Clemente Island on July 30, 2020, trapping soldiers inside. Previous investigations found that the deaths could have been prevented and blamed the tragedy on inadequate training, shabby maintenance of the 35-year-old amphibious assault vehicles, and poor judgment by the commanders.
The findings, released Wednesday, looked at troops’ preparedness before participating in the exercise 70 miles off the coast of San Diego, and noted that it should not stray away from earlier investigations that found several missteps and oversight that left the crew behind. Left in the dark and desperately trying to find an unmarked escape hatch using the light of their cell phone as they took the water. There was no safety boat nearby to save them.
Contributions: Jeanine Santucci and Selina Tebor; The Associated Press