Rural Americans dying at twice the rate of those in urban areas; Florida’s vaccination slows: COVID-19 updates

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Rural Americans are dying from COVID-19 more than twice as often rates to their urban counterparts – a division that health experts say is likely to widen as access to medical care decreases for a population that tends to be older, sicker, heavier, poorer and less vaccinated.

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While the initial increase of COVID-19 deaths was much higher in rural America, where about 15% of Americans live, the non-metropolitan mortality rate began to rapidly outpace metropolitan areas, as the virus spread nationwide before vaccinations were available. , according to the data. Rural Policy Research Institute.

Since the pandemic began, nearly 1 in 434 rural Americans has died from COVID, compared to 1 in 513 urban Americans, data from the institute shows. And although vaccines have reduced the overall COVID mortality rate since the peak of winter, the rural death rate is now more than twice the urban rate – and is rising rapidly.

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in oklahomaAccording to the Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health, since April 2020, the per capita death rate in rural areas has exceeded that of urban Oklahoma. Rural Oklahoma accounts for 34% of the state’s population and 39% of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Oklahoma, the center reports.

In rural Northeast Texas, Titus Regional Medical Center CEO Terry Scoggin is battling a 39% vaccination rate in his community. Eleven patients died of COVID in the first half of September at his hospital in Mount Pleasant, which has a population of 16,000. Usually three or four non-hospice patients die there in a month.

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“We don’t see death that way,” Scoggin said. “You don’t usually see your friends and neighbors die.”

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Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins receives COVID vaccination,

Andrew Wiggins, whose status of the upcoming NBA season was in question last month, will now be available for all Golden State Warriors games.

Wiggins received his COVID-19 vaccinationHe has been placed in compliance with San Francisco’s mandate for major events in the city, coach Steve Kerr told reporters at the team’s training camp on Sunday. Wiggins would not have been eligible to play in the Warriors’ home games in the city if he had not been vaccinated. The NBA previously denied Wiggins’ request for a religious exemption from any city mandate.

In August, San Francisco approved requirements for everyone over the age of 12 to show proof of vaccination to enter large indoor events, including restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms and basketball games. Proof of vaccination requirement for staff and staff at venues, including players, will take effect from 13 October.

Wiggins, 26, had become one of the faces of vaccine resistance in the NBA. During Warriors Media Day last week, he reiterated his stance against the vaccine and said he would stick to his beliefs. Wiggins said that his back was “definitely against the wall, but I will continue to fight for what I believe in. I will continue to fight for what I believe is right. What is right for one person is not right for another and vice versa.” “

Wiggins lost more than $350,000 for every home game missed, half of his $31.6 million salary for the 2021-22 season, according to the Associated Press.

— Matt Eppers

Number of Floridians receiving vaccinations slows to crawl

Number of Floridians receiving coronavirus shots climbs more slowly in the last week than at any time since late December, an analysis of state data shows.

A Health Department report published Friday said the state added just 85,026 more residents to Florida’s COVID-19 inoculation count over the past seven days. This is the smallest increase since December 28, the second week of statewide coronavirus vaccination reporting.

In total, 13,621,499 Florida residents have received at least one vaccine dose, state health officials reported, covering 71% of the eligible population age 12 and older. That tally includes 436,543 fully vaccinated people who have received additional jabs.

Health officials said Friday that 11,370,030 residents of Florida have been fully vaccinated. It comprises 59.5% of the eligible population.

Florida’s summer increase of COVID-19 deaths, which occurred mostly without vaccination, continues to slow. The state’s death toll has risen to 1,719 in the past week, the slowest pace since August 27, before new fatalities were reported.

The death toll in the state is 55,299.

Florida health officials have documented 17,429 more lives lost than any other state since June 4, when they stopped publishing daily coronavirus figures because “our state is returning to normalcy, the whole With the vaccine widely available in Florida,” Gov. Ron DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw said at the time.

–Chris Persaud, Palm Beach Post

Contribution: Associated Press

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