WEIS Radio | Local & Regional News, Sports & Weather “Live COVID-19 Updates: US At ‘Inflection Point’ As Winter Months Approach

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(NEW YORK) – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, more than 5 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 751,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by the Center of Systems Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. .

According to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 68% of Americans aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Here is how the news is evolving. Every hour in the East:

November 05, 9:49 a.m.
Hospital admissions on the rise in 9 states, from Alaska to New Hampshire

The United States has seen a drop of nearly 60,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the past two months. According to federal data, many of these patients come from large southern states, including Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

But nine states – Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Utah – have seen significant increases in hospital admissions in the past two weeks.

Daily infections tend to increase in what the Department of Health and Human Services classifies as Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) and Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), according to federal data.

November 05, 8:02 am
Pfizer pill reduces risk of hospitalization or death by 89%: Business

A series of pills developed by Pfizer called PAXLOVID can reduce the risk of being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19 by 89% if taken within three days of developing symptoms, according to results released by the company on Friday. pharmaceutical.

In a study of more than 1,200 COVID-19 patients at higher risk of developing serious illness, people who took Pfizer pills were much less likely to end up in hospital compared to people who have received placebo pills.

None of the people who received the real pills died, but 10 people who received the placebo pills died, according to the results summarized in a press release from Pfizer.

Infectious disease experts have warned that these findings are preliminary – described only in a press release, not in a peer-reviewed medical journal – but they represent another promising development in the search for effective and easy-to-use COVID-19 pills. administer.

November 04, 7:20 p.m.
The United States at the “Inflection Point” as the Winter Months Approach

The United States is at an “inflection point” as the colder winter months approach, the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital PolicyLab said this week in its latest COVID-19 forecast.

Throughout the fall, increases in the incidence of cases were mostly concentrated in areas with low vaccination rates, such as communities in Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, of Utah and Wyoming. However, experts are increasingly concerned that colder weather and increased indoor gatherings, such as Halloween weekend, “are further leading to increased transmission of COVID-19 during the next two weeks “.

The United States is likely at a critical time for more heavily vaccinated areas with colder weather and holiday gatherings approaching, according to the group.

“The coming weeks will reveal whether other highly vaccinated regions of the West, Midwest and Northeast can maintain stable incidence rates – and most importantly stable or declining hospitalizations – amid mounting pressure to ‘even colder weather and more gatherings,’ the experts wrote.

November 04, 3:21 p.m.
Alaska and Montana Dominate Infection Rate in United States

Despite high vaccination rates, several northern states, particularly in the Upper Midwest and Northeast, continue to see their number of cases increase as the weather cools, federal data shows.

Alaska currently has the highest infection rate in the country, followed by Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming.

The daily average of deaths in the United States, although down from the 1,800 deaths reported each day in September, remains around 1,100, which is almost six times higher than in mid-June, according to federal data.

November 04, 2:49 p.m.
Indiana Governor Considering Lawsuit Challenging Federal Vaccine Mandate

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said he was directing the state Department of Labor to “work with the attorney general on a lawsuit challenging the federal government” following the administration’s announcement Biden that big companies must start implementing a vaccine or testing mandate on January. 4.

Holcomb in a statement Thursday called Biden’s plan “going beyond the role of government.”

“While I agree that the vaccine is the tool that will best protect against COVID-19, this approach by the federal government is unprecedented and will have negative and unintended consequences for the supply chain and the workforce.” , did he declare.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has also said he will “fight” the mandate.

“If this rule is allowed to go into effect, many Nebraskans risk losing their jobs over something that should remain a personal health choice,” Ricketts said in a statement. “I have been in touch with the Attorney General today, who will lead Nebraska’s legal review of the potentially illegal federal vaccine mandate. We will fight. “

Vaccination mandates for companies with 100 or more workers are part of a sweeping new federal plan that identifies COVID-19 as an occupational hazard in the workplace. Industry groups had urged the administration to give more time to companies, warning that the imposition of any mandate now would exacerbate the shortage of workers in the country. The plan gives federal contractors an extra month to comply, pushing back the previously set December 8 deadline.

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