by Associated Press
TOPEKA, Kan. — Families and advocates for the elderly in Kansas argue that while most nursing home residents are vaccinated against the coronavirus, some facilities need to relax rules.
A state official who investigates complaints against nursing homes as well as elder care Kansas Advocates for Better Care called on the state Tuesday to intervene when nursing homes weren’t open enough.
Some industry executives still need to exercise caution because of the growing presence of the fast-spreading delta version of the coronavirus in Kansas.
Operators face tough choices even after nursing homes were COVID-19 hot spots earlier in the pandemic, but residents’ advocates worry the Delta version could close homes again.
More on the pandemic:
– Dr. Fauci, Sen. Paul accuse business of lying about virus
— CDC: Delta version accounts for 83% of US cases
– UK hits highest daily virus deaths in 4 months
– Research: Millions of people may die during the pandemic in India
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Here’s what else is happening:
Jackson, Miss. Mississippi state health officials are asking people to get vaccinated because a highly transmissible version of the coronavirus is spreading in the state, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the US.
Dr. Thomas Dobbs said on Tuesday: “Yeah, we’re going to have a tough few weeks.”
He says the recent surge in cases has filled intensive care units in 13 Mississippi hospitals, and that fewer than 10% of ICU beds are available in many other hospitals.
Dobbs says non-vaccinated people should take “common-sense steps” to reduce transmission, including doing social activities outdoors rather than indoors. He says people can choose to wear masks to reduce the spread of the virus, but he is not asking government Tate Reeves to restore the broad mask mandate.
With COVID-19 cases rising across the country, school districts across the US are again facing the realities of a polarized country and a lingering pandemic as they rapidly prepare for the upcoming new school year with mask requirements, vaccine regulations and social distancing. navigate the requirements.
Students in Wichita, Kansas, public schools can leave masks on when classes begin. Detroit public schools will probably only need them for the illiterate. In Pittsburgh, masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. And in some states, schools may not make face coverings mandatory under any circumstances.
Deep political divisions over the spread and outbreak of the delta variant lead to complex decisions in districts from coast to coast.
School officials say the decision about requiring masks is complicated not only by community pressure and the delta version, but also by conflicting advice from public health officials.
Boston – Boston health officials are urging recent visitors to Provincetown to self-isolate and get tested after a cluster of coronavirus cases linked to the popular Cape Cod tourist city.
The Boston Public Health Commission said Tuesday that at least 35 coronavirus cases in Boston have been traced to Provincetown, with the vast majority of cases involving people who were fully vaccinated.
Anyone who has traveled to Provincetown since July 1 is being asked to be tested at least five days after returning. Travel guidance tells recent visitors to self-isolate and avoid gatherings for at least five days and until they receive a negative test.
Provincetown officials issued a new mask advisory on Monday after more than 100 people tested positive after the Fourth of July holiday.
scheduled tribe. LOUIS — The head of the St. Louis area’s pandemic task force says the region is facing a third wave of coronavirus infections, which could cause more deaths and serious cases if residents don’t get vaccinated and wear masks in public Wear it back.
Dr Clay Dunagan said on Tuesday that seven COVID-19 patients have died in the St. Louis area during the past 24 hours and 91 were admitted to intensive care units.
Dunagan says those who have been vaccinated should also wear masks in public, because as of Tuesday only 46.3% of Missourians were fully vaccinated.
He says that although the CDC has allowed vaccinated people to go without a mask, the St. Louis area’s vaccination rate isn’t high enough to follow that recommendation because of the more infectious Delta variant as new cases emerged.
HAVANA – The COVID-19 pandemic is slamming Cuba like never before, even as the country races to roll out its own domestic vaccines – the only locally developed ones widely used in Latin America shots.
The island had seen far fewer infections that most other Latin American countries in the first year or more of the pandemic, imposing strict quarantines, isolating the infected and shutting down their tourism industry despite the disastrous economic consequences.
But new cases have been increasing in recent weeks. The first three weeks of July accounted for nearly 100,000 of the roughly 300,000 infections reported in Cuba overall. Cuba’s national director of epidemiology said on Tuesday that 717 people had died in Cuba so far this month – a large proportion of the total of 2,019 people killed.
Concern over that spread was one of the factors that added to the wave of street protests that spread across the country on 11 July.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama is suffering a “self-inflicted” wound from COVID-19, a health leader says, hospitals are filling up as the state lags the nation in vaccinations.
According to state figures, around 500 people are being treated for this virus across the state. A month ago only 166 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, thousands more were vaccinated before the new Delta version took hold.
Hospitals are far from the critical point reached in January, when about 3,000 people were being treated at one time. But the president of the Alabama Hospital Association says the delta variant threatens to make the situation worse, except for an increase in vaccinations,
According to state data, only 38% of the state’s population has received at least one vaccine dose and only 31% have been fully vaccinated.
LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas school district says it only requires face masks for some students, despite strict guidelines to follow recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The district requires face masks for fourth and fifth graders, but makes them optional for preschool to third graders. Students and teachers of classes VI to XII will not be required to wear masks if they are vaccinated. The district with more than 300,000 students is about to start its school year on August 9.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools require face masks for children over age 2 and for all adults, regardless of vaccination status.
NEW ORLEANS – The city of New Orleans is considering new restrictions after a nine-fold increase in daily coronavirus cases and the percentage of positive tests.
City spokesman Beau Tidwell says rules involving masks are “definitely a strong possibility” when the city’s plan is announced on Wednesday.
The average daily number of cases rose to 99 on Monday from 11 two weeks ago. Most of the new cases involve the delta version of the virus. The city eased most virus-related restrictions in May, including masking requirements for businesses and individuals.
An infectious disease specialist at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans says equipment and supplies are readily available as virus cases rise, but nurses are not. Sandra Camarli says that “health care workers are exhausted. “
WASHINGTON — A confrontation has erupted on Capitol Hill between the government’s top infectious disease doctor and a US senator, each accusing the other of lying.
Dr. Anthony Fauci angrily confronted Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, testifying before a Senate committee. Fauci rejected Paul’s insistence that the US facilitate research in a Chinese laboratory that could have sparked the COVID-19 outbreak.
Fauci, speaking to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, said the study the senator referred to entirely referred to a different type of virus than the one responsible for the coronavirus outbreak.
Fauci added: “If anyone is lying here, Senator, it’s you.”
It was the latest in a series of conflicts between Paul and Fauci about the origins of the virus that caused the global pandemic.
LONDON – Britain has recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus-related deaths in four months, following a spike in infections amid the spread of the delta version and the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
Government data on Tuesday showed 96 new virus-related deaths, the highest since March 24. Britain also recorded 46,558 confirmed cases. The numbers have traditionally been higher on Tuesdays due to the weekend reporting lag.
The rise in deaths comes a day after the British government ended lockdown restrictions, including social distancing and mask-wearing, in England. Critics have warned that this would lead to further spread of the coronavirus and possible deaths in the coming weeks.
The UK’s confirmed virus death toll stands at 128,823, the seventh highest in the world.
NEW YORK – Health officials say the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to rise and accounts for an estimated 83% of US COVID-19 cases.
This is a dramatic increase from the week of July 3, when the variant accounted for nearly 50% of the genetically sequenced coronavirus cases.
“The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 variants is to stop the spread of the disease, and vaccination is the most powerful tool we have,” said Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hearing in the US Senate on Tuesday.
The delta variant is a mutated coronavirus that spreads more easily than the other versions. It was first found in India but now it has been recognized worldwide.
MEXICO CITY – Officials in Mexico say they have been given fake doses of the COVID-19 drug remdesivir for sale on the Internet and at a private hospital near the US border.
The Federal Medical Safety Commission said late Monday that the counterfeit antiviral drug, which it called a “health risk”, was found at a hospital in the Gulf Coast city of Tampico in the border state of Tamaulipas.
The commission said the supplements were purchased “irregularly” on the Internet, but did not state whether the drug was used there.
The drug’s manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, confirmed the falsification. Appearance and lot number on packaging do not match original.
The US and Mexico have approved remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19.
NEW DELHI – The most comprehensive research yet estimated that India’s excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic were 10 times the official COVID-19 toll.
Most experts believe India’s official death toll of 414,000 was too low, but the government has dismissed those concerns. A report released on Tuesday estimated 3 million to 4.7 million more deaths between January 2020 and this June.
It calculated its figures by comparing deaths to pre-pandemic years, looking at the spread of the virus in the population, and using the current economic survey. The report also estimated that India’s initial virus surge last year killed many more people than reported, creating conditions for a horrific surge earlier this year.
The report was published by Arvind Subramaniam, former Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India and two other researchers from the Center for Global Development and Harvard University, a Washington-based non-profit think tank.
Cairo – Muslims around the world are celebrating the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, or “the Feast of Sacrifice”, in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s holiday comes amid growing concerns about the highly contagious Delta variant that has prompted some countries to impose new restrictions.
Indonesia is facing a devastating new wave of coronavirus cases and has imposed various restrictions.
Already, the pandemic has taken a toll on Hajj, a sacred mainstay of Islam, for a second year, the last day of which coincides with Eid al-Adha. Islamic pilgrimage has been reduced dramatically because of the virus.