Monday, January 30, 2023

Live: Daily Coronavirus News Updates, Nov 9: What You Need To Know Today About COVID-19 In The Seattle Area, Washington State And Around The World

In an attempt to reclaim a vaccination mandate for private employers after it was suspended by a federal court, the Biden administration said the mandate was a matter of life and death. Blocking the mandate will only prolong the pandemic and lead to more deaths, the administration said in a statement in response to a court-ordered pause.

Meanwhile, Japanese health officials did not report a death from COVID-19 on Sunday for the first time in 15 months. As the number of COVID-19 cases in the country continues to decline, officials have eased travel restrictions on fully vaccinated international students, employees and business travelers.

We are updating this page with the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Seattle, the United States and the world. Click here to see real-time updates from previous days and all other news on the coronavirus, and here to see how we track the daily spread of the virus in Washington DC.

8:30 am

California sea otters are vaccinated at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

When Dr. Mike Murray’s needle was ready, a new definition of vaccine hesitant emerged in this scene. It wriggled and writhed, even as four assistants in thick, bite-proof gloves held the patient on a mat with a gym bag filled with foam.

“Buzz was a saw in a fur coat,” Murray joked after firing at a patch of thick fur.

It was all over in 10 seconds, no selfies, stickers or lollipops. And the recipient of the latest COVID-19 vaccine in California was ready to return to the tank that serves as her temporary home at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The aquarium has begun vaccinating sea otters – a species still on the endangered species list – in an effort to reduce the risk of a devastating outbreak among the furry favorite mascots of the California Central Coast.

The program, which is considered the country’s first vaccine for sea otters, is being closely watched by other aquariums and zoos, which are likely to follow suit.

“There is a lot of evidence that this family of animals – ferrets, minks, otters – is susceptible,” said Murray, the aquarium’s chief veterinarian. “We have a responsibility to protect animal health.”

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—Paul Rogers, Mercury News

7:57 am

Vermont College Blames Halloween Parties for COVID Outbreak

College officials in Colchester, Vermont, blame Halloween parties for the COVID outbreak as Vermont reported a record number of coronavirus cases in the past week.

The virus is spreading in Vermont as more people gather inside to avoid the cold. Experts warn that holiday gatherings this winter could lead to an increase in the number of cases.

According to the New York Times database, the number of new daily cases of the disease has increased by 51% in the past two weeks. Hospital admissions are also on the rise, heightening concerns about the state’s hospital capacity as winter approaches.

Michael’s College, a liberal arts school north of Burlington, reports 77 students have tested positive for the virus this week and last week, according to the college’s COVID-19 dashboard. In letters to the school, college president Lorraine Sturritt said Halloween parties were causing the outbreak.

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– Alissa Lukpat, The New York Times

7:06 am

A physician-turned-senator opposes the introduction of the vaccine. His favorite weapon? Natural immunity

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Roger Marshall, a physician-turned-US senator, is fighting in Congress against vaccination demands.

Last week, he signed up to try to reverse a new rule issued by President Joe Biden’s administration requiring most private employers to vaccinate or test their workers weekly by January 4th. He pledged not to vote on the government funding bill unless it contains a clause that would revoke the mandate. He made an amendment to ensure that anyone who does not comply with the military mandate to vaccinate must be fired with honor.

The Kansas Senator has been vaccinated and encourages people to do the same. But in the military prescriptions, Marshall repeatedly raised the concept of “natural immunity” – the immunity that results from contracting a virus – as a reason people should be able to refuse the vaccine.

He is one of many Republicans in Congress who are pushing for the Centers for Disease Control to loosen vaccination rules for those already sick. This includes releasing them from their workplace mandate at the White House.

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– Daniel Desrocher, McClatchy Washington Bureau

6:46 am

People “ voluntarily unvaccinated ” in Singapore will no longer receive free COVID-19 treatment

Eighty-five percent of people in Singapore eligible for the coronavirus vaccine are fully vaccinated, and 18% have received a booster shot.

But on Monday, the Singapore government said it would no longer cover the medical costs of the “voluntarily unvaccinated” people that make up the bulk of the remaining new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city-state.

“Currently, unvaccinated people make up the vast majority of those in need of intensive inpatient care and disproportionately increase the pressure on our health resources,” the Health Ministry said in a statement Monday. “Patients with COVID-19 who have not been vaccinated of their choice can still use normal health financing mechanisms to pay their bills where applicable.”

The government is currently paying the bill for any Singaporean citizen, permanent resident and long-term work permit holder who is sick with COVID-19 if the test fails shortly after returning from overseas.

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—Miriam Berger, The Washington Post

6:22 am

Find out the last 24 hours

Soon, all adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer is expected to seek and obtain federal approval for widespread use of its booster, according to officials familiar with the situation. A few months ago, public health experts did not consider this necessary, but new evidence is changing the picture. See if you are eligible for a booster.

Hundreds of Seattle’s Youngest Students received their first dose of vaccine yesterday as their families applauded and cheered. Vaccination doses in schools across the region are running out quickly, but new clinics are planned. Here’s how to find them and other tips for finding pictures for kids.

Breakthrough infection study by Redmond startup found that patients who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were more likely to be hospitalized than patients who received other vaccines. Truveta has pooled its data from 20 healthcare systems in 42 states.

Richard Solis nearly died of COVID in Seattle. He then returned to Harborview Medical Center to apologize to staff for not being vaccinated, saying, “This could have been avoided.”

Only a third of pregnant women are vaccinated. against COVID-19, but they are especially vulnerable to it, experts say. This Q&A section explains what pregnant women should know.

MP with COVID had to miss his anti-vaccination rally.

—Chris Higginson

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