The country’s largest hospital association on Wednesday called on all healthcare workers to be vaccinated as cases continue to rise across the country.
“To protect all patients, communities and personnel from known and substantial exposures to COVID-19, the American Hospital Association strongly urges the vaccination of all health care workers,” the organization said in a policy statement. “AHA also supports hospitals and health systems that adopt mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for health care workers, whether or not these policies are implemented with local factors and circumstances.”
The AHA – which represents about 5,000 hospitals – is the largest healthcare group supporting mandatory vaccine requirements for health workers.
The latest national spike in coronavirus cases – with new infections in the US nearly tripling in the past two weeks – leaves health care workers still frustrated by the brutal winter surge.
Health officials said the best defense is vaccination, keeping shots in mind to reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death.
“If you are a fully vaccinated person and you are meeting someone who has COVID, you really have no need to fear the virus. Vaccines are very strong,” said senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Dr. Amesh Adalja said. “What we are seeing now in the United States, as the CDC director has said, is an epidemic of unvaccinated. That’s where the risk is.”
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President Joe Biden told a town hall audience in Ohio on Wednesday evening that he expects the Food and Drug Administration to “soon” give final approval for COVID-19 vaccines.
Gov. Greg Abbott says he will not enforce another statewide mask mandate despite COVID-19 cases rising again in Texas.
The US will reportedly continue to ban non-essential passengers from Mexico and Canada via land and ferry until at least August 21. Canada announced Monday that it will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents on August 9, with plans to allow fully vaccinated travelers to any country on September 7. To give.
Today’s issue: The US has more than 34.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 609,800 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: More than 191.9 million cases and 4.1 million deaths. According to the CDC, approximately 161.9 million Americans — 48.8% of the population — have been fully vaccinated.
What we are reading: A hospital in Houston has the first case of a lambda version of the coronavirus, but public health experts say it is too early to tell whether this variant will cause the same level of concern as Delta. what to know.
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US beach volleyball player tests positive for COVID-19, possibly ruling her out of Olympics
American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan and is unlikely to be able to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, according to Wednesday’s report.
The Orange County Register and an NBC affiliate in Los Angeles reported that Krabbe, 29, recorded a positive test over the weekend, which will likely prevent him from competing in his first scheduled match with partner Jake Gibb on Sunday.
Crabbe will be the first American athlete to drop out of competition at the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19 in Japan.
USA Volleyball confirmed in a statement that one of its members tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, but declined to provide any other additional details, including the identity of the individual.
“The health and safety of our athletes, coaches and employees is our top priority,” the organization said in a statement. “We can confirm that a member of Team USA tested positive upon arrival in Japan. In line with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel. Out of respect for the individual’s privacy, we would like to know more about this.” Can’t provide. Time.”
— Tom Shad,
Missouri Announces Vaccine Lottery; State faith leaders call for vaccination
Vaccinated Missourians will now have the opportunity to win prizes worth $10,000 under a new lottery program announced by Governor Mike Parson on Wednesday.
The announcement came on the same day that Missouri reported 3,031 new cases of the virus, the highest daily count since January. So far, 9,526 Missourians have died from COVID-19, and the state has reported a total of 549,191 cases. The early, rapid spread of the more contagious Delta version of the virus has put Missouri under a national microscope in recent months, with federal officials warning that the state could be a harbinger of things to come in the US.
The Network Vaccine Tracker showed that of Missouri’s 6.1 million residents, only 40% have been fully vaccinated, with 47% of residents taking at least one dose. Those levels are far below the “herd immunity” commonly believed by scientists when at least 70% of the population has been vaccinated.
The 125-year-old Missouri-based Baptist publication Word and Way organized and published a statement supported by more than 200 Christian leaders. He urged everyone to vaccinate Jesus as “an easy way to live” in accordance with the command to “love your neighbor as yourself”.
– Galen Bacharier and Gregory J. Holman, Springfield News-Leader
Contribution: Associated Press.