Some US Hospitals Going on Thanksgiving Vacation: Live COVID-19 Updates

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As families prepare to gather on Thanksgiving holidays, some hospitals around the country are inundated with COVID cases and staff shortages, and exacerbations for holiday gatherings can worsen it.

The closure of the New York Emergency Department on Monday was sparked by staff shortages after health workers were not allowed to continue working because of state law. Mount Sinai South Nassau’s emergency room in Long Beach directs patients to its Oceanside Emergency Department.

Officials in Denver say hospitals are filling, with about 80% of those hospitalized for COVID not vaccinated, 9 News reported. Dr. Robin Wittenstein, Denver Health’s CEO, told the outlet that his system was “on the verge of collapse.”

“We are here today because so many people have decided not to get vaccinated even if they are eligible,” said Bob McDonald, executive director of the Denver Public Health and Environment Department.

The University of Iowa Hospital is worried about hardship as the number of cases of flu and flu increases. In Dubuque County, the number of hospitalizations for Kovid is as high as a year before vaccines became available.

“It’s cold now, and people are going home, and everybody’s tired of it,” said Theresa Brennan, chief medical officer. “People are hungry for human contact. And because of that, people are less strict about gathering, hiding, alienating than they were last year.”

Hospitals in the cold Upper Midwest, especially Michigan and Minnesota, are mostly filled with non-vaccinated COVID-19 patients.

Although the availability of vaccines has made family gatherings safer, health experts are worried that large crowds in hot spots, especially with non-vaccinated people, can worsen COVID exacerbations during the holidays.

For the holidays, “as we’ve been saying for months, we encourage people to do it safely after being vaccinated thoroughly,” said Dr. Drew, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Said Rochelle Valensky.

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ಂದ Today’s numbers: According to Johns Hopkins University statistics, the US recorded more than 47 million COVID-19 cases and more than 773,000 deaths. Global total: More than 258 million cases and 5.1 million deaths. According to the CDC, 196 million Americans – 59% of the population – are fully vaccinated.

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Medical, education and transportation units compete for exemption from Tennessee’s new COVID law

Dozens of Tennessee health care, higher education and consulting firms applied for official exemptions last week from the state’s new law that would strictly curtail businesses from enforcing the COVID-19 restrictions.

Legislation signed into law by Governor Bill Lee earlier this month prohibits the need for COVID-19 vaccines or vaccination proof for most private businesses. But the bill sets up a provision for entities that are at risk of losing major federal funds if federal contractors, transportation officials and health care providers treat Medicare or Medicaid patients.

The Tennessee Comptroller began accepting exemption applications on Nov. 15 and received 76 by the end of the week, although legal applications have been reduced by some duplicate and incorrect submissions. So far, negatives are rare.

Of the 76 applications, five have been rejected, while 44 applications are awaiting approval.

– Melissa Brown, Nashville Tennessee

Is another major wave of COVID-19 going to Kentucky?

Probably, some local health professionals say, watching the gradual increase in new cases. The rise follows a sharp decrease in cases of summer escalating heels driven by the Delta transformation.

“I think… if you look at the whole country, we are clearly seeing another wave,” said Dr. Greene, vice-dean of research at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Said John Klein.

“If you look at the increasing number of places, I find it difficult to find evidence that we are an exception,” said Klein, a member of the local COVID-19 task force of health officials. “We have too many people who are not vaccinated.”

The incidence of new infections and positive cases of COVID-19 continues to rise for a few weeks after declining in mid-October.

On Monday, Kentucky reported 44 new deaths, 822 new cases – the highest Monday in four weeks. Saturday and Sunday – with 2,048 and 1,018 new cases respectively – were the worst Saturday and Sunday in a month.

– Deborah Yeater and Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier-Journal

Contribution: Associated Press

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