(NEW YORK) – The United States faces a wave of COVID-19 as the most contagious delta variant continues to spread.
More than 681,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while more than 4.7 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns University Hopkins. The average number of daily deaths in the United States has increased by about 20% over the past week, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
The United States continues to fall on the list of global immunization rates, currently at number 45, according to data compiled by the Financial Times. According to CDC data, only 64% of Americans aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Here is how the news is evolving. Every hour in the East:
Sep 23, 6:38 a.m.
COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new high in Iowa for 2021
More people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Iowa than at any other point
this year so far, according to weekly data released Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Data shows there are now 638 people hospitalized for the disease statewide, up from 578 last week. Although the figure is far from Iowa’s peak of more than 1,500 in mid-November last year, it is the most COVID-19 hospitalizations Hawkeye state has recorded since December.
Sep 22 19:48
FDA clears Pfizer booster dose for people 65 years and older, at high risk
The United States Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for people 65 years of age and older or at high risk of severe COVID-19, the agency said on Wednesday.
The dose is allowed to be administered at least six months after the second injection. High risk beneficiaries must be at least 18 years old.
The announcement comes days after a similar recommendation from FDA advisers.
The advisory board of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to vote on the recall recommendations on Thursday.
22 Sep 18:04
Florida lets parents choose to quarantine asymptomatic, close-contact children
The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday released an emergency rule that allows parents to choose to quarantine their children if they are considered close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
In such cases, parents can let their children “attend school, school-sponsored activities or be on school property, without restrictions or disparate treatments, as long as the student remains asymptomatic,” it said. the rule of urgency.
The move is the state’s latest to hold parents accountable for coronavirus measures in schools. In July, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order giving parents the choice of whether or not to send their children to school wearing masks, sparking an intense back-and-forth between state and districts that made mandatory masks in the weeks that followed.
DeSantis touted the new “symptom-based approach” during a press briefing on Wednesday.
“Quarantining healthy students is incredibly damaging to their academic advancement,” he said. âIt’s also incredibly disturbing for families across the state of Florida. “
At least one Florida superintendent has spoken out against the new quarantine rule.
“I find it ironic that the state’s new rule begins with the phrase ‘Due to an increase in COVID-19 infections, largely due to the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19”, “Carlee Simon, superintendent of public schools in Alachua County, said in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday.
“In fact, this rule is likely to further the spread of COVID-19 by preventing schools from implementing the common sense masking and quarantine policies recommended by the vast majority of medical professionals, including those in the county. Alachua, âshe added.
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