Coronavirus updates: US surpasses 400,000 COVID-19 deaths; fired Florida data scientist-turned-whistleblower arrested

Written by on January 19, 2021


Because the U.S. marks a grim milestone within the pandemic, the coronavirus vaccine rollout has been frustratingly gradual. USA TODAY

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Within the headlines:

► Rebekah Jones, the fired Florida Division of Well being information scientist-turned-whistleblower, turned herself in to police Sunday night to face a felony cost.

 ► The vast majority of People say the coronavirus pandemic is uncontrolled, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. Solely about 1 in 10 People say the pandemic is usually underneath management, the ballot discovered. “The nationwide survey exhibits that enormous majorities of individuals of all political affiliations say they suppose the lethal virus, which arrived within the nation practically a yr in the past, is simply considerably underneath management or under no circumstances managed,” the Washington Put up mentioned.

► Greater than 31 million vaccine doses have been distributed to states, however lower than half of them have been used to date. Acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines is rising, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll finds, however so is pessimism about getting again to regular.

►The U.S. surpassed 400,000 reported coronavirus deaths Tuesday, virtually double the full of the following most severely hit nation. Greater than 20,000 persons are dying per week. Since March 1, about 4 People have died each 5 minutes from COVID-19.

► As states proceed to wrestle with the gradual rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster threatened hospitals with an government order to hurry up vaccinations asking for a “Chick-Fil-A sort meeting line” in a press convention Monday. 

► Officers on the Navajo Nation reported 65 new COVID-19 instances and three extra deaths. The newest figures launched late Sunday convey the full reported coronavirus instances on the reservation to 26,448, together with 922 deaths.

► President Donald Trump introduced Monday that he’s lifting pandemic journey restrictions for Europe and Brazil. Incoming White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki, nonetheless, tweeted that President-elect Joe Biden “doesn’t intend to raise these restrictions on 1/26.”

► A number of California counties are pausing administration of greater than 300,000 Moderna coronavirus vaccine doses after state well being officers acquired experiences of “attainable allergic reactions” from one clinic.

► North Dakota reported zero coronavirus deaths Monday for the fifth time this month, though the fatality price by inhabitants continues to be among the many worst within the nation.

► The U.Ok. authorities plans to supply a primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine to each grownup by September, whereas in Brazil, high officers authorised the pressing use of coronavirus vaccines made by Sinovac and AstraZeneca.

📈 Immediately’s numbers: The U.S. has greater than 24 million confirmed coronavirus instances and greater than 400,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The worldwide totals: Greater than 95.5 million instances and a pair of million deaths.

📘 What we’re studying: On Jan. 20,2020, the US’ first recognized case of the novel coronavirus was found in Snohomish County, Washington. Within the yr since, COVID-19 has crept into each county within the nation, killing greater than 400,000 individuals, and infecting 1 in each 14 People. This is how the outbreak unfolded in that very first community.

Greater than 400,000 individuals have died within the US from the coronavirus

The U.S. reported 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday, one more reminder of how poorly the nation with the world’s largest economic system has fared in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Since Dec. 1, 9 People have died each 5 minutes from COVID-19.

As of two:48 p.m. Tuesday, the COVID-19 dying toll was at 400,022, in keeping with the Johns Hopkins College dashboard. In lower than a yr, practically as many People have died of COVID-19 than died throughout World Conflict II, in keeping with Johns Hopkins College information.

Not since Woodrow Wilson was in workplace in the course of the 1918 flu pandemic – which killed about 675,000 on this nation and 50 million worldwide – had a president overseen the lack of so many American lives. The pandemic ranks because the third-deadliest occasion within the historical past of the US, behind the 1918 Spanish flu and the Civil Conflict of 1861-1865. 

NYC Mayor says metropolis will run out of vaccine doses by Friday

New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned the town is vaccinating residents sooner daily and can run out of doses on Thursday until they obtain extra.

De Blasio mentioned at a Tuesday press conference the town distributed 220,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine final week, surpassing its personal aim of 175,000. After receiving a “small provide” of 53,000 doses Tuesday, the town now has simply 116,000 doses for the approaching week.

“On the price we’re going we are going to start to expire on Thursday,” de Blasio mentioned, including that with an sufficient provide as many as 300,000 individuals might be vaccinated this week. “We may have actually nothing left to present as of Friday.”

Vaccine websites should shutter as early as Friday, in keeping with de Blasio. The town will not be scheduled to obtain one other cargo till subsequent Tuesday, that means that vaccinations would doubtless not be capable to resume till subsequent Wednesday. 

De Blasio mentioned he’s “very hopeful” that President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration “goes to repair a whole lot of this.”

California pauses administration  of 1 lot of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine over attainable allergic reactions

California’s high epidemiologist really useful Sunday that medical suppliers cease administering doses from one lot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine after a “higher-than-usual” variety of attainable allergic reactions had been reported at one clinic.

The shipments arrived in California between Jan 5. and Jan. 12. Greater than 330,000 doses from the lot had been distributed to 287 suppliers within the state.

California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica S. Pan mentioned Sunday that fewer than 10 people required medical consideration after receiving the vaccine over the span of 24 hours and all seemed to be experiencing a possible extreme allergic response. The vaccine web site switched to a different lot of Moderna vaccine after closing for a couple of hours and no different clusters have been reported.

“Out of an excessive abundance of warning and likewise recognizing the extraordinarily restricted provide of vaccine, we’re recommending that suppliers use different accessible vaccine stock,” Pan mentioned in a statement.

Though much less information exists for Moderna’s vaccine, solely roughly 1 in 100,000 individuals are anticipated to expertise anaphylaxis after receiving an analogous vaccine, in keeping with the California Division of Public Well being.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, the Meals and Drug Administration and Moderna are investigating the incident.

Fired Florida information scientist arrested on felony pc cost

Rebekah Jones, the fired Florida Division of Well being information scientist-turned-whistleblower, turned herself in to police Sunday night to face a felony cost. 

Jones, 31, was charged underneath Florida’s pc associated crimes statute “with one rely of offenses towards customers of computer systems, pc methods, pc networks and digital units,” the FDLE mentioned. If convicted the third-degree felony can carry a penalty of as much as 5 years in jail and a $5,000 effective. 

Jones was fired from the Division of Well being in Could for alleged insubordination. She has claimed she was fired for refusing to physician the state’s COVID-19 numbers on the DOH’s coronavirus dashboard. Since then she has created her personal competing dashboard which she says presents the info extra actually, and consists of further public well being metrics.

The investigation started November 10 after FDLE acquired a criticism from the Florida Division of Well being that somebody illegally accessed a state emergency-alert messaging system, often known as ReadyOp. FDLE brokers decided the message was despatched from a residence on Centerville Courtroom in Tallahassee, the house of Jones, the company mentioned. 

The FDLE executed a search warrant on Jones’ house on December 7. Armed brokers raided Jones’ house seizing pc {hardware}, telephones and reminiscence units. The raid drew criticism from some for its heavy handedness. 

– Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon, Florida Immediately

Nationwide COVID-19 memorial scheduled Tuesday in Washington

A nationwide memorial to honor the lives misplaced to COVID-19 is scheduled for Tuesday night, in keeping with the Presidential Inaugural Committee. 

Although Washington, D.C., is at a heightened degree of safety following the Jan. 6 riots, the memorial “will function a lighting across the the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool,” the PIC mentioned in an announcement on Monday. 

President-elect Joe Biden – together with Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff – will take part within the occasion to gentle the reflecting pool with 400 lights to honor lives misplaced to COVID-19. That is the first-ever lighting across the reflecting pool on the Lincoln Memorial.

Iconic buildings just like the Empire State Constructing in New York to the Area Needle in Seattle are additionally scheduled to be illuminated. As well as, a whole lot of cities, cities, tribes and communities all throughout the nation have additionally dedicated to becoming a member of the tribute in a nationwide second of unity. 

Starbucks companions with Washington state on vaccine distribution logistics

The state of Washington is teaming with Starbucks to streamline vaccine rollout, setting a brand new aim to dole out 45,000 doses a day, Gov. Jay Inslee introduced Monday.

“It’s that sort of complete mobilization of our neighborhood we will have to see, to fulfill these very, very bold targets,” he told NBC. “We did in World Conflict II, we are able to do it now.”

The state has a inhabitants of seven.6 million, however solely 31,500 individuals have been inoculated with each doses of the vaccine, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has reported. 

“We simply did the maths and found out at this price of vaccinations, it is going to take 6,7,eight years for this nation to get vaccinated,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson mentioned to NBC. “And we won’t suppose that is an appropriate tempo.”

Biden administration to take ‘extra lively position’ in COVID-19 response

The Trump administration set unrealistic expectations by saying 20 million People can be vaccinated by the tip of December, mentioned Jason Schwartz, assistant professor of public well being at Yale College. As of the final replace Friday, 31.2 million doses had been distributed and 12.3 million vaccine photographs had been utilized, in keeping with the CDC.

“The design to this point of this vaccination rollout was so decentralized that it was principally, ship vaccines to every state, you inform us the place to ship them, give us the mailing addresses and you’re taking it from there,” Schwartz mentioned. However “one factor we’ve seen already from the incoming Biden administration is that they intend to have a much more lively and engaged position in supporting this vaccination effort, coordinating it, main it.”

Biden has assembled a COVID-19 response crew and vowed to have 100 million doses of vaccine administered in his first 100 days in workplace. On Thursday, he proposed a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief bundle that features $70 billion for virus testing and a nationwide vaccination program.

Contributing: The Related Press


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