Los Angeles County to require masks indoors – regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status: Live updates

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COVID-19: Circumstances and deaths enhance with the rise of Delta variant

COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalizations are on the rise within the U.S. as fall approaches, and the largest concern is youngsters, in response to well being consultants.

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Los Angeles County, probably the most populated county within the U.S., will as soon as once more require folks to put on masks indoors – no matter vaccination standing – because of a latest surge in new COVID-19 circumstances.

The startling change, introduced precisely a month after California grew to become one of many final within the nation to reopen and drop coronavirus mandates, goals to stunt an uptick in new circumstances mixed with the unfold of the extremely infectious delta variant. It’s going to go into impact at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

“That is an all-hands-on-deck second,” the county‘s well being officer, Dr. Muntu Davis, stated throughout a Thursday afternoon press briefing.

The information out of California comes as the U.S. is as soon as once more reporting greater than 1,000 new coronavirus infections each hour, in response to a USA TODAY evaluation of Johns Hopkins College information for the week ending Wednesday.

The nation is averaging about 25,300 new circumstances per day, greater than double the speed of the week of June 22. The overall rose in 48 states – all however Iowa and South Dakota. Nonetheless, the totals characterize solely about 10% of the numbers reported within the U.S. in its worst week in January. 

Deaths additionally rose in most states, and deaths and infections are additionally as soon as once more rising globally. The World Well being Group reported deaths climbed final week after 9 straight weeks of decline. It recorded greater than 55,000 lives misplaced, a 3% enhance from the week earlier than. Circumstances rose 10% final week to just about Three million, WHO stated.

Low vaccination charges, the relief of masks guidelines and different precautions, and the swift unfold of the more-contagious delta variant are blamed. Sarah McCool, a professor of public well being at Georgia State College, stated the mixture quantities to a “recipe for a possible tinderbox.”

Additionally within the information:

►Becoming a member of a rising record of medical facilities throughout the nation, St. Jude Youngsters’s Analysis Hospital would require all staff to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, the hospital confirmed in an electronic mail Thursday.

►The variety of People making use of for unemployment advantages has reached its lowest degree because the pandemic struck final yr.

►Wealthy Eisen, who anchors particular occasion protection for the NFL Community, is quarantining with COVID-19 regardless of having obtained each doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February, in response to an Instagram submit Thursday.

►USA Basketball nationwide staff guard Bradley Beal, one of many NBA’s main scorers, has been positioned in well being and security protocols simply days earlier than the beginning of the Olympics, an individual accustomed to the event informed USA TODAY Sports activities. His availability for the video games was unsure.

►Coronavirus infections within the Britain hit one other six-month excessive Thursday, whereas the variety of COVID-19 deaths was the very best since late March. The federal government warned that 100,000 every day infections could also be potential this summer time.

►Nebraska will resume reporting coronavirus statistics after dropping the apply every week in the past after public well being consultants extensively criticized the choice. The updates will probably be weekly relatively than every day. 

►New coronavirus circumstances leaped in New York within the week ending Sunday, rising 66%, state and nationwide information present.

►The U.S. is delivery greater than 3.2 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines.

►Australia’s second-largest metropolis, Melbourne, started a five-day lockdown on Thursday evening because of rising COVID-19 clusters.

►Italy is sending greater than 25 tons of ventilators, masks, surgical robes, disposable gloves and hand gel to Tunisia. Final month, Tunisia had one of many highest per capital an infection charges in Africa. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s Africa director, says some hospitals throughout the continent of 1.Three billion individuals are on the breaking level.

? In the present day’s numbers: The U.S. has had greater than 33.9 million confirmed COVID-19 circumstances and greater than 608,300 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins College information. The worldwide totals: greater than 188.7 million circumstances and greater than four million deaths. Greater than 160.four million People — 48.3% of the inhabitants — have been totally vaccinated, in response to the CDC.

? What we’re studying: Web useless zones and thick homework packets took an emotional toll on Navajo college students in the course of the COVID-19 college yr. However they did not quit.

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The Yankees’ post-All-Star break opener in opposition to the Boston Crimson Sox on Thursday evening was postponed due to optimistic COVID-19 checks amongst vaccinated New York pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta.

Yankees normal supervisor Brian Cashman stated three extra checks had been pending and he assumed they might come again optimistic. Cashman stated all three had been totally vaccinated, as are many of the gamers on the staff. Whereas vaccinations don’t forestall an individual from contracting COVID, it prevents extreme results. Learn extra.

Los Angeles County has been averaging greater than 1,000 new circumstances a day during the last week. That’s considerably greater than earlier than the state formally reopened its economic system and dropped most of its coronavirus mandates on June 15. In the future earlier than the state reopened, Los Angeles County reported 135 new COVID-19 circumstances.

When requested about subsequent steps, Davis, the well being officer, stated all the things was “on the desk” when it got here to different COVID-19 precautions, together with the potential of companies being required as soon as once more to scale back capability. However, he added, this was a primary step in hopes of curbing the “substantial” enhance in circumstances over a brief time frame so extra mandates would not be required.

– Christal Hayes

A naturopathic doctor in California has been arrested and charged after federal prosecutors stated she offered pretend COVID-19 immunization remedies and fraudulent vaccination playing cards that made it seem to be prospects obtained Moderna vaccines.

Juli A. Mazi, 41, of Napa, was charged with one depend of wire fraud and one depend of false statements associated to well being care issues, the U.S. Division of Justice stated in a press release Wednesday.

The case is the primary federal felony fraud prosecution associated to homeoprophylaxis immunizations and fraudulent Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention COVID-19 vaccination playing cards, the division stated.

The top of the World Well being Group acknowledged it was untimely to rule out a possible hyperlink between the COVID-19 pandemic and a laboratory leak, and he stated Thursday he’s asking China to be extra clear as scientists seek for the origins of the coronavirus.

In a uncommon departure from his ordinary deference to highly effective member international locations, WHO Director-Basic Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated gaining access to uncooked information had been a problem for the worldwide staff that traveled to China earlier this yr to research the supply of COVID-19. The primary human circumstances had been recognized within the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan.

Tedros informed reporters that the U.N. well being company primarily based in Geneva is “asking truly China to be clear, open and cooperate, particularly on the knowledge, uncooked information that we requested for on the early days of the pandemic.”

He stated there had been a “untimely push” to rule out the idea that the virus might need escaped from a Chinese language authorities lab in Wuhan – undermining the WHO’s personal March report, which concluded {that a} laboratory leak was “extraordinarily unlikely.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci referred to as Missouri’s renewed battle with COVID-19 “totally predictable” however urged vaccination by way of native and group initiatives within the Present-Me State to quell rising case hundreds and hospitalizations. 

In a Thursday interview with the Springfield Information-Chief, a part of the USA TODAY Community, the director of the U.S. Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments and president’s chief medical advisor cited the state’s lagging vaccination charge as a key indicator for the delta virus variant’s surge.

Missouri continues to lag behind the nationwide vaccination charge common, with 39.9% of the inhabitants totally vaccinated as of Thursday, in response to state information. Springfield and southwest Missouri have seen the brunt of rising infections and hospitalizations throughout the state in latest weeks, with hospitals straining near capability and the Springfield/Greene County Well being Division requesting an alternate care website from the state this week. Learn extra.

– Galen Bacharier, Springfield Information-Chief

New coronavirus circumstances surged to 1,308 in Tokyo on Thursday, a six-month excessive, as fears rise of a potential dramatic enhance that might flood hospitals in the course of the Olympics that begin in eight days.

Tokyo is underneath a fourth state of emergency, which started Monday and requires eating places and bars to shut early and never serve alcohol by way of the Olympics, which begin July 23. Learn extra.

Greater than 600,000 white flags will cowl the Nationwide Mall this fall in a public artwork set up honoring of the victims of COVID-19 within the U.S.

Maryland artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg introduced the “In America: Bear in mind” undertaking Thursday to create “a nationwide alternative to mirror upon the large toll of the pandemic of 2020 and 2021.”

“This fall as employers convey staff again to workplace buildings and college students return to high school, it is going to be too straightforward to ‘return to regular,'” Brennan Firstenberg stated in a press launch. “However for one in three American households, there is no such thing as a regular.”

The set up will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3. Guests will probably be allowed stroll by way of the three.Eight miles of paths and dedicate a flag for a cherished one. Folks who can’t go to in particular person can dedicate a flag on-line to look in bodily type on the Mall.

Brennan Firstenberg first put in the undertaking final fall at a website at D.C.’s Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, the place she positioned greater than 267,000 flags earlier than the exhibition ran out of house.

Dr. Vivek Murthy issued his first advisory as President Joe Biden’s surgeon normal on Thursday, warning of the “pressing menace of well being misinformation” in the course of the pandemic.

Within the advisory, Murthy stated misinformation and disinformation has contributed to a decline in COVID-19 vaccinations and a rise in violence in opposition to well being officers and others imposing social distancing protocols. About two-thirds of U.S. adults have gotten at the very least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, in response to CDC information. 

The advisory additionally lays out numerous steps people, households, educators, well being professionals, journalists and tech corporations, amongst others, can do to fight misinformation.

Indonesia reported greater than 54,000 new coronavirus circumstances for the primary time Wednesday, surpassing latest every day infections in India, whose disastrous outbreak is declining, and changing into Asia’s new virus hotspot.

Officers worry that the extra extremely transmissible delta variant is now spreading from the islands of Java and Bali, the place outbreaks prompted a partial lockdown that closed locations of worship, malls, parks and eating places. The Well being Ministry reported 54,517 new circumstances Wednesday; a month in the past every day circumstances had been operating at about 8,000.

Contributing: Christal Hayes and Mike Stucka, USA TODAY; The Related Press.

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