Delta Variant: ‘The Rules Have Changed, We Have A Different Epidemic Now’

One in 500 Americans have died from COVID-19 as of September 15, 2021

Medical experts looking into the Provincetown outbreak of COVID-19 have found the now-dominant delta variant may be able to spread among fully vaccinated people. The good news among the Ptown crowd is there were very few hospitalizations and zero deaths thanks to the majority of those infected having been vaccinated. Continue reading “Delta Variant: ‘The Rules Have Changed, We Have A Different Epidemic Now’”

U.S. Records Highest Number Of New COVID Cases In The World (Again)

New cases of COVID-19 spiked on July 17, 2021, as the Delta variant continues to spread in the U.S.
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Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 data tracking shows the United States had a massive spike of 79,310 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

On July 4, the number of new cases being reported had dropped to 3,491.

From The Daily Beast:

The number is the highest in the world, exceeding recorded totals from Indonesia (54,000), the United Kingdom (51,949), and Brazil (45,591), and doubling that of India (38,079).

The spiking case number matches the level hit in October 2020, a record at the time, though it would not remain so for long.

Despite the effectiveness of multiple vaccines against the virus, vaccine hesitancy is fueling “a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” according to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

The vast majority of all patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, according to the CDC.

Arkansas Leads Nation In New COVID Cases As Vaccinations Decline

One in 500 Americans have died from COVID-19 as of September 15, 2021

Y’all…please get vaccinated. I’m just saying.

From USA Today:

Cases of COVID-19 have doubled in the U.S. in the past two weeks, and Arkansas is becoming a case study in how low vaccination rates can fuel the spread of the virus.

Arkansas continues to be the nation’s top state for new cases per capita, and only 35% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus appears to be largely sparing vaccinated people from the most severe illness.

“Of all of our critically ill COVID positive patients at Baptist Health facilities, none have been fully vaccinated,” said Stephanie Whitaker, chief nursing executive for Baptist Health, a major healthcare provider in the state.

The state’s Department of Health said there are 240 COVID-19 patients in the state’s ICUs and 118 on ventilators. Only 4% of the state’s intensive care unit beds are available.

Cases of COVID-19 rose in all 50 states this week.