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Colorado announces its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan | National Politics - Auburn Citizen
DENVER (AP) — Colorado on Friday released its distribution plan an approved coronavirus vaccine when it becomes publicly available as the state faced a deadline to submit it to the U.S. Centers...
DENVER (AP) Colorado on Friday released its distribution plan an approved coronavirus vaccine when it becomes publicly available as the state faced a deadline to submit it to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The distribution plan prioritizes three groups of people for the order in which people in those groups will be eligible to get vaccines. The first group of recipients is broken down into three levels of prioritized people and the second has two levels. In the first phase, the priority recipients will be assisted living facility workers, home health care workers and outpatient pharmacists. Next are police officers, firefighters, public health workers and corrections staff. The third level of vaccine recipients are nursing home and assisted living patients. During the second phase, vaccines will be given to homeless people living in shelters, adult group home residents, workers such as ski industry and agricultural employees who share living spaces, students living in dormitories, essential workers such as grocery store workers, teachers and child care workers and employees of businesses such as the meat-packing sector where workers are in close proximity to each other. In the second part of this phase, people who are over age 65 or have certain health risks will get vaccines. When all of those people have been given an opportunity to get the vaccine, the final phase starts with vaccine distribution to adults ages 18-64. Earlier this week, Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly two companies working on separate COVID-19 vaccines reported they were pausing clinical trials of the vaccine because of safety concerns. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said that the companys announcements highlight the uncertainty over the timing for when a vaccine will be ready and which company will have one approved for widespread public use. What we do know is we wont initially get enough doses to cover the entire population and the people of Colorado deserve to know the process of how those initial doses will be prioritized, Polis said. Colorado is experiencing its biggest rise in coronavirus since late May -- with over 1,000 newly confirmed cases in three days and more than 350 hospitalizations over the last week. Polis estimated that about one in every 260 Colorado residents is infected with the coronavirus and urged residents to social distance and wear face coverings. The spike lead Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock to announce stricter city mask mandates and to limit group gatherings from 10 to five. Masks were previously required for people inside public places but must now be worn outdoors, with exceptions for people outside alone or with people from their own households. City officials warned tighter restrictions could be imposed on businesses and indoor and outdoor activities if the upward COVID-19 trends continue. Hancock called the coronavirus trends in Denver concerning and added that the increase in average daily cases is higher than weve ever been over the course of this pandemic. The new measures come the county of Denver recorded over 700 newly confirmed cases this week, according to data from the Denver public health department. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick. Colorado Department of Public Health Executive Director Bob McDonald said that enforcement will include issuing summons to appear in court. Those who dont follow Denvers COVID-19 restrictions may be subject to a maximum penalty of $999 per violation and up to 300 days in jail. Hancock emphasized the importance of personal responsibility to keep others safe and to protect the citys economy. Several holidays including Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner and we must take these additional steps over the next 30 days and do the hard work thats needed now so that we can enjoy the holiday seasons with our families, Hancock said. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some especially older adults and people with existing health problems it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. ___ Nieberg is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.
UK chief medical officer says country has, in a 'very bad sense,' turned a corner on COVID-19 infections - West Plains Daily Quill
LONDON (AP) — UK chief medical officer says country has, in a 'very bad sense,' turned a corner on COVID-19 infections.
LONDON (AP) UK chief medical officer says country has, in a very bad sense, turned a corner on COVID-19 infections.
US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19 - The Decatur Daily
NEW YORK (AP) — Racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday. One of the Centers for Disease Control...
NEW YORK (AP) Racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday. One of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports looked at children with COVID-19 who needed hospitalization. Hispanic children were hospitalized at a rate eight times higher than white kids, and Black children were hospitalized at a rate five times higher, it found. The second report examined cases of a rare virus-associated syndrome in kids. It found that nearly three-quarters of the children with the syndrome were either Hispanic or Black, well above their representation in the general population. The coronavirus has exposed racial fractures in the U.S. health care system, as Black, Hispanic and Native Americans have been hospitalized and killed by COVID-19 at far higher rates than other groups. Meanwhile, the impact of the virus on children has become a political issue. President Donald Trump and some other administration officials have been pushing schools to re-open, a step that would allow more parents to return to work and the economy to pick up. On Wednesday, Facebook deleted a post by Trump for violating its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus. The post featured a link to a Fox News video in which Trump says children are virtually immune to the virus. The vast majority of coronavirus cases and deaths have been in adults, and kids are considered less likely to have serious symptoms when theyre infected. Of the nearly 5 million cases reported in the U.S. as of Wednesday, about 265,000 were in children 17 and under about 5%. Of the more than 156,000 deaths reported at that time, 77 were children about 0.05%. But Fridays CDC reports are a gut punch reminder that some children are getting seriously ill and dying, said Carrie Henning-Smith, a University of Minnesota researcher who focuses on health disparities. Its clear from these studies, and from other emerging research, that kids are not immune, she said. Kids can pass along COVID, and they can also suffer the effects of it. She said studies should give community leaders pause about opening schools. We need to be really, really careful. We are potentially talking about putting children in unsafe situations, Henning-Smith said. Chantel Salas, a Hispanic girl from the farmworking town of Immokalee, Florida, spent more than 50 days hospitalized with COVID-19. The 17-year-old had fallen ill only days after taking a picture with her diploma for her high-school graduation. At one point, her 41-year-old mother, Erika Juarez, was told to say goodbye to her only daughter. It was the scariest thing I have ever had to go through, said Juarez, who works at a shipping warehouse. She had no oxygen in her body. This thing affected all the organs in her body. Juarez said Salas had no underlying health conditions and she still is not sure how she got infected because no one in her household got ill. The teen eventually was put on a machine that adds oxygen to blood before pumping it back into the body, a last resort effort to save her life. She was discharged about three weeks ago and is now recovering at home. They keep saying she is a miracle, she said. She recovered fast because she was very motivated. The first CDC report released Friday was based on cases from 14 states. The researchers counted 576 hospitalizations of kids from March 1 through July 25. At least 12 were sick enough to need a machine to help them breathe. One died. The hospitalization rate for Hispanic children was about 16.4 per 100,000. The rate for Black children was 10.5 per 100,000, and for white kids it was 2.1 per 100,000. As with adults, many of the hospitalized children had existing health problems, including obesity, chronic lung conditions and in the case of infants preterm birth. A number of possible factors could explain the disparities, said Dr. Cyrus Shahpar, who oversees epidemic prevention efforts for a not-for-profit data and advocacy organization called Vital Strategies. Larger percentages of Hispanic and Black kids may go to hospital emergency rooms when theyre sick, which could be driven by difficulty getting into or paying for doctors office visits. That lack of access to regular health-care could lead to more severe illness, he suggested. The second CDC report focused on 570 kids diagnosed with a rare condition, which CDC calls multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C. Ten of them died. Some children with the syndrome have symptoms resembling Kawasaki disease, another rare childhood condition that can cause swelling and heart problems. Other symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes or feeling extra tired. The underlying problem that results in MIS-C seems to be a dysfunction of the immune system, said Dr. Ermias Belay, who is leading the CDC team looking into MIS-C cases. The immune system kicks into overdrive when it sees the virus, releasing chemicals that can damage different organs, he added. In the study, many of the patients with the condition had severe complications, including inflammation of the heart, shock, and kidney damage. Nearly two-thirds of the cases overall were admitted to intensive care units, and the average ICU stay was five days. The CDC report covered illnesses that began from mid-February to mid-July. Forty states reported cases. The report found that 13% of kids with the condition were white, while more than 40% were Hispanic and 33% were Black. Overall, about half of U.S. children are white, around 25% Hispanic and about 14% are Black, according to population estimates. Scientists are still learning about the condition. Experts say genetics has nothing to do with why some racial and ethnic groups are more likely to be infected by the virus, get seriously sick from it or die from it. But its not yet clear if genetics play a role in the childhood inflammation condition, Shahpar and Belay said. ___ Associated Press writer Adriana Gomez Licon in Miami contributed. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. ___ This story has been corrected to show that Shahpar is affiliated with Vital Strategies, not Resolve to Save Lives, and that CDC report said 10 children, not eight, died with an inflammatory condition.