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Ohio reports fewer than 50 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents



Ohio has had fewer than 50 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past two weeks, state officials said on Saturday.

Governor Mike DeWine had set himself the goal of hitting that 50-case benchmark – a so-called incidence rate – as a condition for the repeal of state coronavirus health ordinances, including the mask mandate. He gave up that goal on May 12 and instead announced that the health orders would be lifted three weeks later on June 2.

At the time, DeWine predicted that the rate – then 123 – would drop to 50 around or shortly after June 2. On Saturday, three days after orders ended, the number hit 49.5, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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“The vaccinations are working,” DeWine said in a statement. “That’s why cases, hospitalizations and deaths have decreased. But that doesn’t mean we can take our foot off the gas. If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19, continue to wear a mask in public and Ohioans who are able to “should be vaccinated.”

The incidence rate is the only metric the DeWine administration used to signal when state health regulations will be lifted during the pandemic, except in January and February when hospital stays were used to end the state’s nightly curfew .

DeWine said he had decided to set a specific date on which to cancel orders because vaccines are readily available and Ohioans, including teenagers ages 12-15, have the option to at least partially vaccinate before June 2 to let.

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“We frankly made the decision to give the people of Ohio a specific date because after 14 months it is time to put that responsibility on individuals and let them make their own decisions,” DeWine said on Jan. May.

The decision also meant that orders would be overturned before June 23, the earliest time state lawmakers could vote for them to be overturned under a bill passed in March against the governor’s objections.

The incidence rate used the number of COVID-19 cases at the time they occurred: usually the date someone tested positive for the novel coronavirus or felt sick for the first time. State health authorities then subtracted the number of cases in prisons and prisons. This number was not publicly available, making it impossible to calculate the exact number at any given time.

In March, the DeWine administration announced that it would only release the number on Thursdays to accommodate fluctuations in the data. But in the past few weeks, DeWine has cited the number more frequently as evidence that Ohio could hit the 50 mark around the same time the health orders were placed.

The rate reached a high of 845.5 on December 16, 2020. Since April 14th, the rate has decreased by an average of 21 points per week.

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The number of coronavirus tests performed has also decreased, but not as much as the incidence rate – a function of the fact that fewer tests are positive. Test volume declined about 48% in the past two weeks compared to a two-week period in April, according to an analysis by the USA TODAY Network Ohio. At the same time, however, the incidence rate fell by 70.4% from 185 new cases per 100,000 population to 54.9.

Jackie Borchardt is the Bureau Chief of the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureauserving the Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, Akron Beacon Journal, and 18 other affiliated news organizations across Ohio.


Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Trends solid as hospitalizations, cases fall



3 things you should know

  • Active cases fall below 1,000; Hospital stays abate

  • New cases are trending to lows in April 2020

  • 66.4 percent of residents aged 16 and over with at least one vaccination; 62.5 percent fully vaccinated

Minnesota public health leaders once feared the end of the Minnesota statewide masking order would lead to a surge in COVID-19 cases. However, five weeks later, the pandemic continues to decline rapidly.

New cases, active cases, and hospital admissions are all trending at low levels that have not been seen since the earliest weeks of the pandemic.

Here are Minnesota’s latest COVID-19 statistics:

  • 66.4 percent of Minnesotans 16 and older received at least one vaccine dose; 62.5 percent fully vaccinated

  • 7,549 deaths (4 new)

  • 604,608 positive cases; 99 percent less insulation

COVID-19 monitors are now looking for signs of an upward trend as the state approaches a month after all remaining statewide COVID-19 capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants and other public meeting rooms come to an end. So far, however, the signs are all good.

The slow vaccination rate remains the greatest challenge. As things stand, it will take the beginning of August for the state to achieve its goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the population aged 16 and over.

New, active cases at mid-April 2020 lows

Known, active COVID-19 cases in Minnesota dropped to 982 in Monday’s data, a staggering decrease over the past seven weeks. As of May 1, there were more than 15,000 such cases in Minnesota.

Active, Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Minnesota

The state has had an average of about 115 newly reported cases per day over the past week. Both newly reported and active case numbers are still around lows that go back to mid-April 2020.

Declining case numbers lead to fewer hospital stays. Daily hospital admissions are near their lowest level since data collection began in the weeks following the discovery of the first COVID-19 case in Minnesota last year.

Chart of new COVID-19 hospital admissions in the ICU and outside the ICU

The Department of Health reported 139 people hospitalized in Minnesota with COVID-19 on Friday – half fewer than earlier this month – with 44 in need of intensive care.

Four newly reported deaths on Monday brought the Minnesota pandemic number to 7,549. Of the deceased, around 59 percent lived in long-term care or assisted living facilities; most of them had health problems.

New COVID-19-related deaths are reported in Minnesota every day

The state has so far recorded 604,608 confirmed or probable cases of the pandemic, including the 100 posted on Monday.

New COVID-19 Cases Per Day in Minnesota

About 99 percent of Minnesotans known to be infected with COVID-19 during the pandemic have recovered enough to no longer need to be isolated.

The number of cases had crept across the state in April after a massive spike in late November and early December. But now the numbers are low and declining in every age group and region.

New COVID-19 Cases by Minnesota Area

People in their twenties are still the age group with the highest number of confirmed cases in the state – more than 111,000 since the pandemic began.

Although young people are less likely to experience the worst effects of the disease and be hospitalized, experts fear they can unwittingly pass it on to older relatives and members of other vulnerable populations.

3 million vaccinated, but the pace is slowing

More than 2.9 million people aged 16 and over now have at least one dose of vaccine. More than 2.7 million are fully vaccinated. That is about 62.5 percent fully vaccinated and 66.4 percent with at least one vaccination, including 90 percent of people aged 65 and over.

A line graph.

If you add in the 101,000+ 12-15 year olds with at least one dose, Minnesota has surpassed 3 million residents with one or more syringes.

More than half of the state’s total population is now fully vaccinated.

However, the vaccination rate is currently stumbling. It will be early August before the state hits 70 percent of adults with at least one shot, a target that health officials once hoped could be achieved by the end of June.

Chart showing when Minnesota is vaccinated in 70% of adults

Minnesota also sees large regional gaps in vaccination rates, with most counties outside of the Twin Cities region still below 70 percent.

Minnesota Adult COVID-19 Vaccination Rate Map

COVID-19 in Minnesota

The data in these graphs is based on the Minnesota Department of Health’s cumulative totals, released daily at 11:00 AM. You can find more detailed statistics on COVID-19 on the website of the health department.

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COVID-19 Statistics | June 21, 2021 | Lost Coast Outpost



Thirty-nine new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Humboldt County since it was last reported Thursday. Two previously reported positive results were removed after determining that one case was from a different jurisdiction and another was found to be false positives. The total number of residents of the district who tested positive for the virus is now 4,499.

Six residents of the county have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since Thursday’s report, including two people in their 50s, one in their 60s, two in their 70s, and one over 80.

Since the weekly data was last updated on June 14, Humboldt County has recorded 65 cases of COVID-19. The 30- to 39-year-old age group represented the largest increase, with 19 reported cases the previous week, and five children between the ages of 0 and 9 also tested positive for the virus during that time. Nine residents of the district were hospitalized last week. Their age ranges are as follows:

  • 1 person in their 40s
  • 2 people in their 50s
  • 2 people in their 60s
  • 2 people in their 70s
  • 2 people over 80 years.

Check out the latest data on the Humboldt County Data Dashboard at

Late last week, Cal / OSHA revised its interim COVID-19 emergency standards that govern workplaces across the state. Updated rules now allow workers to refrain from wearing masks in most situations if their employer confirms the worker’s vaccination status, while unvaccinated workers are still required to wear face-covering in the workplace. Workers should consult their employer about workplace-specific guidelines related to COVID-19. Business owners and employers are urged to read the guidance in detail and see additional business resources from Cal / OSHA at

Humboldt County Public Health will offer the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines in clinics scheduled this week in Eureka, Redcrest and Bridgeville. Walk-ins are welcome in all health clinics. Make an appointment in advance or check out other vaccination options at

Check out the public health clinics schedule below and see what vaccines are offered in each clinic.

Eureka – Wednesday, June 23rd – 2pm to 6pm
College of the Redwoods Gym (7351 Tompkins Hill Road)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

Redcrest – Thursday, June 24th – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Redcrest Community Center (115 Sorenson Road)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

Bridgeville – Friday, June 25th – 11am to 2pm
Bridgeville Baptist Church (48215 Alderpoint Road)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

Eureka – Saturday, June 26th – 11am to 3pm
Eureka High School cafeteria (1915 J St.)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people aged 12 years and over, and the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine is approved for people aged 18 years and over. A parent or legal guardian must accompany underage children to the clinic. Minor consent forms are available online in English and Spanish and can be printed out and filled out for each minor child prior to visiting the clinic.


The COVID-19 vaccine is also available at many local pharmacies. Check availability at or send a zip code to 438829 to find a participating pharmacy nearby. Most pharmacies allow walk-ins.

View the Humboldt County Data Dashboard online at or go to to download today’s data.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit or You can get local information at or by contacting or by phone at 707-441-5000.

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Brazil sees thousands of young children dying from COVID-19



BRASÍLIA (CNN) – The COVID-19 crisis in Brazil has created a worrying trend; an alarming number of child and adolescent deaths.

Brazil recently hit half a million COVID-19 deaths, ranking second only to the US

Experts warn the number is rising rapidly, and one research group says nearly 3,000 of those deaths were children under the age of 10.

Little Sarah Gois was born in Brazil this January amid a devastating pandemic.

Her 22 year old mother, of course, in love with her precious princess.

But even an abundance of love wasn’t enough to keep her daughter from contracting COVID-19.

“I thought it was something I did, maybe I passed the virus on,” said Sameque Gois, mother of a child who died of COVID-19. “I knew the only thing I could do was get on my knees and pray.”

Despite all her requests, little Sarah died. She was only 5 months old.

“When she died when they brought us the news, I was able to hold her,” said the mother. “I could feel it one last time.”

A loss that is felt much more often in Brazil than in many other countries.

While the Brazilian Ministry of Health says 1,122 children under the age of 10 have died since the pandemic began, one research group argues that the death toll is actually closer to 3,000.

This year alone, more than 1,000 have lost their lives.

Doctors said the gamma or p.1 variant, first identified in Brazil, may not be to blame.

“The fact is that children in Brazil are dying more since the original variant was here, so it wasn’t the addition of the p1 variant that made children die more here than in other countries,” said Dr. Ana Luiza Bierrenback, epidemiologist at Vital strategies said.

Despite the rising numbers, baby Sarah wasn’t tested for COVID-19 until 12 days after she developed the first symptoms. Her mother said the doctors assumed she had something else.

A common misconception in Brazil, said CNN pediatrician Isa Soares, Dr. Andre Laranjeira.

“Many pediatricians had some resistance when it came to requesting COVID-19 tests for children when they showed these typical symptoms of the respiratory tract, runny nose, cough, fever, practically all children have these symptoms this year,” said Laranjeira .

But dr. Laranjeira says that alone does not explain the higher death rate across Brazil.

In front of the Marcia Braido Hospital on the outskirts of São Paulo, a family counts their blessings.

“I am overwhelmed by emotions,” said Carolina Basto. “I’m so happy.”

Her 9-year-old daughter Manuela is finally out of the intensive care unit after about five days on a ventilator after she became infected with COVID-19.

Back home, her parents reveal their ordeal.

“Your kidney stopped working; your heart was beating irregularly,” said Basto. “For me it was the end of the line.”

“We were desperate,” said Kleber De Oliveira, Manuela’s father. “Our world collapsed.”

They say it took four doctors to diagnose Manuela, but in the end she was taken to an intensive care unit and received the best possible treatment.

But not everyone in Brazil has access to this type of health care.

“When you factor in deaths within the pediatric age group, more than 60% come from vulnerable socio-economic groups,” Laranjeira said. “It is impossible to close your eyes.”

Here this inequality can make the difference between life and death; between a family that is allowed to celebrate and one that has to mourn.

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