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US coronavirus: States begin scaling back daily Covid-19 data reporting as federal officials try to vaccinate more Americans

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The decline comes as eight states – all in the northeast – have more than half of their residents fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The states that have vaccinated more than half of their population are Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Some health officials are calling the reduction premature, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials urges continued daily tracking of Covid-19 data.

“As far as I know, we are still in a public health emergency as a country,” the association’s chairwoman Lori Tremmel Freeman told CNN on Wednesday. “That hasn’t been downgraded yet.”

Most of these states have scaled back to five updates each week; Alabama and Kansas have dropped to three times a week and Florida to just once a week, according to Johns Hopkins University.

“Real-time public health data is the most powerful weapon against a pandemic,” wrote Beth Blauer, executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact, in a blog post published Monday. “The reporting frequency rollback shows that many countries are not viewing the past year of investing in data infrastructure and public data reporting as an integral part of it.”

Daily tracking of Covid-19 data should continue until either the nation’s declaration of being in a public health emergency ends or the nation achieves herd immunity, Freeman said. The United States is still trying to get people vaccinated, Freeman said, so it’s important to compare vaccination rates with other Covid-19 data like cases, hospital admissions and deaths.

“An ultimate goal is to get to a point where even those who don’t stay vaccinated are at far less risk – and no one I know has really landed on that number,” Freeman said of herd immunity.

As summer approaches, the average daily cases are nearing a 14-month low and just over half of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated. About 50.3% of people aged 12 and over in the United States – the cohort eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine in the country – were fully vaccinated early Wednesday, according to the CDC.

Biden’s government is still trying to incentivize vaccinations across the country. Such efforts include the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing that they are paying a little extra cash to providers to deliver vaccines at home for those struggling to get out of their homes.

“There are approximately 1.6 million adults aged 65 and over who may have difficulty accessing COVID-19 vaccinations because they are having difficulty leaving their homes,” the CMS statement said.

CMS will add an additional $ 150 to two-dose vaccination providers to $ 75 per dose, the CMS statement said.

Experts are pushing for vaccines to combat variants

Experts have warned that a variant of coronavirus that was first identified in India and is now gaining traction in the UK – the Delta variant or B.1.617.2 – could pose a significant threat to those who have not been vaccinated, including those who previously infected were by older tribes.

“We cannot allow (deltas to spread) in the United States,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci in a Covid-19 briefing at the White House on Tuesday, adding it was “such a strong argument” to get vaccinated.

The WHO's new naming system for coronavirus variants uses the Greek alphabetFauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that the Delta variant “compared to Alpha variant B.1.1.7, which was first introduced in the UK and was dominant there before Delta is believed to have recently taken power Has. The Delta variant is susceptible to available two-dose vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca, he said, but protection from these vaccines requires adherence to a two-dose plan.

“The effectiveness of the vaccine is reduced with a single dose,” said Fauci. “Three weeks after a dose, both vaccines, the (AstraZeneca) and Pfizer / BioNTech, were only 33% effective against Delta symptomatic diseases.”

Laboratory experiments described in a recent preprint study also suggest that the Moderna vaccine, as well as the Pfizer product, offer protection against the Delta variant, although more studies are needed.

Johnson & Johnson researchers announced Wednesday that the vaccine creates an immune response against some of the more common and worrying variants of the virus.

Its effects appear to be somewhat reduced compared to the beta variant, which was first seen in South Africa, and the gamma variant, which quickly spread in Brazil, but the immune response appeared to be against the alpha variant, which was first discovered in the UK , and a variant identified in California to be fully effective.

Fauci added that variant-specific boosters might be on the horizon.

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Even those who have already had coronavirus should get vaccinated, as research shows that immunity achieved from vaccination is better than immunity from a previous infection, Fauci said.

Meanwhile, the United States has reported an average of nearly 14,380 new Covid-19 cases per day for the past week – the second lowest average since March 28, 2020, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Only the Friday average – 14,328 per day – was lower.

And the average number of new Covid-19 hospital admissions per day over a week – just more than 2,200 – is well below the country’s peak average of 16,500 per day on Jan. 9, said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Tuesday.

However, health experts warn that a recent delay in vaccination rates leaves millions unprotected against variants of Covid-19 that have entered the US from other parts of the world.

In the past week, the US received an average of more than 1.07 million vaccinations for Covid-19 per day – well below the seven-day peak of 3.38 million vaccinations per day that was reached on April 13, according to CDC data.

Vaccine maker says they are working to extend shelf life

Johnson & Johnson – maker of the only US-approved Covid-19 single-dose vaccine – says it is working to extend the shelf life of its product as there are reports that doses in the country may expire before they are used.

Of the 21.4 million Johnson & Johnson doses shipped in the United States, about 11 million were administered, according to CDC data. This vaccine can be stored at refrigerator temperatures for up to three months.

Coronavirus vaccines that are potentially being phased out account for 1-2% of vaccines distributed to states, a source familiar with federal vaccination efforts told CNN on Wednesday.

As states report hundreds of thousands of Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses will leak, they are looking for ways to use them.

“It’s a problem that cans leak – I could imagine in any state. However, it’s a very small percentage of the total doses sent to providers – probably 1-2%, ”the source said.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into whether the expiration date of Johnson & Johnson vaccines can be extended and, if so, how the doses can be used, Fauci said on Wednesday.

Johnson & Johnson is conducting stability tests “with the aim of extending the shelf life of our COVID-19 vaccine before it expires,” CNN told CNN this week.

In Ohio, 200,000 doses of the state’s Johnson & Johnson vaccine will expire before the end of the month, and the state cannot share the doses with any other state or country, Governor Mike DeWine said this week.

In Arkansas, the retired National Guard Colonel overseeing state vaccine distribution stopped ordering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because the state has so many unused doses, he told KATV last week. The 11 million people who were vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine represent a small fraction of the 171.7 million people in the United States who received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Correction: A previous headline and version of this story incorrectly labeled the most recent seven-day average of new daily US coronavirus cases as the lowest since March 2020; it is the second lowest since March 28, 2020. An earlier version also incorrectly reported the latest seven-day average of vaccinations given per day.

CNN’s Hollie Silverman, Holly Yan, Amir Vera, Deidre McPhillips, Lauren Mascarenhas, Ryan Prior and Carma Hassan contributed to this report.

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Experts fear COVID-19 pandemic could cause human trafficking crisis

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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Human trafficking is the second fastest growing crime in the world after drug trafficking.

The statistics are terrifying. Most women are raped 6,000 times and each woman is worth $ 100,000 a year, making them very valuable and making their chances of escape almost impossible. It doesn’t just happen in big cities or poor neighborhoods, but in almost every community in our country and experts fear that COVID-19 will trigger a human trafficking crisis.

“I had a very difficult divorce from a very wealthy husband. He actually let me be trafficked so I wouldn’t get custody of my five children, ”trafficked survivor Kimberly Lansford told Ivanhoe.

Kimberly Lansford was 27 when traffickers drugged her and took her from Denver to Mexico City.

“You’re being broken into by terror, a lot of physical abuse, a lot of sexual abuse,” said Kimberly Lansford.

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Kimberly’s nightmare lasted 19 years until …

“The Samaritan Village found me,” said Kimberly Lansford.

For more than a decade, Samaritan Village has been helping women rebuild their lives.

“Young women who feel ugly, unwanted and unseen can visit these traffickers and fill that void,” said Dionne Coleman, executive director of Samaritan Village.

Samaritan Village offers hope and provides housing free of charge for 18 months. Survivors receive mental, physical and dental care, access to professional training and, most importantly, support. Money from donors and from their thrift store is helping to cover the costs, but now organizations like these fear the consequences of the pandemic.

“We call it the calm before the storm, so to speak. I know there will be a lot of people who will need help when we all get back to normal, ”said Dionne Coleman.

Some women could not get any help during the lockdown.

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“It doesn’t just happen to the underclass or to drug addicts, it’s not true. It happens to people like me every day, ”announced Kimberly Lansford.

“When you see something, copy someone who feels, or there’s a pairing of people who doesn’t feel right, call this human trafficking hotline,” said Dionne Coleman.

The biggest misconception about human trafficking is that the victims are runaways or addicts. Family Members Selling Family members, as in Kimberly’s case, is common.

Also, traffickers often target high school girls and threaten to ruin their reputations. Samaritan Village works with local colleges for scholarships. To learn more, visit samaritanvillage.net.

Sources: https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=23329, https://www.rainn.org/statistics/scope-problem https://www.samaritanvillage.net/

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Reuters, New York Times win Pulitzers for coverage of racial injustice, COVID-19

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Reuters and the Minneapolis Star Tribune each won a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism on Racial Inequality in U.S. Police Work on Friday, while the New York Times and the Atlantic were honored for Chronicle of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the two topics that the Last year’s headlines dominated.

The Star Tribune won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage for its “urgent, authoritative and nuanced” coverage of the police murder of George Floyd last May, while Reuters and Atlantic shared the award in explanatory coverage.

The Pulitzer Prizes are the most prestigious awards in American journalism and have been presented since 1917, when newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer bequeathed them to Columbia University in New York.

In 2020, “the country’s news organizations are faced with the complexities of covering a global pandemic, a racial reckoning, and a bitterly competitive presidential election, one at a time,” said Mindy Marques, co-chair of the Pulitzer Board of Directors, at the announcement ceremony, which broadcast online has been .

The board cited Reuters reporters Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jaimi Dowdell and Jackie Botts for the “groundbreaking data analysis” of their “Shielded” series, which showed how an obscure legal doctrine of “qualified immunity” shielded police officers make excessive use of the force of law enforcement.

Reuters editor-in-chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement that the series shaped the debate over American police reform.

“In a year of stormy protests against the police killings of black Americans, ‘Shielded’ was a work of tremendous moral force on the persistent problem facing the world’s most powerful democracy, the legacy of racial injustice,” the statement said.

The Pulitzer Prize for Reuters, an entity of Thomson Reuters (TRI.TO), was the ninth since 2008 and the sixth in the past four years.

The Reuters team shared the explanatory coverage award with Ed Yong of The Atlantic, who was recognized by the board for “a series of clear, definitive contributions to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Reuters’ series of police stories were triggered by a single case – and required lengthy, complex data analysis.

In April 2017, the US Supreme Court declined to reopen an unarmed suspect alleging unconstitutional excessive violence against a Houston police officer for shooting him in the back. Reuters Supreme Court reporters Chung and Hurley have teamed up with data reporters Januta, Dowdell and Botts. They analyzed hundreds of cases and found that since 2005 the courts have shown an increasing tendency to grant immunity in cases of excessive violence. They then detailed the cases of a number of victims of police violence who were denied justice, even after courts found the officers were too violent.

The first Reuters story came out just weeks before the murder of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in handcuffs when a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck. The coverage had a broad influence on the national discussion of US police problems.

“The data we produced was quoted in almost every major news organization immediately after the George Floyd murder,” Hurley said, adding that it was also quoted in court records and informally by judges.

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Many of the 2021 Pulitzer Awards went to coverage of policing and the global protest movement that broke out after Floyd’s assassination: the Associated Press won the Breaking News Photography Award for pictures of the protests, while Robert Greene of the Los Angeles Times for editorial contributions won for his work on bail reform and prisons.

The board also said it gave Darnella Frazier, the teenage viewer who recorded a video of Floyd’s murder on her cell phone, a “special quote” highlighting “the vital role of citizens in helping journalists find truth and justice” .

The New York Times won the Public Service Journalism Award, often considered the most coveted of the 22 awards, for its “predictive and comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.” The Boston Globe won for investigative coverage for exposing a systematic failure by state governments to share information about dangerous truck drivers that could have kept them off the road.

The announcement of the prices on Friday, each worth $ 15,000, had been postponed to April amid the pandemic. The awards dinner, which usually takes place shortly after at Columbia University, has been postponed until the fall.

The Pulitzer Board of Directors also recognizes achievements in seven categories in the arts and awarded Louise Erdrich its Fiction Prize for her novel “The Night Watchman” about attempting to evict Indian tribes in the 1950s.

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Oregon reports no new COVID-19 related deaths, 308 new cases; transmission rate falling

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PORTLAND, Oregon (KTVZ) – Oregon has no new deaths related to COVID-19 and the state’s death toll remains at 2,726, the Oregon Health Department reported Friday.

OHA also reported 308 new confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 at 12:01 a.m. Friday, bringing the state’s total to 204,587.

Information from today’s media briefing

On Friday morning, Governor Kate Brown and Dr. Dean Sidelinger, State Health Commissioner and State Epidemiologist at OHA, provided an update on Oregon’s ongoing COVID-19 response. Governor Brown highlighted Oregon’s continued progress in meeting its goal of vaccinating at least 70% of all eligible Oregonians and filling the equity gap in vaccinating Oregon’s colored communities.

Dr. Sidelinger discussed the high protective effects of COVID-19 vaccines, noting that virtually every patient who now requires hospital treatment for COVID-19 is unvaccinated.

See more about it here and read the topics of the press conference here.

Update on CDC data tracker problems

OHA has relied on a daily data update from the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) to report the number of people who will need COVID-19 vaccination to reach the Oregon goal, 70% of the time Vaccinate people over the age of 18.

Unfortunately, CDC has an issue with the data feed contributing to its COVID data tracker dashboard, which Oregon is using to track the state’s progress toward 70%.

CDC anticipates that approximately two days of data will not appear on the CDC COVID data tracker dashboard. CDC is working to resolve the issue and expects to have it resolved by June 15th. The COVID data tracker is the only place that reports doses from all sources that have been given to Oregonians, including doses given by federal agencies as well as doses given to living people in Oregon by vendors in other states.

The latest COVID-19 modeling report shows a decline in transmission

On Friday, OHA released its latest COVID-19 forecast, which showed lower transmission of the virus through the end of May and forecast fewer hospitalizations and daily cases through June 29.

According to the model, the effective reproduction rate – the expected number of secondary cases a single case will generate – was estimated to be 0.66 by May 26.

At the same transmission rate, daily cases would drop to 100 daily cases and new hospital admissions to five per day over the next three weeks.

If transmission increased by 20%, the number of new cases would gradually decrease to 135 new daily cases with seven new hospital admissions daily.

The modeling shows that estimated immunity from vaccination is present in four times more people than naturally acquired immunity. Natural immunity is immunity that stems from a previous infection.

A person who has had COVID-19 and has recovered may not have the same level of immunity as a person who has not been infected and has been fully vaccinated, and it is not known how long natural immunity will last.

People who have recovered from the disease will respond strongly to the vaccine. OHA recommends people get the vaccine to increase their protection against COVID-19.

More than 2.3 million Oregonians have received at least one dose of the safe and highly effective vaccine, and 2 million have completed a vaccine series, OHA said.

Vaccinations in Oregon

OHA reported Friday that 24,213 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations have been added to the state vaccination registry. Of these, 15,926 doses were administered on Thursday and 8,987 on the previous days, but entered in the vaccine register on Thursday.

The running average over seven days is now 17,697 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 2,352,742 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,662,657 first and second doses of Moderna, and 154,388 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of Friday, 2,007,367 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 2,310,053 people who received at least one dose. The number of adult Oregonians who need vaccinations to reach the 70% threshold is 87,702.

It can take several days to complete the daily cumulative totals as providers have 72 hours to report the doses administered, and technical challenges have left many providers delayed in their reporting. OHA provides technical support to vaccination centers to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Vaccination Information System (IIS).

To date, 2,862,225 doses of Pfizer, 2,176,380 doses of Moderna and 299,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been shipped to locations across Oregon.

These dates are preliminary and are subject to change.

The OHA dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and the Oregon dashboard was updated on Friday.

COVID-19 hospital stays

The number of hospital patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 169, down four from Thursday. There are 40 COVID-19 patients on the beds of the intensive care unit (ICU), one less than on Thursday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed days in the last seven days is 1,278, a decrease of 23.4% compared to the previous seven days. The peak daily number of beds occupied by COVID-19 positive patients in the past seven days is 206.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may vary between reporting times. The numbers do not reflect the number of admissions per day or the length of hospital stay. Personnel restrictions are not recorded in this data and can further limit the bed capacity.

More information on hospital capacity can be found here.

St. Charles Bend reported 25 COVID-19 patients, five of them in intensive care, all on ventilators at 4 a.m. on Friday.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases reported on Friday are in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (34), Clatsop (4), Columbia (6), Coos (1), Crook (8), Curry (2), Deschutes (14), Douglas (15), Grant (2), Hood River (2), Jackson (21), Jefferson (3), Josephine (3), Klamath (2), Lake (1) , Lane (12), Lincoln (1), Linn (12), Malheur (2), Marion (31), Multnomah (67), Polk (5), Umatilla (11), Union (1), Wasco (1) , Washington (37) and Yamhill (7).

Note: From April 30 through June 10, based on routine data quality reviews, the OHA identified 19,992 duplicate negative electronic laboratory reports (ELRs) relating to a single laboratory in Yamhill County. These double negative ELRs were removed from the system Thursday night. As a result, ELR numbers across the state and Yamhill County have declined, and percent positivity has increased for that period.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit the OHA website (English or Spanish) for a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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