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Coronavirus Update: US hospitalizations increase for 4th day in a row

NEW YORK (WABC) – Nationally, hospital admissions are increasing for the fourth day in a row as 47,000 patients are in care.

Health experts say a number of factors may be contributing to the increased number.

Dr Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine said: “The vast majority of hospitalizations are still unvaccinated, but we are seeing a decline in immunity.

So far there is no word on when the FDA and CDC will make a decision to expand the booster to all adults.

Here are today’s COVID-19 headlines:

California, Colorado and NM expand virus-enhanced access
California is one of three US states that currently allow coronavirus shots for all adults, although federal health officials recommend limiting doses for those deemed most at risk. The nation’s most populous state, along with Colorado and New Mexico, have instituted their policies to try to prevent a dreaded spike in year-end holidays when many people are gathering inside. Colorado and New Mexico have the nation’s highest rates of new infections, while California – the lowest in the nation as of early fall – now ranks them as “high” for transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disease Prevention.

Cases increase for the first time in 10 weeks
The contagious delta variant is Increased COVID-19 hospitalizations across US and spurring outbreaks of disruption, a worrying sign of what lies ahead this winter. While trends are improving in Florida, Texas and other Southern states, which endured the worst of the summer surge, it’s clear that the delta isn’t doing for the United States. COVID-19 is moving north and west during winter as people enter homes, close windows and breathe stagnant air. “We’re going to see a lot of outbreaks in unvaccinated people that lead to serious illness, and that’s going to be catastrophic,” said Dr Donald Milton, of the University of Maryland School of Public Health. In recent days, a college in Vermont suspended social gatherings after the number of cases related to Halloween parties spiked. Boston officials closed an elementary school to control the outbreak. Hospitals in New Mexico and Colorado are overwhelmed. In Michigan, the Detroit metro’s three-county area is becoming a transmission hotspot again, with one hospital system reporting nearly 400 COVID-19 patients. Mask-wearing in Michigan has reduced the number of people by about 25%, according to a mix of surveys tracked by an influential modeling group at the University of Washington.

Johnson & Johnson split into two companies
Johnson & Johnson, the company that makes one of three COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use in the United States, is splitting into two companies. The move separates the business that sells Band-Aids and Listerine from the business of medical devices and prescription drugs. The company says the move will help improve individual companies’ focus and speed to address trends in their various industries. The company that sells prescription drugs and medical equipment will keep the Johnson & Johnson name, the company said on Friday. An undisclosed name for the new company.

Morristown High School moves to virtual learning

Morristown High School announced that it has experienced at least 10 positive cases of COVID among students and staff. Therefore, at the direction of the local health department, Morristown High School will be closed for face-to-face learning until Monday, November 22, 2021.

Home test COVID has been withdrawn
The FDA is raising the severity of the recall for some at-home COVID-19 tests. Officials say 2.2 million Ellume tests are currently being recalled because of the risk of false positives. The FDA is placing it on a Class One recall, the most severe category. The agency has received dozens of reports of false positives, which could result in a person receiving the wrong treatment for COVID-19.

2nd Queens School closed for face-to-face education amid outbreak
Other Queens School Temporarily closed due to coronavirus transmission in the building, Monday this week. The Village Academy in Far Rockaway will be closed today through November 20. Students will return to school on November 22. The school has reported 14 student cases in the past week and two out of the multiplier. members, according to state data. Nine classes are partially closed at the middle school, which shares a building with other schools. Earlier this week, PS 166Q, Henry Gradstein School, also in Queens was completely secluded.

Austrian PM threatens to shut down unvaccinated people as COVID cases soar
Prime Minister of Austria intensifying threats of lockdown measures for the unvaccinated, as new coronavirus infections in the Alpine nation are skyrocketing. The country’s worst-affected province said it plans to take that step next week. Austria has implemented a series of measures in recent weeks in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19 and encourage more people to get vaccinated. On Monday, new rules went into effect banning unvaccinated people who have not recovered from the illness from restaurants, hotels, hair salons and large public events.
Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said late last month that unvaccinated people in Austria could face new lockdown restrictions if the number of infections continues to rise – which they have. On Thursday, official figures showed 760.6 new cases reported per 100,000 residents in the previous seven days – a rate three times that of neighboring Germany, where record numbers are also causing alarm.

Suffolk County offers free vaccines to children
The Suffolk County Health Department is providing a free COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11. The vaccines will be given at the H. Lee Dennison Building located at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge on Tuesdays. Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, November 11, the vaccine clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form for the first dose and attest that they are eligible to be vaccinated.

“I am pleased that the CDC has recommended that children ages 5 to 11 be vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive. “As a father, I encourage all parents who may have questions to speak with their pediatrician or a trusted healthcare provider about the importance of Vaccinating their children. This vaccine saves lives and it can save your child’s life.”
While appointments are not required, they are strongly encouraged. Walking programs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the county’s immunization efforts, or to make an appointment, call 311 or visit SuffolkCountyNY.gov/vaccine.

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