Texas Gov. Greg Abbott orders a ban on all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday to prohibit any entity, including private business, from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers and called on state lawmakers to pass a similar ban into law. The move comes as the Biden administration is set to issue rules requiring employers with more than 100 workers toContinue reading “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott orders a ban on all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state”

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world

Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain. The variant has exposed the wide disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor nations, and the upshot of vaccine hesitancy in some western nations. More than half of allContinue reading “Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world”

New Brunswick: Decision to end all COVID-19 measures was a mistake, says provincial infectious disease doctor

Dr. Gordon Dow says officials underestimated potential spread of delta variant in move to green phase The decision to end all COVID-19 restrictions at the end of July was a mistake, according to one of the province’s top infectious disease specialists.  Dr. Gordon Dow, an infectious disease expert with Horizon Health, acknowledged at a publicContinue reading “New Brunswick: Decision to end all COVID-19 measures was a mistake, says provincial infectious disease doctor”

S.Korea’s daily COVID-19 cases top 3,000 for first time after holiday

South Korea’s daily COVID-19 infections topped 3,000 for the first time as an outbreak fuelled by this week’s three-day holiday spreads, authorities said on Saturday. Friday’s 3,273 coronavirus cases surpassed the previous high a day earlier, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said, taking the nation’s tally to 298,402 infections and 2,441 deaths. Domestically transmittedContinue reading “S.Korea’s daily COVID-19 cases top 3,000 for first time after holiday”

Romanian hospitals fill up with COVID patients amid widespread vaccine refusal

After living through three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic without getting sick, 55-year-old Roxana Pascu thought that she was healthy enough to withstand the virus and decided to turn down the vaccine. Now Pascu, who runs a small business, is one of around 1,040 COVID-19 patients currently in intensive care across Romania where cases haveContinue reading “Romanian hospitals fill up with COVID patients amid widespread vaccine refusal”

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy activates statewide crisis standards of care to help COVID-overwhelmed hospitals

Alaska is activating crisis standards of care for the entire state and bringing in contracted health workers as staff shortages and influx of COVID-19 patients make it difficult for hospitals to operate normally. Gov. Mike Dunleavy and top health officials announced the hospital support on Wednesday, the same day Alaska’s new single-day cases hit another record as the highly infectious deltaContinue reading “Alaska Gov. Dunleavy activates statewide crisis standards of care to help COVID-overwhelmed hospitals”

DeSantis Taps Anti-Mask Vax Skeptic to Be Florida’s Next Surgeon General

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis unveiled his pick for the next surgeon general of the Sunshine State on Tuesday and it’s a doozy. The Miami Herald reports that Dr. Joseph Ladapo, an anti-mask, vaccine-skeptical, Harvard-trained researcher, is set to replace Dr. Scott Rivkees, who inexplicably faded from public view before quitting recently. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Ladapo falsely wroteContinue reading “DeSantis Taps Anti-Mask Vax Skeptic to Be Florida’s Next Surgeon General”

Brazil’s health minister tests positive for COVID-19 in NYC

Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for COVID-19 hours after accompanying President Jair Bolsonaro to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, the government said. Queiroga will remain in New York in quarantine, the government’s communications office said. “The minister is doing well,” the statement said. It added that the restContinue reading “Brazil’s health minister tests positive for COVID-19 in NYC”

There Were More Deaths Than Births In Alabama Last Year, A Grim First For The State

In 2020, for the first time in recorded history, more people died in Alabama than were born in the state. “Our state literally shrunk,” Dr. Scott Harris, the state‘s top health official, said at a press briefing last week. The state saw some 64,714 total deaths last year, Harris said, compared with about 57,641 births. Those numbers are preliminary, andContinue reading “There Were More Deaths Than Births In Alabama Last Year, A Grim First For The State”

Amid COVID surge, states that cut benefits still see no hiring boost

The August slowdown in U.S. job creation hit harder in states that pulled the plug early on enhanced federal unemployment benefits, places where an intense summertime surge of coronavirus cases may have held back the hoped-for job growth. New state-level data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the group of mostly RepublicanContinue reading “Amid COVID surge, states that cut benefits still see no hiring boost”

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