politics and a summer time surge of COVID-19

ARKANSAS (KNWA / KFTA) – The White House government said, “The summer surge is attracting the attention of vaccine-reluctant Americans as hospitals in the south become overcrowded with patients.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there had been encouraging data in the past few weeks. “The five states with the highest number of cases – Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, and Nevada – had higher rates of new vaccinations than the national average.”

“In the past 10 days, more than 5.2 million Americans have been given a chance,” said Psaki.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Delta variant accounted for 83% of all new cases on Tuesday and 30% of new cases last month.

ALABAMA: “It’s time to blame the unvaccinated,” said Governor Kay Ivey on Friday of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state. “It’s the unvaccinated who are failing us.” According to the CDC, 39 are % of Alabams fully vaccinated – the second lowest in the country. The state has 4.9 million residents at the 2019 census and 3,376,543 doses of vaccine have been administered (1,575,798 have completed the series of vaccinations).

ARKANSAS: Several Democratic lawmakers and parents urged the governor and Republicans (who control the legislature) to lift the state’s ban on schools and local governments that require the wearing of masks. Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) said his focus is on getting more people vaccinated rather than lifting the state ban on the mask mandate. “The best way to combat Delta Variation and have a safe school year is to increase the vaccination rate in the state,” he said in a statement from his communications director, Shealyn Sowers. “I have not contacted any local school principals about a change to the Mask Prohibition Act.” On Friday, July 23, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) reported that 40.72% of people 12 and older were fully vaccinated, which corresponds to just over 1 million Arcansan.

LOUISIANA: Louisiana reported 3,127 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths on Friday. There are 1,008 hospital admissions, up from about 250 as of June. The state health department shows 36% of the Louisiana population are fully vaccinated. Governor John Bel Edwards (D) and the Louisiana Department of Health recommended all residents wear masks indoors due to the fourth surge in COVID. The state issued the edict on Friday. “We are on a very dangerous climb right now,” said state health officer Dr. Joseph Kanter. “To ensure their own safety, the people of Louisiana should take precautions immediately. Masking and testing will limit death and suffering until we get through it. “

“Nationally, 56.3% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine,” according to the CDC.

MISSOURI: Missouri officials have created a vaccine incentive program – $ 10,000 prizes for 900 lottery winners In the past seven days, the state has issued 77,843 vaccines, there have been nearly 11,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 32 deaths. On Tuesday there were 1,632 people in hospital, 492 in intensive care and 218 on ventilators. In a tweet, Erik Frederick, Chief Administrative Officer of Mercy Hospital Springfield said, “Younger, relatively healthy, and unvaccinated. If that applies to you, please consider vaccinating. ”Frederick said that 50% of COVID-19 patients are between the ages of 21 and 59 and 2% of this group are vaccinated.

155 COVID + @MercySGF. 5% vaccinated. I think the message is obvious at this point. Get vaccinated, stay healthy. Protect the people around you. Protect our community. Get back to normal. Our hospitals cannot return to normal until the community does. https://t.co/eu5DSyomX0

– Erik Frederick (@CAOMercySGF) July 23, 2021

FLORIDA: The positivity rate in Florida is 15% and more than 73,000 new cases – about 10,000 new cases per day, according to the Department of Health’s weekly COVID report.

There were 78 deaths on Thursday, July 22nd. This week, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said he has been urging people to get vaccinated for what he called the “summer season” for months and he is not advocating introducing a mask mandate, it is sending a bad one News about the vaccines.


As of May 21, 2020, there were 28 cumulative deaths of COVID-19 children, with 38 states reported. By May 2021, 316 children had died of COVID-19 with 43 states reported, and by July 15, 2021 there were at least 346 cumulative child deaths with 49 state (AAP) child mortality data, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics shows 337 deaths among children aged 0-17 years.

As of July 15, nearly 4 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. After a decrease in weekly reported cases in recent months, we saw an increase in cumulative cases in July – adding over 23,500 child cases this week.

The age distribution of reported COVID-19 cases was given on the websites of health authorities for 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Since the pandemic began, children accounted for 14.2% of the total accumulated cases. In the week ending July 15, 15.9% of the weekly reported COVID-19 cases were children.

A smaller subset of states reported hospital admissions and mortality by age; The available data suggest that hospitalization and deaths related to COVID-19 in children are rare.

At present, it still appears that serious illnesses from COVID-19 in children are rare. However, there is an urgent need to collect more data on the longer-term effects of the pandemic on children, including how the virus can harm the long-term physical health of infected children, as well as its effects on emotional and mental health.

American Academy of Pediatrics

There are vaccine studies for children under the age of 12, but there is no set schedule for when the vaccines will be available for the age group, according to the AAP.

Arkansas had 700,155 children (ages 0-17) as of July 15, 2021. According to the AAP, there were 52,793 cumulative child cases. The cumulative COVID-19 cases of all ages were 360,258, according to the ADH. There have been a total of 6,041 COVID-19-related deaths, and from January 1, 2021 to July 23, 2021 the number was 2,350. A year ago, on that day, the ADH reported a total of 386 deaths from COVID-19.

A CLOSER LOOK: The Arkansas COVID-19 Deaths

ARKANSAS: The ADH has confirmed that two children have died of COVID-19. The last death occurred on July 14th and the first death late last year.

GEORGIA: Of the 18,632 reported COVID-19 deaths, 11 were children, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The state’s most recent infant death toll was a five-year-old boy from northwest Georgia. He was rushed to a hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he later died.

KANSAS: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) reported that the deaths of two children were related to COVID-19. The death of a one-year-old who died in November was confirmed on July 1, 2021. In February 2021, the KDHE reported the COVID-19-related death of a six-year-old.

MISSOURI: In November 2020, a 13-year-old boy died from the virus. He was the state’s first child under the age of 14 to die since the pandemic began.

TENNESSEE: The Tennessee Department of Health reports that five children, ages 11 or younger, died of COVID-19 on July 23, 2021.

TEXAS: Thirteen children aged 9 years or younger died of COVID-19 on January 22, 2021, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

As of July 23, there are a total of 36 children in COVID-19 intensive care units in Oklahoma and Mississippi, 29 and 7 respectively.

The Pat Walker Health Center medical director issued a statement about the increase in active COVID-19 cases and urged those on campus this fall to get vaccinated.

Unvaccinated people are disproportionately affected. The ADH reports the following breakdown of the state’s COVID-19 hospital admissions and deaths in 2021:

More than 90% of the currently active cases are not fully immunized.

More than 99% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 are not vaccinated.

More than 99% of those who died of COVID-19 were not vaccinated.

The majority of COVID-19 people hospitalized are unvaccinated people aged 20, 30, and 40. This delta variant affects young people very seriously, is life-threatening and can be prevented by vaccination.

Fortunately, the current vaccines against this variant remain effective, and I urge anyone who has not yet received the COVID vaccine to get vaccinated. While vaccination is not mandatory, it will protect you and those members of our community with weak immune systems, as well as those who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, such as: B. Children aged 11 years or younger. We are incredibly lucky that the solution to this pandemic is readily available, but our window of opportunity to control this pandemic through currently available vaccines is dwindling.

My concern is the general security of our campus and our surroundings. With most of our campus and community members vaccinated, we can create a safe learning and work environment with reduced COVID-19 infections and transmissions this fall semester.

The vaccine is said to help prevent illness, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 infection. The safety and success of our autumn semester largely depend on the vaccination level achieved on our campus.

In the fall, please help keep campus safe by getting vaccinated if you haven’t already been vaccinated.

Medical Director of the University of Arkansas Pat Walker Health Center Dr. Huda Sharaf, FACP

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