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A recent CDC report found mask papers were associated with a decrease in COVID-19 patients and mortality, while reopening of the diet was associated with an increase.

The report “serves as a warning” about the dangers of premature mask lifting, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday.

The daily COVID-19 infection skyrocketed by about 60,000 to 70,000 per day, which is still “too high” and in the vicinity of where they are in the rising summer, Valensky said in a statement. Make a statement on the White House’s COVID-19

Meanwhile, Senator Ta Mua was in constant debate over President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion stimulus bill on Saturday when lawmakers made a compromise to extend the $ 300 weekly unemployment benefit following hours of talks. Attempts to put another requirement to raise the federal hourly minimum wage to $ 15 failed on Friday.

Also in the news:

► Merck’s drugmaker said Saturday that viral trials being tested showed that the infectious virus declined faster in people infected with COVID-19 early.

► The 85-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama received the first coronavirus vaccine at a hospital in the northern Indian city of Dharamshala.

► The White House announced that a number of new vaccination sites will open soon in Atlanta and Cleveland, each capable of delivering 6,000 coronavirus vaccines per day.

► Albertson will still require Texas shoppers to wear masks in stores after the state lifted facial masking requirements on March 10.

► Febuary Andrew Cuomo’s administration successfully forced New York Department of Health to remove the number of COVID-19 deaths caused by nursing homes, according to a state report published in July last year, The New York Times; and The Wall Street Journal reports.

► The creator of a viral GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $ 100,000 is being sued by a Californian woman who shamed a barista online for asking her to wear a mask in a Starbucks store in San Diego.

► California officials are allowing people to attend Major League Baseball and other sports games to Disneyland and watch a limited number of live events starting April 1.

📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 28.8 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 522,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Global Total: More than 116 million cases and 2.57 million deaths.The CDC states that more than 114.1 million vaccines are distributed in the United States and about 85 million vaccines.

📘 What we are reading: Public health experts highlight states that abandoned the mask mandate this week. But they also warned of another threat at a critical juncture in the nation’s epidemic – the number of Americans being tested for the coronavirus has dropped dramatically.

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Study: Intellectual Disability Second Risk Factor of COVID-19 Mortality

People with intellectual disabilities have “The risk is significantly increased” of death from COVID-19, according to a study published Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers from Jefferson Health in Philadelphia reviewed data on nearly 65 million patients, including nearly 130,000 people with cognitive impairment diagnoses, in 547 healthcare organizations, and found that. Having cognitive impairment was the most important independent risk factor for presenting with COVID-19, the diagnosis and the strongest independent risk factor other than age for COVID-19 mortality.

Researchers say people with cognitive disabilities may be at a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure for a variety of reasons, such as their inability to stay away from society due to regular contact with support staff or neurological problems. A touch that makes it difficult to wear a mask Researchers say the outbreak is making it harder for people with intellectual disabilities to get the healthcare support they need.

“We need to understand more about what is happening to these patients,” lead author Dr. Jonathan Gleeson said in a statement. “I believe that these patients and their caregivers should be prioritized for vaccination and healthcare services, we should ponder why we fail in this vulnerable population and that we are in danger of failure. How to serve them better during this and future health crisis? ”

Tennessee’s board considers vaccinating inmates a ‘PR nightmare’

The Tennessee advisory panel was tasked with deciding which order residents should receive the COVID-19 vaccine, acknowledging that inmates in state prisons were at high risk. But it can be concluded that their priorities for vaccination may be “Public relations nightmare”

Outcome: Prisoners were among the last set to receive vaccines in the state, although the pandemic vaccine planning stakeholder group concluded that they were not vaccinated. “If left untreated, they would be vectors of general population diffusion,” according to the committee’s closed meeting memo obtained from The Associated Press. To date, there is no exact timeline for the vaccine release. In prison

The debate in Tennessee reflects a problem facing states across the country as they launch a life-saving vaccine: whether to prioritize a population that many consider best later, separate from the public, and The worst is not deserved. Resistance arose, though medical experts have argued from the start of the epidemic that prisoners were at a very high risk for infection because they lived very close to each other and had little social distant abilities.

– Associated Press

Oregon orders schools to send children back to classrooms.

Oregon schools will have to reopen for self-study or blended learning by mid-April, according to an executive order from Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday.

The directive will require all districts to provide self-teaching to K-12 students by March 29 and in areas where COVID-19 is measured for grades 6-12 students by the 19th. April

“After the weeks of March 29 and April 19, all public schools in Oregon will operate under an on-site or blended teaching model when the county meets or exceeds the COVID-19 metric. Oregon advisor, “the governor’s office, said in a release news.” Each student or parent who wants comprehensive distance learning or people with health needs may do so. “

– Jordyn Brown and Natalie Pate, Register-Guard

Arizona raises restrictions on staying in business.

Referring to the increased availability of the vaccine and a lower number of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday that he would relax emergency restrictions previously placed on business.

Although the mask requirements and physical distance remain unchanged. But now businesses, including bars, restaurants, gymnasiums, theaters and water parks are operating at full capacity. It is also possible to receive spring training and major league sports after submitting and the safety plan is approved.

“We’ve learned a lot over the past year,” Ducey said in a statement, with a surprise announcement that came two days after he ordered the school to return to self-study by March 15.

– Maria Polletta, Arizona Republic

Americans Are Less Reluctant About COVID Vaccines, Survey Results Show

Just six months ago, nearly half of Americans from a Pew Research Center survey said they were adamant or unlikely to get the vaccine against COVID-19.That figure has dropped to double-digit in recent months. With 30% of Americans saying they don’t plan to get a vaccine at this time, the Pew survey found.

The survey found that approximately 69% of Americans say they have received the vaccine or are planning to get it.

The number of people who are hesitant about the vaccine has been slowly declining in recent months. In September, a Pew poll found that 49% of Americans were reluctant to get fired at the time. In November, that figure dropped to 39%. A recent survey, conducted in February, found it down to 30%.

People who disagree with being vaccinated for reasons ranging from concerns about side effects and rapid development, with first wanting to know how effective they are in fighting disease.

– Christal Hayes

All Supreme Court justices are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Nine judges in the U.S. Supreme Court have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.

The effort took weeks: the court said in January that the judge “In the process” on vaccination and CNN reported in January that Chief Justice John Roberts had twice received Pfizer vaccine.

The news comes nearly a year after the court settled an oral argument in person because of the epidemic. These arguments are now suspended over the phone.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg confirmed on Friday that vaccinations had been completed for the nine justices.

– John Fritz

The Cuomo Administration has produced a medical facility report to cover the number of COVID-19 deaths: report.

The Cuomo administration’s COVID-19 death report sparked another round of criticism late Thursday after it was revealed that the total number of deaths had been cut from state reports in July.

A report released by the Department of Health last summer has long been criticized for excluding the number of nursing home fatalities occurring in hospitals, leading to a sharp decline.

Now, the reason is clearer: The Cuomo administration pressured the health department to exclude the total number of deaths caused by nursing homes in the report, according to The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, but the report said there were residents in housing. More than 6,200 seniors died instead of nearly 10,000 people at the time who were home residents and died there or at the hospital.

This lower number allowed Democratic government Andrew Cuomo to confirm more about the state’s response to the outbreak that killed more than 48,000 New Yorkers. Reducing the number of deaths and state cases through government action.

– Joseph Spector, USA TODAY Network in New York

CDC Study: Mask Mandate Associated with Case Reduction and Mortality The opening of the restaurant again was associated with an increase.

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the new report looked at the link between face masks and COVID-19 patients and mortality. It was “a warning” about the dangers of lifting the mask prematurely, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday.

A recent report found that the mask document was associated with a decrease in COVID-19 patients and mortality, while reopening of the diet was associated with an increase. According to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report:

  • Face masks were associated with daily reductions in COVID-19 patients and mortality within 20 days of the date the order came into effect.
  • Allowing restaurants to reopen for indoor or outdoor dining was associated with an increase in daily growth rates 41 to 100 days after the ban was lifted and an increase in daily death rates. 61-100 days after processing

The study looked at county-level data on mask and restaurant orders and found mask enforcement was applied to 73.6% of the 3,142 U.S. counties from March to December 2020, while 97.9% of U.S. counties allowed it. The restaurant opened again for on-site dining during the same period.

– Ryan W.Miller and Christal Hayes

Contributing: Jordan Culver, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

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