Some states are nearing the point of having to ration care in hospitals as COVID hospitalizations rise.
For the first time, Idaho authorized its hospitals to ration care, quietly approving the “crisis standard of care” move on Monday and publicly announcing it in a statement Tuesday, warning residents that they may not receive the care they normally would. they would expect if they hospitalized.
At Kootenai Health Hospital in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a conference center was transformed into a field hospital with ventilator-treated patients in classrooms, the Associated Press reported. In the nearby main hospital, COVID patients in emergency rooms are overflowing into the corridors.
On Tuesday, there were only nine ICU beds available across the state, officials said. The state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with only 40% fully vaccinated.
Kentucky is also fast approaching a crisis standard of care, its governor said Wednesday. More than two-thirds of hospitals are experiencing severe staff shortages, he said.
Governor Andy Beshear told CNN that the state is “right at” or “fast approaching that point” where hospitals will have to start rationing care.
“So we are in a very precarious situation,” he said.
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? Today’s numbers: The United States has recorded over 40.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 652,600 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 222.4 million cases and 4.5 million deaths. According to the CDC, more than 177.1 million Americans, 53.3 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated.
? What we are reading: After hiding for months on the Capitol uprising on January 6, members of the far-right street gang, the Proud Boys, showed up at protests against the mandates for masks and coronavirus vaccine requirements. Like the Proud Boys they offer muscle at anti-mask rallies.
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The White House says the United States can send vaccines globally while giving booster shots at home
The Biden administration on Wednesday assured that the United States has the ability to offer booster shots to its residents and share the vaccine with other nations, after the head of the World Health Organization called for a booster moratorium until the end of the year. ‘year.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said low-income countries cannot be the “second or third priority” for COVID-19 vaccines, stating that their health care workers, the elderly and other at-risk groups have an equal right to be protected by those richer countries.
But on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said this was a “false choice”.
“The president and this administration have a responsibility to do everything possible to protect the people in the United States, in this country. And since our health advisors have recommended additional booster shots, we are working to implement it. Our view is that we can do both, “he said.
Psaki said the United States has shared 140 million doses with over 90 countries to date.
The boosters are expected to be available in the United States starting September 20 for those who received two doses of an mRNA vaccine at least eight months earlier.
-Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY
Federal Judge Blocks Florida Ban on School Mask Mandates
A Florida judge on Wednesday blocked Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on mandatory masks in schools from remaining in effect while appealing to an earlier ruling that overturned his order.
Circuit Judge John Cooper approved a request from attorneys for parents suing DeSantis over the masks, supporting their position that keeping the ban in place would create a potential health risk in schools.
Removing the automatic suspension of his previous order is unusual, Cooper admitted. But he added: “We are not in normal times. We are in a pandemic “.
DeSantis had ordered that the counties allow parents to have their children simply give up the mask requirements. But Cooper has ruled that school boards have the power to require all students to wear face covers, unless they get a medical exception.
-John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY Network-Florida
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