CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 06/22/2021

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 06/22/2021

(J. Harris: I trust the above counts and they show NO increase in Area G hospital usage which suggests that the “new active cases” are likely to be a bookkeeping error. HOWEVER, Delta is here and we must remain vigilant because of the massive number of unvaccinated residents that we have in East Texas and Harrison Counties)

FROM THE MNM TODAY:

HARRISON COUNTY ACTIVE CASE COUNTS ARE NOT ACCURATE

(J. Harris: Presumably the high counts in most of the surrounding counties are also in error? The state spreadsheets with the County counts seem to be unchanged for several days. See: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/additionaldata.aspx.... they appear to be unchanged and don’t show an increase in active cases, new or old that I can find, yet)

HERE ARE THE NYT COUNTS FOR TODAY:

(J. Harris: Presumably, the above active case counts/100,000 are just due to adding “old” cases. Data from The TEXAS TRIBUNE is similar to the NYT Data. However, we might just as well keep up with their numbers anyway since they have been very accurate in the past. At any rate, my Norwegian housekeeper says it’s safe to eat out, but not at any “Bubba” joints.)

What is the Delta variant and how is it altering the course of the pandemic?

“…It may be too early to understand what impact the Delta variant will ultimately have on hospitalizations and deaths, but researchers are noting this strain could change the course of the entire pandemic. … the recent rise in UK COVID-19 cases suggests a high proportion of the population needs to be fully vaccinated to overcome the Delta variant….”

(J. Harris: This is a readable and informative summary which is also available on audible.)

FROM HOPKINS CITATIONS:

1. Moderna plans to expand COVID-19 vaccine production: WSJ (Reuters) Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) is adding two new production lines at its COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing plant in Massachusetts, in a bid to prepare for making more booster shots, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

2. CDC Director: Delta Variant to ‘Probably’ Become Dominant Strain in U.S. (Politico) The very contagious and possibly more harmful Delta variant of the coronavirus “probably” will become the dominant strain in the United States in the coming months, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday on “Good Morning America.” “It’s more transmissible than the Alpha variant or U.K. variant that we have here. We saw that quickly become the dominant strain in a period of one or two months,” Walensky said. “I anticipate that is going to be what happens with the Delta strain here.”

3. COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage and Intent Among Adults Aged 18–39 Years — United States, March–May 2021 Overall, 34% of adults aged 18–39 years reported having received a COVID-19 vaccine. Adults aged 18–24 years, as well as non-Hispanic Black adults and those with less education, no insurance, and lower household incomes, had the lowest reported vaccination coverage and intent to get vaccinated. Concerns about vaccine safety and effectiveness were commonly cited barriers to vaccination. (CDC MMWR, 6/21/2021)COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage and Intent Among Adults Aged 18–39 Years — United States, March–May 2021 Overall, 34% of adults aged 18–39 years reported having received a COVID-19 vaccine. Adults aged 18–24 years, as well as non-Hispanic Black adults and those with less education, no insurance, and lower household incomes, had the lowest reported vaccination coverage and intent to get vaccinated. Concerns about vaccine safety and effectiveness were commonly cited barriers to vaccination. (CDC MMWR, 6/21/2021)

4.Maine’s Mobile Vaccination Unit Ends Mission After Delivering More Than 10,000 COVID-19 Vaccinations After administering more than 10,000 vaccinations across 12 communities in Maine since its launch on April 12, the Maine Mobile Vaccination Unit (MVU) ended its mission, Friday, June 18, 2021, in Old Orchard Beach. The MVU, a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Maine, provided free COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment or on a drop-in basis to adults in Maine who wanted one. At the time of the MVU’s launch in April, Maine was the second state in New England to host a mobile vaccination unit. (FEMA, 6/18/2021)

AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED:

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