CLEVELAND, Ohio – From police suing for vaccinations to mask warrants in court and a dying radio host, here’s our regular roundup of the coronavirus facts, figures and figures regarding Cleveland, Ohio, the USA and the world September 11-17, followed by our quotes of the week:
Ohio reports 8,405 new cases of coronavirus. … Reuters, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the United States has administered 379,472,220 doses of Covid vaccines in the country. … Kansas City Chiefs Safety Tyrann Mathieu (pictured above, top right) is activated on the Reserve / Covid roster but not suitable to play against the Cleveland Browns a day later.
Ohio has 8,405 new cases.
Classrooms open for about one million New York City public school students as part of the nation’s largest in-person learning experience during the pandemic. Almost all of the city’s 300,000 employees will need to return to work in person in their workspaces, and most will need to be vaccinated or undergo weekly Covid tests. … Covid infections have increased dramatically among children in the United States since July, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The organization says 243,373 new cases among children were recorded in the past week – an increase of about 240% since July, when children accounted for 71,726 cases. … Los Angeles Police Department employees sued Covid vaccination requirements, alleging the department has created a “hostile work environment” for the unvaccinated and is a violation of privacy and civil rights . … The New York Times says school districts in Iowa will be able to issue mask warrants – for now – after a federal judge prevents the state from enforcing a ban on such policies. … From the Colorado Springs Gazette: Bob enyart, who proclaimed himself a “right-wing talk show host, religious fanatic, homophobic and anti-choice,” dies of Covid. Denver Bible Church pastor Enyart was a controversial figure known to mock AIDS victims by name on his cable TV show, leading marches past the homes of Planned Parenthood doctors and boycotting the Covid vaccine. He was 62 years old.
Ohio records 7,325 more cases and 111 more deaths. … The Cleveland Clinic will tighten visitation limits at all of its Ohio sites from today due to the increase in Covid cases.
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond budish (photo above, lower right) enacts a mask notice for all county residents, regardless of immunization status. Julie Washington of cleveland.com reports that the advisory strongly urges masking in all interior areas to prevent Covid surges, but no fines, penalties or enforcements are attached to the advisory. … How are the neighboring states of Ohio doing? The WDIV in Detroit reports that Michigan has reported 6,604 new cases and 62 deaths linked to the virus today. This brings the total number of confirmed Covid cases in Michigan to 983,109, including 20,597 deaths. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania has 4,812 new cases, bringing its total to 1,359,263.… CNN, citing statistics from Johns Hopkins University, offers sobering news: The United States has taken another step forward grim: one in 500 Americans – 663,913 people – has died from coronavirus.
Today, Ohio averaged 683.3 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 population, a 17% increase from the previous week. With 430.3 cases per 100,000 population, Cuyahoga County remains among the lowest in incidence of Covid in the state. But the CDC says 100 cases per 100,000 is considered a high incidence, and Cuyahoga County is more than four times that level. … Public schools in Cincinnati, one of the largest school districts in the state, are once again reporting the highest number of new infections. Cleveland Metropolitan School District reports the 23rd highest number of new infections in the state, with 50 student cases and 14 staff cases in the latest weekly update.
A panel of independent expert advisers from the Food and Drug Administration will address the debate on whether Americans should be given a booster dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech Covid vaccine. … Kyodo News reports that Japan could start giving third vaccines to people by the end of this year. Health experts from a government subcommittee approved the ministry’s plan to start vaccinating people at least eight months after their second dose.
Quotes of the week
• “I think this is going to be a game changer because I don’t think people will want to not go to work or go to college… They will. You would like them to do this on a completely voluntary basis, but if that doesn’t work, you have to look to the alternatives. – Dr Anthony Fauci,
director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, with regard to mandates. He was talking to CNN Jen Christensen in an interview with NLGJA, the Association of LGBTQ Journalists, convention.
• “We must overcome the resistance. This is a very serious and deadly virus and we are all together to try to increase the level of vaccination in the population. The problem is, I try to overcome the resistance but the president’s actions in a mandate harden the resistance. – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.
• “The FDA says it will be a matter of weeks, not months, to determine whether it will authorize vaccines for children 5 to 11 years old. I interpret that to be maybe four weeks, maybe six weeks. “- Dr Scott Gottlieb, Pfizer board member and former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, on CBS’s “Face the Nation”. He said Pfizer is expected to have data on childhood vaccinations ready for the FDA this month.
• “I wish the federal government could speak with one voice. – Dr George Rutherford from the University of California-San Francisco, cited on ABC. The Covid recall controversy continues as the White House battles mixed messages with the FDA and the World Health Organization.
We compile our coronavirus timeline from cleveland.com stories and dispatches. Every Saturday morning, we recap news and statistics regarding the virus. Here is the previous recap of the coronavirus 4-10 Sep.
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