States that had a grip on Covid now seeing a crush of cases – News Vibe24

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    The outbreak of Covid-19, which sends all-time highs to southern areas, is also sweeping states such as Hawaii and Oregon, once considered pandemic successes.
    After months of keeping cases and hospitalizations at manageable levels, they are watching progress slow as a record number of patients overwhelm bone-chilling health workers.
    Oregon – like Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana in recent days – has more people in the Covid-19 hospital than anywhere else in the pandemic. Hawaii is also going to get to this point.
    This is despite the fact that both countries had vaccination levels higher than the national average from last week. Arkansas and Louisiana were significantly below average, while Florida was almost equivalent.
    “It’s heartbreaking. People are exhausted. You can see it in their eyes,” said Dr. Jason Cool, chief physician at Providence Medford Medical Center in Oregon, where patients remain in corridors in ovens as their monitors knock.
    In other developments, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve Covid-19 booster shots for some people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients and organ transplant recipients, to give them an extra dose of protection.
    The US is seeing the virus return, driven by a combination of the highly contagious delta variant and delayed vaccination rates, especially in the South and other rural and conservative parts of the country.
    New cases nationwide are averaging about 123,000 a day, a level most recently seen in early February, with more than 500 deaths a day, turning the clock back to May.
    For the most part during the pandemic, Hawaii enjoyed one of the lowest rates of infection and death in the country. In recent days, however, he has reported a record high of more than 600 new cases of the virus daily.
    On the worst day of 2020, Hawaii had 291 patients being treated for coronavirus. Officials expect to reach 300 by the end of this week.
    Despite the promising demand for Covid shots -19 early, it took three weeks – much longer than expected – for the 50% to 60% of the eligible population to be fully vaccinated. Vaccinations have since begun. Nationwide, the rate is around 59%.
    The largest hospital on the big island of Hawaii is feeling the pressure. Of the 128 acute beds, 116 were transported to Hilo Medical Center on Wednesday and the 11 beds in the hospital’s intensive care unit are almost always full these days, said Elena Kampatou’s spokeswoman.
    “If someone out there has a heart attack or sepsis or falls into a bad accident that requires intensive care, we should keep it in the emergency department,” Kampatou said.
    “I’m surprised we landed here,” he mourns. “The hope during the clinical mass vaccinations was so great.”
    Hilton Raethel, president and CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, challenged any notion that the recovery in tourism in Hawaii is largely due.
    “Tourists have been a source of infection, but it has never been the predominant source of infection,” Raethel said. “There is a lot more concern about people from Hawaii, people who go south, go to Vegas, to other places and come back and spread it.”
    In Oregon, the Kate Brown government announced this week that almost everyone will have to wear masks again indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.
    For the second day in a row on Wednesday, the state reported a record number of hospitalized patients with Covid -19-665. The previous peak of 622 came during November, before the vaccine became available. ICU beds across the state are about 90% full.
    Throughout the pandemic, health officials described Oregon as a success story, largely because of its severe restrictions, which were lifted in late June.
    Meanwhile, White House coroner coordinator Jeff Zients said more people are being vaccinated in states with the highest rates of infection, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
    “We get more shots in the hands where they need them most. This is what it takes to end this pandemic,” he said.
    In Florida, where Republican Ron DeSantis government has consistently ruled out compulsory mask use, some emergency rooms are so overcrowded that doctors send patients to their homes with oxygen and small portable oxygen monitors to make beds for patients.

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