Americans locked up for a year or more are finally getting out, and many of them are heading to national parks. So many parks are crowded and some are setting up reservation systems such as those controlling the flow at Yosemite National Park in California and Acadia National Park in Maine.
In 2020, the National Park Service received 237 million recreational visits, down over 90 million visits (27.6%) from 2019. This decrease is largely due to temporary park closures in response to the pandemic. The number of visits was the lowest since 1980.
Now the parks are booming again. The Yellowstone National Park website points out that “if you don’t have a reservation, the nearest campsite or hotel room may be a few hours away.”
Great Falls National Park outside of Washington, DC, warns that “on weekends, if the park fills up and parking is not available, the entrance will close.… You may not enter before our reopening “.
Also in the news:
►The New York Yankees will resume 100% of their capacity at Yankee Stadium starting in Friday night’s series opener against the Oakland Athletics.
► The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Dr Anthony G. Farina Jr. of Rhode Island for failing to protect workers in his medical offices in North Providence and West Greenwich from exposure to the coronavirus – and for failing to implement safety measures after six employees tested positive for the virus in fall 2020.
►Royal Caribbean International is postponing the inaugural departures of its new cruise ship after eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19 during routine testing.
►Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order on Tuesday banning all public universities and community colleges from requiring COVID-19 vaccination.
►The Kaiser Family Foundation’s continuous vaccine monitoring shows that 20% of adults do not intend to be vaccinated unless required, and 12% are in standby mode. This is almost a third of adults in the country expressing reluctance.
The numbers of the day: The United States has more than 33.4 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 600,200 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 176.57 million cases and over 3.81 million deaths. More than 145.76 million Americans have been fully immunized, or 43.9% of the population, according to the CDC.
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US buys 200 million more vaccine doses from Moderna
Moderna announced that the federal government has purchased an additional 200 million doses of the vaccine, primarily to immunize children or to use as a booster for people already vaccinated. The government has purchased 500 million doses of which 110 million doses are expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 90 million are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2022, the Massachusetts-based company said in a statement.
CEO Stéphane Bancel said Moderna remains “focused on being proactive as the virus evolves … to stay ahead of emerging variants”.
The vast majority of hospitalized COVID patients are not vaccinated
The drop in COVID-19 rates across the United States masks a harsh reality – the overwhelming majority of people sick and hospitalized today are not vaccinated. Hospitals in states with the lowest vaccination rates tend to have more COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, according to hospital data collected last week by the Department of Health and Human Services and rates immunizations published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. .
“People who say, ‘This is my body, my choice?’ Well, it’s not just about you, “said Dr. Gerald Maloney, chief medical officer of hospital services for the Geisinger Health Network, which operates nine hospitals in Pennsylvania.” It’s also about the people who surround you. “
– Elizabeth Weise and Aleszu Bajak
The Delta variant is a “concern” as it is spreading rapidly in the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now classified the delta variant of the coronavirus, first discovered in India, as a “variant of” concern “because it now accounts for 10% of cases in the United States. The variant previously did. rabies in India and is currently crossing the UK, delaying reopening.
“This is doubling every two weeks,” former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said on “Face the Nation.” “And I think the risk is really for the fall that it could cause a new epidemic as fall approaches.”
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are both about 88% effective against the delta variant after two injections, research shows. Research indicates that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is less effective, but more information is needed.
“The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, but it does not bring back any of these lives or bring comfort to grieving families,” said Dr. Steven Woolf, director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health in Virginia. Commonwealth University. “My other worry is that, for too many Americans and politicians, the race for life to ‘get back to normal will lead to complacency with the issues that made us vulnerable to COVID in the first place.
Study: Almost 25% of people with COVID develop long-term symptoms
A new report from FAIR Health shows that nearly a quarter of coronavirus patients develop lasting or Long COVID symptoms. The study found that certain symptoms were more common in certain age groups or in certain demographic groups. Older patients were more likely to develop high cholesterol, while younger patients were more likely to develop gastrointestinal problems after diagnosis.
The journal analyzed nearly 2 million private health care claim records from patients with COVID-19, excluding those with chronic conditions such as cancer and HIV.
Maryland’s COVID-19 state of emergency ends July 1
Maryland’s COVID-19 state of emergency will end on July 1, more than 15 months after the deadly virus first appeared in the state in March 2020. All remaining health restrictions will end on that date. Governor Larry Hogan said Tuesday, including hide warrants.
“The battle is not over,” Hogan said. “We are moving from a state of emergency to an ongoing operation.”
This will include continuing to vaccinate thousands of Marylanders who still need vaccines and support the declining number of people sick with the virus. During the pandemic, Maryland has seen more than 460,000 cases of COVID-19. Nearly 9,500 people have died, many of them elderly and vulnerable.
– Madeleine O’Neill, Salisbury Daily Times
New York, California relax restrictions as vaccination thresholds hit
New York State has passed the 70% vaccination threshold for adults for the first shot, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday, a benchmark that will trigger a withdrawal of safety precautions such as those still in place for distancing social in restaurants.
This means that retail stores, restaurants, offices, gyms, entertainment centers, hair salons can make capacity and social distancing restrictions optional, as well as facilitate COVID disinfection protocols. However, large-scale event venues, K-12 schools, public transportation systems, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and nursing homes. health should continue to follow state guidelines until more New Yorkers are vaccinated.
“Kudos to New Yorkers because they are the ones who did it,” Cuomo said during a celebratory event at One World Trade Center in Manhattan.
And on the other side, the country’s largest state reopened on Tuesday, ending a series of 15-month restrictions to stem the COVID-19 pandemic. California is ranked 41st among the states with the fastest spreading coronavirus per person, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. With 11.87% of the country’s population, California recorded 6.19% of the country’s cases last week.
– Joseph Spector
Contribute: The Associated Press.