The United States reached another grim milestone in the pandemic on Tuesday: One in 500 Americans died from COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
With the 662,899th death, America reported a toll equal to 0.2% of the population, based on the number of people who responded to the 2020 census that was taken near the start of the pandemic.
Half of those deaths occurred just before Christmas 2020.
The country has reached this point as hospitalizations have increased due to the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. The outbreak has caused shortages at healthcare facilities unprecedented since the winter peak of COVID, before vaccines were widely available in the United States
The delta variant added what could potentially be months of increased cases, hospitalizations and deaths to what appeared to be a declining pandemic in early summer, especially as children – not eligible for vaccines under 12 – return to in-person learning.
Since last week, the United States has also recorded more cases of COVID in 2021 than the previous year. In the past 28 days, the country has recorded 4.3 million new cases and more than 39,000 deaths.
-Mike Stucka and Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY
Also in the news:
►A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily barred New York from forcing medical workers to be vaccinated after a group of healthcare workers sued, arguing that the state’s mandate banned religious exemptions.
►More than 4,000 students at California State University, Sacramento, failed to provide proof that they had been vaccinated by the September 13 deadline and are now denied access to campus.
►Buffalo Bills became the second NFL team to require all eligible members of the public to show proof of vaccination. The Las Vegas Raiders previously required fans 12 and older.
►The UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization has recommended that anyone over 50 be given an additional booster.
►Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolating after members of his entourage test positive for COVID. The Kremlin said on Tuesday he had tested negative. Putin is fully vaccinated with the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.
??The numbers of the day: The United States has recorded more than 41 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 663,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 225 million cases and 4.6 million deaths. Nearly 179 million Americans – 54% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
??What we read: France reopened to all Americans in June. Despite the EU’s recent recommendation that member countries ban Americans, it’s still open, at least to vaccinated U.S. residents. Read what it’s like to visit Paris as an American vaccinated during COVID.
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COVID kills 6 Florida family members in 3 weeks
For months, Lisa Wilson has been going door-to-door in Belle Glade, Florida, trying to convince people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Despite Wilson’s insistence that the shots would save lives, some of her own family ignored her.
In the past three weeks, six of them have died from complications from COVID-19.
The nightmare began in late August when her 48-year-old uncle passed away. A day after his funeral, his 89-year-old grandmother was hospitalized and died 24 hours later.
In quick succession, three more cousins followed and on Sunday a 44-year-old assistant football coach from his family died.
“I was in their ears almost every day. “You just have to do it,” Wilson said Tuesday. “I fight myself. Should I have pushed harder?
– Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Post
Tennessee pastor banned from Twitter over COVID misinformation
Controversial Tennessee pastor Greg Locke, who has been repeatedly accused of spreading false information about COVID-19, was banned from Twitter on Tuesday.
After the permanent suspension, Locke, who heads Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, posted a video on Facebook saying he was being censored for “dropping evangelical bombs.”
Locke’s Church has been running in-person services, including in a tent, since 2020 amid the pandemic. He has expressed his opposition to COVID-19 protocols, even declaring his church a mask-free zone.
– Natalie Neysa Alund, Tennessee
Arizona sues federal worker vaccine rules
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed a court challenge to federal requirements for companies to require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing at companies with 100 or more employees, calling it an overrun.
“This is an attack on individual freedoms,” Brnovich said Tuesday during a call with reporters, adding that the law left such health decisions to states.
Brnovich’s office filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona for a ruling declaring the new federal policies unconstitutional. The attorney general’s office said the lawsuit was the first of its kind filed in the United States, although further action is expected nationwide.
As part of President Joe Biden’s plan, the requirement for employees to be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 weekly applies to employers with 100 or more workers. Employers who do not comply could face fines of $ 14,000 per violation.
– Ryan Randazzo, Republic of Arizona
Contribution: The Associated Press