(NEW YORK) – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, more than 5 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 750,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
According to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 68% of Americans aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Here is how the news is evolving. Every hour in the East:
November 04, 8:45 a.m.
Majority of U.S. workers to fall under vaccination warrant on January 4
Nearly 100 million American workers will need to be vaccinated against COVID by January 4, with some workers allowed to perform weekly tests instead, under sweeping federal rules released Thursday by the Biden administration that identify the COVID-19 as an occupational risk.
The regulations are aimed at healthcare workers and companies with 100 or more employees, covering two-thirds of the country’s workforce. Businesses that don’t comply could be fined $ 14,000 per violation, and hospitals could lose access to Medicare and Medicaid dollars.
Biden’s plan also gives federal contractors an extra month to comply, pushing back a previous December 8 deadline set by the administration. Federal workers should always be vaccinated before November 22.
November 03, 3:11 p.m.
White House says central vaccine website will be live for children on Friday
Vaccines.gov is not yet online with appointments for children, but White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said the site will be operational on Friday.
“You have to get the vaccines to these sites,” he said in a White House briefing Wednesday. “In the next 24 hours alone, there will be millions of additional doses in the air and on trucks heading to towns and villages across the country. From Bar Harbor, Maine, to Anchorage, Alaska, to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Packaging and shipping will continue over the weekend and into the next week, with doses arriving at thousands of vaccination sites in every state, tribe and territory. “
CVS said it will offer the pediatric vaccine in “nearly 1,700” pharmacies in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, starting Nov. 7.
Parents can start scheduling CVS appointments online now.
November 03, 2:46 p.m.
Colorado now has highest hospitalization rate since December
Colorado health officials are increasingly concerned as the state’s daily case rate has more than doubled in the past month.
Nearly 200 COVID-19 patients are admitted to hospitals every day – the highest number of people seeking care since December 2020, according to federal data.
There are currently more than 1,300 hospital patients with COVID-19 in Colorado, the majority of which – 80% – are unvaccinated, state data shows.
With the state’s hospital capacity falling to less than 10%, Gov. Jared Polis signed a “particularly urgent” executive order that would allow the state’s health department to order hospitals to transfer or stop patients. admit patients after reaching or nearing capacity.
Federal data shows that only 61.7% of the state’s total population is fully vaccinated.
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