US coronavirus caution revives amid standoffs over mandates
Breakouts from COVID-19 affect the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. “In particular, people with diabetes, chronic lung disease, kidney disease, and compromised immune systems were at risk of serious outcomes from advanced cases,” the Wall Street Journal says.
NEW YORK, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) As COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide in the United States, debates over the Joe Biden administration’s mandate for vaccination continue, painting a bleak picture as Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week.
The seven-day average for confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States was 9,580 nationwide on Saturday, up 29 percent from the rate 14 days earlier. As of Sunday, the country has reported a total of 4,701,533 cases of COVID-19, while the national death toll has passed 770,800, figures from Johns Hopkins University show.
That puts the total deaths from the pandemic at more than double the 385,343 deaths from COVID-19 last year, according to the latest death certificate data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Small business owners in the United States are facing challenges in preparing for the vaccination mandate, with some saying compliance efforts are exacerbating employment problems and stoking tensions among workers, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
The vaccine mandate sparked mixed reactions from executives, with some saying they welcomed the federal rules because they removed the burden from companies to enforce their own laws. Others said delegating pushes employers into a contentious issue in which any situation could exacerbate recruitment challenges.
Under the new rules, employers with 100 or more workers must ensure employees are fully vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 at least weekly and wear a mask at work.
Implementation of the rules has been temporarily blocked by the Federal Court of Appeals in response to legal challenges.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also agreed not to start enforcement, pending a court decision on the mandate set to go into full effect on January 4, but confirmed it had the authority to authorize vaccination for workers in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.
US President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said Thursday night on MSNBC that everyone 18 or older should get a booster dose for added protection against COVID-19.
Fauci has believed “for some time now” that boosters are effective and should be recommended for all adults in the United States who have received their vaccine at least six months ago.
As of Sunday morning, 2,298,37421 people had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, equal to 69.2% of the total US population; The number of people fully vaccinated reached 19,628,496, representing 59.1 percent of the total.
A total of 3,4503,462 people, or 17.6 percent of the fully vaccinated group, received booster shots, according to CDC data.
On Saturday, the New York Times quoted a company spokesperson as saying that Disney has temporarily halted the vaccination mandate for Florida theme park employees, after the state legislature and the governor made it illegal for employers to require all workers to get the shots.
The report said Walt Disney World could have faced fines under the now-suspended policy, “illustrating how one of the state’s most popular tourism brands has had to deal with headwinds of political debate over responding to the pandemic.”
The Republican-controlled Florida legislature delivered a bill banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates Wednesday and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed it into law Thursday, calling it an effort to protect workers who could lose their jobs due to noncompliance.
In another setback, as many as 10,000 active-duty US Marines will not be fully vaccinated when the deadline comes in the coming days, “a path that is expected to yield the worst vaccination rate for the US military,” the Washington Post reported Sunday.
While 94 percent of Marines have met vaccination requirements or are on track to do so, it’s too late for the rest to start a system and complete it by the November 28 service deadline.
Breakouts from COVID-19 affect the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. “In particular, people with diabetes, chronic lung disease, kidney disease, and compromised immune systems are at risk for serious outcomes from advanced cases,” the magazine said on Sunday.
The report quoted public health officials as saying that tracking breaches is an important part of protecting those at risk as the nation transitions to long-term COVID-19 management.
They added that the effort includes ramping up the boosters and improving overall vaccination uptake.
The magazine wrote that some American doctors “expected vaccines and precautionary measures such as social distancing and reducing public events to reduce the spread of infection and reduce severe cases” this year.
However, the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant and low vaccination rates in some communities have exacerbated the situation, the report said.
The picture is grim “As the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge again in places like New England and the upper Midwest, where the seven-day average of new cases recently approached 90,000 per day after getting close to 70,000 last month,” the report said.