COVID vaccine updates: NY, Connecticut among 22 states with more than 10% increase in new cases

COVID vaccine updates: NY, Connecticut among 22 states with more than 10% increase in new cases

NEW YORK (WABC) – An increase in COVID cases in the United States is causing concern, with New York and Connecticut among 22 states that have seen a more than 10% increase in the number of new cases week after week. As of this time, New York and Connecticut are joined by New Jersey on the list of states with the highest case rates nationally (7-day daily average: 310, 225, and 321 per 100,000 population, respectively).
The Connecticut Department of Public Health is urging residents to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing after the state has seen an increase in cases in the past two weeks.What to know about the coronavirus:

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Here are some other headlines from today:

New York bodega workers can get vaccinated
Starting Sunday, workers at the New York bodega can receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The state reserves 1,000 doses for workers.

A union has already started scheduling meetings. Union leaders say bodega workers risked their own health to serve New Yorkers during the pandemic.

The COVID crisis in Brazil
For the second day in a row, more than 3,000 people have died from COVID in Brazil. This is the third time that the country has crossed the daily milestone.

A video from Brazil shows people ignoring social distancing guidelines as the nation faces the catastrophic health crisis. COVID cases continue to climb as the country’s variant spirals out of control and experts say Brazil’s variant is more contagious than other forms of the virus.

UK variant hunters lead global race to stay ahead of COVID-19
Even when there were only a few dozen confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK, Professor Sharon Peacock acknowledged the country needed to expand its capacity to analyze the genetic makeup of the virus.

The Cambridge University microbiologist has set out to bring scientists together to work on genomic sequencing. This has made Britain a world leader in finding new, more dangerous or more resistant variants of vaccines.

The work is part of a global effort, and scientists around the world are learning from Britain as they scale up work to respond to variants and stay ahead of COVID-19.
Has COVID-19 stopped the anti-smoking push?
A year after COVID-19 transformed lives, there are worrying signs that the pandemic has stalled efforts to get Americans to quit smoking. There were fewer calls to quit smoking helplines in the past year.

Some people reported smoking more. And there has been an unusual increase in cigarette sales. Experts say unemployment, delayed medical care, and fewer anti-smoking ads likely also played a role. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s too early to assess the impact of the pandemic on smoking rates.

No crowds at Holy Week ceremonies amid pandemic
Pope Francis is celebrating the solemn Holy Week ceremonies for a second year in a row without the usual crowds of pilgrims and tourists, kept away from pandemic security concerns and travel restrictions.

François traditionally leads a Palm Sunday procession in St. Peter’s Square, then celebrates an open-air mass for tens of thousands of worshipers.

But Francis led a Palm Sunday service this year inside St. Peter’s Basilica, just as he did last spring. It was just weeks after the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy, which was the first country in the West to be affected by the pandemic.

Staten Island bar, notorious for defying COVID restrictions, is padlocked
The Staten Island bar, known to have defied COVID restrictions, is now padlocked. Sheriff’s deputies blocked the entrance to Mac’s Public House following a judge’s ruling on Thursday after she discovered Mac’s was serving alcohol without a license.

Increased cases in Connecticut
The Connecticut State Department of Public Health is reminding residents to remain vigilant against COVID-19, as case rates have increased in the past two weeks.

DPH has moved several Connecticut cities that had seen rates of COVID-19 cases declining or stable again in red alert status, as the average daily case rate for COVID-19 increased across the country. State at 25 cases / 100,000 inhabitants per day.

Over 90% of Connecticut’s population lives in a city with an average daily case rate of over 15 cases per 100,000 people. It is estimated that 40% of these new cases are variant B.1.1.7.

Fauci presents scenario where experts could loosen face mask recommendations
If a new study shows vaccinations prevent transmission of COVID-19, vaccinated Americans could be “much more liberal” in deciding whether or not to wear a face mask, said Dr.Anthony Fauci, America’s leading disease expert infectious.

But he also said he couldn’t start recommending the removal of face masks until daily COVID infections declined dramatically.

When did you realize the COVID pandemic had changed everything?
Many of us have had a moment, most often in March 2020, when we realized that COVID-19 had completely changed our lives forever. Even though we have managed to move forward and adjust to a new normal, that memory remains with us. Tell us: what was that moment for you?

Answers to the 7 main questions about the COVID vaccine
You had questions about COVID-19 vaccines and 7 On your side is giving you answers from doctors on the front lines of the pandemic.


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