According to data from the Washington Post, daily new cases in the United States increased 14.8% over the past 7 days, with significant increases in Nevada (55%), Wyoming (18%), Missouri (20%) and l ‘Arkansas (55%). New daily deaths have fallen another 0.7% over the past week, and COVID-related hospitalizations are down 4.7%.
In Los Angeles, city health officials recommend that people wear masks indoors, regardless of their immunization status, the Associated Press reports, due to the growing threat from the Delta variant. (The World Health Organization recommended last Friday that even fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors.)
Los Angeles County has recorded a total of 1.2 million coronavirus cases and more than 24,000 deaths from COVID-19 since March 2020.
The United States reported 15,083 new COVID-19 cases and 150 deaths yesterday, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. In total, the United States has confirmed 33,645,904 cases of COVID-19, including 604,279 deaths, the most recorded deaths in the world.
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Four in 10 Americans say celebrating July 4 looks risky this year, about half the amount of a year ago, according to the latest Axes/ Ipsos survey. Fifty-five percent of those polled say they wear masks all or part of the time when they leave home, the lowest number since April 2020.
The confidence comes as more Americans get vaccinated against the new virus. COVID data tracking from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 381,282,720 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to the United States and 324,414,371 have been administered. Overall, 66.1% of adults have received at least one dose of vaccine and 153,776,118 of the country’s total population are fully immunized.
But vaccinating communities at risk continues to be a struggle. In California, the vaccination campaign has largely stagnated in black and Latino communities hardest hit by the pandemic, and in rural areas where opposition to the vaccine is rampant, reports Kaiser Health News. Nearly 60% of Californians are fully vaccinated, but only 39% of eligible black residents and 40% of Latinos had been vaccinated last Friday.
Black and Hispanic students have less access to in-person learning
In addition to being more affected by the pandemic than white Americans, black and Hispanic families were less likely to be able to access in-person education by April 2021, according to a new CDC study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The study showed that while 75% of white students had access to in-person school in April, only 63% of black students and 59% of Hispanic students had access to full-time in-person education.
“In 43 states, access to full-time in-person learning was higher for non-Hispanic white students than for students of color. The District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Wyoming and Montana had the lowest disparity; highest, ”the authors found, comparing data from 1,200 US school districts with demographics from the National Center for Education Statistics.
The authors said school districts must do all they can to open up in-person education as evidence accumulates that distance learning negatively impacts the academic gains and mental health of kindergarten students. in Grade 12, especially students in Kindergarten to Grade 5.