(NEW YORK) – The United States faces a wave of COVID-19 as the most contagious delta variant continues to spread.
More than 702,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while more than 4.8 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns University Hopkins.
According to CDC data, only 65.5% of Americans aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
-Child hospitalizations are decreasing, but children still represent a quarter of all new cases
-Daily deaths almost 8 times higher than in July
-Extremely rare myocarditis in vaccinated people
Here is how the news is evolving. All Eastern hours.
04 Oct, 7:56 PM
Pentagon imposes vaccines on civilian employees
The Pentagon announced Monday that all of its civilian employees must be fully immunized by November 22.
“Vaccinating civilian employees (in the department) against COVID-19 will save lives and enable the defense of our nation,” Assistant Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks wrote in a note sent Monday to Pentagon officials. “Thank you for focusing on this crucial mission. “
There is already a vaccination warrant for the military, but each branch of service has its own deadline.
Luis Martinez from ABC News
04 Oct, 6:02 PM
Newly Approved Rapid Test Will Double U.S. Capacity, FDA Says
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new rapid test that it says will double home testing capacity in the United States in the coming weeks.
ACON Laboratories’ Flowflex COVID-19 home test will ideally alleviate the shortage of over-the-counter rapid home tests since schools and other businesses have returned to work in person.
“By the end of the year, the manufacturer plans to produce more than 100 million tests per month, and that number will increase to 200 million per month by February 2022,” the FDA said in a statement on Monday.
ABC News Cheyenne Haslett
04 Oct, 5:48 p.m.
Judge agrees to hear another demand to suspend New York school staff’s vaccination mandate
A Manhattan federal judge agreed to hear another demand to suspend New York City’s vaccination mandate for public school employees.
A group of 10 teachers, educators and administrators filed an emergency motion Monday for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prevent the city from further enforcing the warrant.
“This policy is reckless, foolish and not only violates the basic rights of thousands of New Yorkers, but will also put more than a million New York City public school children at risk of imminent harm,” said the petition.
The judge has set a hearing for Tuesday morning to consider the request and the preliminary injunction.
Earlier Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said 95% of all full-time Department of Education employees are vaccinated, including 96% of all teachers and 99% of all principals.
ABC News Aaron Katersky
October 04, 3:12 p.m.
Child hospitalizations decline, but children still account for a quarter of all new cases
Last week, the United States reported more than 173,000 cases of COVID-19 in children, marking the first week with fewer than 200,000 new cases reported since mid-August, according to a weekly report recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
Even with the decline, last week children still accounted for 26.7% of reported weekly cases. (Children represent 22.2% of the population.)
The South reports the most pediatric cases, followed closely by the Midwest.
The number of children hospitalized for COVID-19 is also declining. About 1,700 children are currently hospitalized across the country, according to the AAP and CHA.
Serious illnesses from COVID-19 remain “rare” in children, the two organizations wrote in the report. However, the AAP and CHA have warned that there is an urgent need to collect more data on the long-term consequences of the pandemic on children, “including the ways in which the virus can harm long-term physical health. infected children, as well as their emotions and mental health effects.
Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News
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