Rural Americans dying of COVID twice the rate of those in urban areas
Rural Americans are dying of COVID-19 at more than twice the speed of their city counterparts — a divide that well being specialists say is more likely to widen as entry to medical care shrinks for a inhabitants that tends to be older, sicker, heavier, poorer and fewer vaccinated.
Whereas the preliminary surge of COVID-19 deaths disregarded a lot of rural America, the place roughly 15% of Individuals reside, nonmetropolitan mortality charges shortly began to outpace these of metropolitan areas because the virus unfold nationwide earlier than vaccinations grew to become accessible, in response to information from the Rural Coverage Analysis Institute.
Because the pandemic started, about 1 in 434 rural Individuals have died of COVID, in contrast with roughly 1 in 513 city Individuals, the institute’s information exhibits. And although vaccines have decreased total COVID demise charges for the reason that winter peak, rural mortality charges are actually greater than double city charges — and accelerating shortly.
In Oklahoma, per capita mortality in rural areas has exceeded that of city Oklahoma since April 2020, in response to the Oklahoma State College Middle for Rural Well being. Rural Oklahoma constitutes 34% of the state’s inhabitants and 39% of the confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Oklahoma, the middle reviews.
In rural northeastern Texas, Titus Regional Medical Middle CEO Terry Scoggin is grappling with a 39% vaccination price in his group. Eleven sufferers died of COVID within the first half of September at his hospital in Mount Nice, inhabitants 16,000. Usually, three or 4 non-hospice sufferers die there in an entire month.
“We don’t see demise like that,” Scoggin mentioned. “You normally don’t see your pals and neighbors die.”
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►FIFA offered direct encouragement for footballers to get vaccinated on Sunday, making it the primary clear assertion of its sort from the world’s soccer governing physique as gamers had been flying to international locations for males’s World Cup qualifiers.
►Russia on Sunday reported a document day by day demise toll from COVID-19, the fifth time in per week that deaths have hit a brand new excessive. The nationwide coronavirus activity drive mentioned 890 deaths had been recorded over the previous day, exceeding the 887 reported on Friday. The duty drive additionally mentioned the variety of new infections up to now day was the second-highest of the yr at 25,769.
►United Airlines introduced an integration with Apple’s Well being app that enables clients to shortly affirm they’ve met the vaccination necessities wanted for his or her journey plans.
►New Mexico State College says lower than one-third of its college students submitted proof of COVID vaccination by this week’s deadline, although it isn’t clear what number of plan to undergo weekly testing. Against this, about 70% of the college’s workers complied. Failure to obtain the vaccine or be examined weekly can result in suspension.
📈 Right this moment’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded greater than 43 million confirmed COVID-19 instances and greater than 701,000 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins University data. World totals: Greater than 234 million instances and 4.8 million deaths. Greater than 185 million Individuals — 55.9% of the inhabitants — are absolutely vaccinated, in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
📘 What we’re studying: Regardless of federal COVID-19 support, some cities are dealing with large hurdles in bringing staff again after finances cuts. In actual fact, state and native governments haven’t recovered about 400,000 of the non-education jobs shed for the reason that begin of the pandemic. Read more about the issue here.
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Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins receives COVID vaccination,
Andrew Wiggins, whose standing for the upcoming NBA season was thrown into query final month, will now be accessible for all Golden State Warriors video games.
Wiggins received his COVID-19 vaccination, coach Steve Kerr advised reporters Sunday on the staff’s coaching camp, placing him in compliance with San Francisco’s mandates for giant occasions within the metropolis. Wiggins wouldn’t have been eligible to play in Warriors dwelling video games within the metropolis had he not been vaccinated. The NBA beforehand denied Wiggins’ request for a spiritual exemption from any metropolis mandates.
In August, San Francisco authorised necessities for everybody over the age of 12 to point out proof of vaccination to enter eating places, bars, golf equipment, gyms and enormous indoor occasions, together with basketball video games. The proof of vaccination requirement for employees and workers at venues, which incorporates gamers, goes into impact on Oct. 13.
Wiggins, 26, had change into one of many faces of vaccine resistance within the NBA. Throughout Warriors media day final week, he reiterated his stance in opposition to the vaccine and mentioned he would stick with his beliefs. Wiggins mentioned his again was “undoubtedly in opposition to the wall, however I’m simply going to maintain combating for what I consider. I’m going to maintain combating for what I consider is correct. What’s proper to at least one particular person isn’t proper to the opposite and vice versa.”
Wiggins stood to lose greater than $350,000 for each dwelling recreation missed, in response to the Related Press, amounting to half of his $31.6 million wage for the 2021-22 season.
– Matt Eppers
Variety of Floridians getting vaccinated slows to a crawl
The variety of Floridians receiving coronavirus photographs climbed more slowly in the past week than at any time since late December, an evaluation of state information exhibits.
The state added simply 85,026 extra residents to Florida’s COVID-19 inoculation rely up to now seven days, a Well being Division report printed Friday says. That’s the smallest enhance since Dec. 28, the second week of statewide coronavirus immunization reporting.
In whole, 13,621,499 Florida residents have gotten no less than one vaccine dose, protecting 71% of the eligible inhabitants ages 12 and older, state well being officers reported. That tally consists of 436,543 absolutely vaccinated individuals who have gotten further jabs.
Well being officers reported Friday that 11,370,030 Florida residents are absolutely vaccinated. That covers 59.5% of the eligible inhabitants.
Florida’s summer season surge of COVID-19 deaths, which occurred principally to the unvaccinated, continues to sluggish. The state’s demise toll climbed 1,719 up to now week, the slowest tempo since Aug. 27, earlier than the wave of newly reported fatalities crested.
The state’s demise toll stands at 55,299.
Florida well being officers have documented extra lives misplaced — 17,429 — than some other state since June 4, after they stopped publishing day by day coronavirus statistics as a result of “our state is returning to regular, with vaccines broadly accessible all through Florida,” Gov. Ron DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw mentioned on the time.
– Chris Persaud, Palm Seaside Submit
Contributing: Related Press