/Hawaii to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults; Michigan should implement restrictions, CDC says. Latest COVID-19 updates

Hawaii to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults; Michigan should implement restrictions, CDC says. Latest COVID-19 updates


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A Colorado vaccination site for all adults was shut down Wednesday after 11 people suffered “adverse reactions” including nausea and dizziness after receiving the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Centura Health said in a statement that it “followed our protocols and in an abundance of caution, made the decision – in partnership with the state – to pause operations for the remainder of the day.”

Two patients were transported to the hospital for observation while EMT’s treated the other nine people with juice and water, the state health department said.

Over 1,700 people received shots at the site in Commerce City, a few miles north of Denver, so the issues involved less than 1% of the vaccinations. The 640 patients who were unable to receive their vaccine due to the pause will be rescheduled for Sunday, Centura said.

“We know it can be alarming to hear about people getting transported to the hospital,” said Scott Bookman, the COVID-19 Incident Commander. “From what we know, today’s side effects were consistent with what can be expected.”

Also in the news:

►Baseball fans headed to the San Francisco Giants opening game Friday will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result in order to be admitted, the team said on its website.

►Hawaii announced plans to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults by April 19, becoming the final state to commit to Biden’s call to lift eligibility requirements.

►Nearly half of new coronavirus infections nationwide are in New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a situation that is putting pressure on the federal government to consider sending more doses to hot spots.

►Idaho Gov. Brad Little joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in banning their state governments from requiring or issuing COVID-19 “vaccine passports.”

►Carmen Hernandez, 104, drew a standing ovation from hospital workers as she was wheeled out of a Colombian hospital after defeating COVID-19 for a second time. 

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has more than 30.9 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 559,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 132.94 million cases and 2.88 million deaths. At least 225.2 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and 171.4 million have been administered, according to the CDC

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The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that Michigan and other states with high rates of coronavirus transmission should restrict indoor youth sports and consider other steps now, such as a potential pause on indoor dining, to rein in the spread of the virus.

“I would advocate for sort of stronger mitigation strategies … to sort of decrease the community activity and shore up mask wearing,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House COVID-19 Response Team news briefing.

Walensky’s comments came one day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer attributed rising cases in the state to pandemic fatigue and variants.

“It’s not a policy problem. It sounds like, you know, maybe we could do a little tweaking around the edges, but taking steps back isn’t going to fix the issue. What we have to do is really put our foot down on the pedal on vaccines, and implore people to do what we know keeps us safe: masking, distancing, hand washing.”

Michigan’s case rate is currently leading the nation, with 452.5 cases per 100,000 people.

– Kristen Jordan Shamus and Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

The CDC has been warning since January that the highly contagious coronavirus variant first detected in Britain would become the dominant strain in the U.S., and that time has arrived.

On Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the variant, formally known as B.1.1.7, is “now the most common lineage circulating in United States.”

Though not surprising, the acknowledgement is significant because B.1.1.7 is considered at least 50% more transmissible, and it’s also more virulent, than the virus’ original strain. The variant is believed to be a major factor in the current surge of infections in Europe as well as the recent increase in U.S. cases after an extended decline. Of the 17,017 variant cases reported in this country, 16,275 are of the U.K. lineage. 

The three vaccines authorized in the U.S. have proved effective against the variant,  adding further urgency to the nation’s inoculation program.

Contributing: The Associated Press