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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Hot Spots Remain Even As Vaccines Make Thanksgiving Safer

Ed White | Associated Press

The United States is enjoying its second Thanksgiving pandemic in better shape than the first time thanks to the vaccine, although some regions are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, which could be exacerbated as families travel the country for meetings that weren’t possible. a year ago.

Nearly 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated. There are tens of millions left to be shot in the hand, some of them out of disobedience. Hospitals in the chilly Upper Midwest, especially Michigan and Minnesota, are filled with COVID-19 patients who are largely unvaccinated.

Michigan hospitals reported 3,800 coronavirus patients at the start of the week, of which 20% are in intensive care units, approaching the darkest days of the 2020 pandemic. On Monday, the state recorded a seven-day new case rate of 616 cases per 100,000 people, the highest in the country.

New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming also ranked high. Some communities in Colorado use camouflage orders to mitigate risk.

The statistics in Michigan are “terrible,” said Dr. Matthew Trunski, a respiratory health specialist at Beaumont Health in the Detroit suburbs.

“We caught a cold, moved indoors, and we have huge pockets of unvaccinated people,” he said. “You can’t have the pockets of unvaccinated people who don’t want to disguise and don’t expect outbreaks of disease, don’t expect the loss of parents, don’t expect the loss of teachers.”

On a recent office visit, he urged a patient who uses oxygen to get vaccinated. The patient refused and is now in hospital with COVID-19, desperately relying on even more oxygen, Trunski said.

He said he continues to meet with patients and their families who support vaccine conspiracy theories.

“Over the past month, we have had several deaths between the ages of 40% and 100%,” Trunski said. “It’s just incredibly sad to see a woman die along with her teenagers. It’s almost 100% preventable, especially in this age group. ”

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said hospital admissions have doubled since early November.

Despite the uptick, the outlook for the United States as a whole is significantly better than for Thanksgiving 2020.

Without the vaccine, which became available in mid-December 2020, the United States averaged 169,000 cases and 1,645 daily deaths a year ago, and about 81,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. The US currently has an average of 95,000 cases, 1,115 deaths, and 40,000 hospital cases.

More than 500,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 since last Thanksgiving, with the total death toll exceeding 770,000.

“We urge people who are going to get together to do so safely after being fully vaccinated, as we’ve been talking about for months now,” said Dr. Rochelle Walenski, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I really think this is a whole different matter because we do have the tools to prevent the vast majority of cases.”

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