CLEVELAND, Ohio – From the deaths of a ballplayer, singer and actor, to dangers about the Delta variant and more, here is our regular roundup of coronavirus facts, figures and numbers regarding Cleveland, Ohio, the United States and the world July 31-Aug. 6, followed by our quotes of the week:
Reuters reports thousands of people protested in Paris and other French cities against a mandatory coronavirus health pass for entry to many public venues, introduced by the government as it battles a fourth wave of infections. It was the third consecutive weekend that people opposed to President Emmanuel Macron’s new Covid measures have taken to the streets, an unusual show of determination when many people are focused on taking their summer break. … Actor Alvin Ing, who appeared on Broadway and in television shows, dies of Covid. He was 89.
The Tokyo metropolitan government confirms 3,058 daily cases, with public concern over a surge in infections while the Olympics are under way, Kyodo News reports. Also, the Japanese government starts administering Covid vaccine shots at two airports to citizens who return from abroad temporarily.
The Cleveland Browns activate rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (above photo, top left) from the reserve/Covid list. The Browns selected Owusu-Koramoah at No. 51 in this year’s draft. … Cuyahoga County reaches the federal government’s threshold for “substantial” Covid transmission, triggering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that everyone wear masks indoors. The county board of health did not immediately address questions about whether the designation will trigger new guidance from local health authorities. … Covid vaccination rates are on the upswing in Ohio, perhaps in response to warnings that the unvaccinated risk getting sick with the highly transmissible Delta variant. Through Sunday, 59,693 people received a first dose in the last week. That’s 8,528 a day – the highest point since June 19. … Ohio State University announces it would require all students, faculty and staff to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. … The United States finally reaches President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one Covid shot into 70% of American adults – a month late and amid a surge by the Delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules across the country. … Louisiana has ordered everyone – regardless of vaccination status – to wear masks in all indoor public settings. … The CDC adds 16 destinations to its “very high” Covid-19 risk level: Andorra, Curaçao, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Iran, Ireland, Isle of Man, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Libya, Malta, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin and U.S. Virgin Islands. … U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (above photo, bottom right) of South Carolina says he tested positive for coronavirus, months after being vaccinated. He is the first U.S. senator to report having a positive diagnosis after vaccination. … World Health Organization says coronavirus deaths in Africa have risen rapidly in the past month, as fatalities increased by 80 percent within four weeks.
Ohio reports 1,760 new cases – about five times the daily levels seen through late June / early July. … Summit County Public Health issues guidance that says everyone, including the fully vaccinated, should wear masks in indoor public places. … Ohio Hospital Association, which represents 245 medical centers and 15 health systems, is recommending Ohio hospitals independently adopt policies requiring coronavirus vaccines for all employees. … New York City will require proof of vaccination to enter all restaurants, fitness centers and indoor entertainment venues, Mayor Bill de Blasio announces. … China is dealing with its worst outbreak in months, with more than 300 cases recorded in more than two dozen cities. The country has 144 medium- and high-risk areas, the most since the initial outbreak in early 2020, according to the National Health Commission.
Ohio reports 2,167 new cases – 10 times the case level a month ago. … Kent State University now requires face coverings indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, on all of its campuses. … From CNN: In a new offensive against federal health authorities, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticizes CDC advice that says kids – including those under 12 who cannot be vaccinated yet – should wear masks in class. DeSantis is expected to be a contender in the next Republican presidential primary if former President Donald Trump does not run. … Reuters reports coronavirus cases worldwide top 200 million. … Chicago house-music DJ and producer Paul Johnson – who had a No. 5 UK hit in the United Kingdom with “Get Get Down” in 1999 – dies of Covid. He was 50. … J.R. Richard, who won 107 games over 10 seasons with the Houston Astros until a stroke prematurely ended his career, dies of Covid. He was 71.
All Summa Health employees must be fully vaccinated for Covid by Sunday, Oct. 31, and those who refuse could be disciplined or fired, the health system announces. … CNN reports 49.8% of the population is fully vaccinated against Covid, citing CDC data. … Tokyo – home of the Summer Olympics – reports 5,042 new daily cases, a record.
The level of unvaccinated Ohioans who are hospitalized with the coronavirus is exponentially higher than vaccinated hospital patients – 98.4% to 1.6% since Jan. 1, Gov. Mike DeWine says.
Quotes of the week
• “I don’t think we’re gonna see lockdowns. I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country – not enough to crush the outbreak – but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter. But things are going to get worse.” – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, to ABC’s “This Week” co-anchor Jonathan Karl.
• “If you get sick with the Alpha variant, you could infect about two other unvaccinated people. If you get sick with the Delta variant, we estimate that you could infect about five other unvaccinated people – more than twice as many as the original strain.” – CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
• “The next variant is just around the corner, if we do not all get vaccinated. I just beg the American people to understand that to defeat this virus, we have to get everybody’s level of immunity up, and that’s just the way it is.” – Adm. Brett Giroir, former coronavirus testing czar under President Trump, to CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
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