CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Baltimore mayor tests positive, a vaccinated Emmy winner dies of Covid, news about boosters and more can be found in our regular roundup of coronavirus facts, figures and numbers regarding Ohio, the United States and the world Oct. 2-8, followed by our quotes of the week:
Ohio records 5,793 new coronavirus cases.
Ohio records 3,445 new cases. … Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says almost 56% of the total U.S. population (65.4% of those ages 12 and up who are eligible), are fully vaccinated, and more than 700,000 Americans have died from Covid. … Hair and makeup designer Marc Pilcher, who won an Emmy for his work on the Netflix series “Bridgerton,” dies. Pilcher was double vaccinated, tested negative multiple times, and had no underlying health issues, Variety reports. He also was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on “Mary Queen of Scots.” He was 53.
Ohio reports 4,212 cases. … Zip codes in Medina, North Ridgeville and Painesville have the highest number of cumulative Covid cases in Northeast Ohio. Medina’s 44256 tops the list with 7,560 total cases - a rate of 12 cases per every 100 people. … The European Medicines Agency backs a booster shot of Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines for some people. … Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott (above photo, lower right) tests positive. The Democrat was vaccinated. … New Zealand’s government acknowledges what most countries did long ago: It no longer can completely get rid of coronavirus. Since early in the pandemic, New Zealand had pursued an unusual zero-tolerance approach through strict lockdowns and aggressive contact tracing. But the outbreak has grown to more than 1,300 cases, with 29 more detected today.
Ohio reports 5,533 cases. … Johnson & Johnson has asked for Food and Drug Administration approval for a booster shot.
Ohio records 6,296 cases. … CNN reports that while much of the United States is seeing a decline in Covid-related hospitalizations, it’s evident the fight against the pandemic is far from over. Texas, Idaho, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arkansas and North Carolina have 15% or less of their ICU capacity available to patients, according to Department of Health and Human Services. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, 645 children have died from Covid in the United States. … Booster shots are surpassing first-time Covid inoculations, CNN says, citing CDC data: An average of 384,963 booster vaccine doses are being given daily, while roughly 281,303 people are getting their first dose every day and about 292,927 people are becoming fully vaccinated each day.
Ohio records 6,310 cases. The state has averaged 560.5 cases per 100,000 residents this week, according to the Ohio Department of Health. … A surge of cases among students and staff in the Cincinnati Public Schools has the district again reporting the most new infections in Ohio in the latest weekly update from the state’s Department of Health. The district reported 511 new student cases and 88 new staff cases this week. It’s the second consecutive week the district has reported the most new infections in Ohio. … A study out today from the medical journal Pediatrics says during 15 months of the nearly 19-month pandemic, more than 120,000 U.S. children lost a parent or grandparent who was a primary provider of financial support and care. Another 22,000 children experienced the death of a secondary caregiver - for example, a grandparent who provided housing but not a child’s other basic needs. More than half the children who lost a primary caregiver are Black or Hispanic, two groups that compose about 40% of the U.S. population.
CNN says Pfizer and BioNTech said they are seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration emergency-use authorization for their vaccine for ages 5 to 11. It would be the first Covid vaccine for younger children. … Reuters reports the prevalence of infections in England increased to around one in 70 people in the week ending Oct. 2, according to Britain’s Office for National Statistics. That is its highest level since August.
Quotes of the week
• “I am worried that we still have some tough days ahead. Even though we’re doing reasonably well on vaccines, we’ve got to do much better because the Delta variant is very good at finding people who are unvaccinated and infecting them.” - Dr. Ashish Jha, dean at Brown University School of Public Health.
• “In the 1800s, many public schools began to require vaccination for their students. During World War II, the U.S. military required their troops to be vaccinated against a number of diseases, including typhoid, tetanus and yellow fever. Vaccine requirements are part of our historical effort to protect the public’s health.” - Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, quoted by CNN, likening vaccine mandates to speed limits or restrictions on public smoking, adding that the requirement is fundamental to public health.
We compile our coronavirus timeline from cleveland.com stories and wire reports. Each Saturday morning, we recap news and stats regarding the virus. Here is the previous coronavirus recap Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Note: The timeline will not be published Oct. 16 but will return Oct. 23.
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