The Latest: Alabama doctor expects 'tidal wave' of case... | tjhjmcaz.com
Facebook Twitter RSS
sunny.png
Thursday April 15th, 2021 2:58PM

The Latest: Alabama doctor expects 'tidal wave' of cases

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A health official says Alabama hospitals treating a record number of COVID-19 patients are bracing for a “tidal wave” of additional cases linked to holiday gatherings.

Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo of the University of Alabama at Birmingham says health care systems could be overwhelmed within two or three weeks. The Alabama Hospital Association says only 11% of the state’s intensive care beds were available Monday. The remaining spaces could be filled as more patients are admitted than leave hospitals.

A statewide order requiring face masks in public expires Dec. 11, but it could be extended by Gov. Kay Ivey for additional weeks as in the past.

Nearly 253,000 people have contracted the coronavirus and more than 3,600 have died in Alabama.

___

THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— U.S. panel to decide who should get the first COVID-19 shots

— BioNTech and Pfizer ask European regulator for expedited approval of coronavirus vaccine

— Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

— At tiny rural hospitals, exhausted medical workers t reat friends and family

— Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton tests positive for coronavirus

— A pop-up school has blossomed to teach reading, writing, math and art to Central American children living in a camp of asylum seekers stuck at America’s doorstep

___

Follow AP’s coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak

___

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Public health data in Iowa shows the coronavirus infection rate is slowing, but the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 remains high.

Iowa’s positivity rate declined in the past two weeks but remains third in the nation at 41%, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Some of the ease in case positivity could be from reduced testing around the Thanksgiving holiday. Hospital officials were bracing for another surge in positive tests and illness because of Thanksgiving family gatherings.

Iowa posted 24 deaths and 1,906 new confirmed cases on Tuesday. Hospitals reported 1,172 patients with COVID-19, up 10 from the previous day.

___

HELENA, Mont. — A new counseling hotline is available to help Montana residents struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus crisis.

Gov. Steve Bullock announced the new hotline will be available for at least the next nine months. It’s funded by a $1.6 million federal grant.

The governor’s office says the new service is meant to aid health care workers, first responders, school officials, veterans, the elderly, Native Americans, and farmers and ranchers but is available to all residents.

More than 1,000 new coronavirus cases were reported Tuesday in Montana, bringing the confirmed total to more than 63,000.

___

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has returned to his office after he was diagnosed with the coronavirus in mid-November.

He announced his return on Twitter. Sisolak, a Democrat, was isolating at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City.

He announced on Nov. 13 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Three days later, he said he was only experiencing mild head congestion.

___

NEW YORK — An influential scientific panel is set to tackle one of the most pressing questions in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic: Who should get the first vaccines when they become available?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet in an open-to-the-public, virtual meeting to vote on a proposal that would give priority to health care workers and patients in nursing 凯发k8地址homes and other long-term care facilities. The two groups together represent around 23 million Americans out of a population of about 330 million.

About 2 million people live in nursing 凯发k8地址homes and other U.S. long-term care facilities. Those patients and the staff members who care for them have accounted for 6% of the nation’s coronavirus cases and a staggering 39% of the deaths, CDC officials say.

Later this month, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approval of two vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.

Experts say the vaccines will probably not become widely available in the U.S. until the spring. There’s been more than 13.6 million confirmed cases and nearly 270,000 deaths in the U.S., the highest tallies in the world.

___

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says France’s coronavirus vaccination program will likely start in early January on a focused population.

A French public health watchdog recommended the first vaccines go to nursing 凯发k8地址home residents. No vaccines have been approved yet.

Macron says the larger population is expected to get a potential vaccine between April and June.

France has 2.2 million cases, fifth highest in the world, and more than 52,000 deaths.

___

PHOENIX — Arizona reported a record 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, which included delayed reporting because of the holiday weekend.

The state’s coronavirus dashboard reported 10,322 coronavirus cases and 48 deaths. Arizona’s previous single-day high was 4,878 on July 1.

Arizona’s latest seven-day rolling average of daily new cases was 3,499 on Monday.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 continued to increase, reaching 2,594 on Monday, with 597 patients in intensive care unit beds.

___

TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada won’t lift restrictions at the U.S.--Canada border until the coronavirus is significantly under control throughout the world.

Canada has limited border crossings to essential travel since March. Trudeau told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that Canada is fortunate that trade in essential goods like agriculture products and pharmaceuticals is still flowing back and forth.

Trudeau says it’s critical that people not travel. He says while President-elect Joe Biden has an “obvious” different approach on the pandemic than President Donald Trump, the situation in the U.S. remains serious. The United States leads the world with 13.6 million coronavirus cases and nearly 270,000 deaths.

About 400,000 people crossed the world’s longest international border each day before the pandemic closed it to nonessential travel nine months ago.

___

BERLIN — Germany’s health minister toured a new vaccination center in Duesseldorf on Tuesday, preparing for possible mass vaccinations against the coronavirus in the coming weeks.

Vaccinations in Germany will be free, voluntary and people will receive letters about when it’s their turn for the shot, Health Minister Jens Spahn says.

The first shots will be given either in vaccination centers around the country or by mobile medical teams who will go to nursing 凯发k8地址homes to vaccinate the most vulnerable people. Later next year, doctors will vaccinate people at their local practices, the health minister says.

Spahn expects Germany to receive five to eight million doses of vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech as well as by Moderna.

There will be 53 centers opened in Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with 18 million people, where Duesseldorf is based. In Berlin, 凯发k8地址home to 3.6 million people, six centers are being prepared.

In Germany, there were 13,604 confirmed cases and 388 deaths in the last 24 hours.

___

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island has opened two field hospitals with a combined 900 beds to deal with an expected increase of COVID-19 patients.

Care New England opened a field hospital with more than 300 beds in Cranston on Monday, the same day the state sent an emergency alert saying conventional hospitals had reached their coronavirus capacity.

A facility with nearly 600 beds opened Tuesday at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. It is run by Lifespan, the state’s largest hospital group.

There were 365 COVID-19 patients in the state’s hospitals on Saturday, according to the state Department of Health. That’s down from a high of 381 on Nov. 23.

___

ISLAMABAD — A top Pakistani health official says Islamabad plans to procure a COVID-19 vaccine in the first quarter of next year.

The announcement Tuesday by Faisal Sultan came hours after Pakistan registered 67 more deaths and 2,458 new coronavirus cases.

Pakistan has allocated $150 million to acquire vaccine, which first will be administered to frontline health workers and elderly people.

The government has imposed a partial lockdown in many areas across Pakistan. ities have asked people to adhere to social distancing rules to avoid stricter measures.

Pakistan’s death toll stands at 8,091 and more than 400,000 confirmed cases.

___

MADRID — Madrid officials held a ceremony to open part of a 1,000-bed hospital for emergencies. About 200 health professionals gathered Tuesday at the Nurse Isabel Zendal Hospital, built in 100 days at a cost of 100 million euros ($119 million), twice the original budget.

Health workers’ unions say the investment should had instead gone to shore up an existing public health system run down by years of spending cuts.

The regional Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, says it will help alleviate pressure in other public hospitals by focusing on COVID-19 patients. Its located near Madrid’s international airport.

The conservative regional leader has been a critic of the pandemic’s handling by the leftist national government led by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, constantly objecting to preventative measures and advocating for restrictions to preserve economic activity. Some critics say the new hospital is no more than a vanity project for Díaz Ayuso, a building with beds not ready to receive patients.

The region’s 14-day infection rate has dropped from 500-plus cases per 100,000 inhabitants in October to 236 on Monday, below the national average of 275.

Spain has reported 1.6 million coronavirus cases and more than 45,000 confirmed deaths.

___

SAKHIR, Bahrain — Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix.

The Mercedes team says Hamilton tested negative three times last week but woke feeling mild symptoms the morning after winning Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton took another test after being informed that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive. The 35-year-old British driver returned the positive test Monday and the result has been confirmed by a retest.

Hamilton is in isolation in accordance with the health protocols in Bahrain and has mild symptoms, the team says.

Hamilton has won 11 races this season and clinched the drivers’ championship last month in Turkey. He’s the third F1 driver to test positive this season.

___

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A three-month Dutch law to rein in the spread of the coronavirus began on Tuesday.

The law requires wearing face masks in public indoor areas, including stores, museums, libraries and theaters. Masks are now mandatory in all schools except primary schools, although they can be taken off once students are in classrooms.

Before the law, masks were only required when traveling on public transport.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Netherlands has eased slightly over the past two weeks from 32 new cases per 100,000 people on Nov. 16 to 28 on Monday.

Also Tuesday, the Dutch health minister Hugo de Jonge says the Netherlands could begin coronavirus vaccinations by Jan. 4.

The minister says if the vaccine candidate by Pfizer and BioNTech is approved later this month, he expects delivery of about 1 million doses of its vaccine to the Netherlands in December and 1.6 million doses in the first quarter of 2021.

___

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Islamic militant group Hamas says its leader in the Gaza Strip has contracted the coronavirus.

Hamas says Yehiya Sinwar was tested after he showed symptoms and the infection was confirmed. It says he is “in good health and conducting his work with adherence to safety measures.”

Hamas has ruled Gaza since taking over the territory from the rival Palestinian ity in 2007. Sinwar has led the group in Gaza, its central base, since 2017.

Previously, he spent two decades in Israeli prisons after being convicted of planning an operation in which two Israelis were killed. He was freed in a 2011 prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas.

Gaza, which is under a tight Israeli-Egyptian blockade, reported its first case of community transmission of coronavirus in August. Since then, the outbreak has quickly spread.

Health ities have confirmed 21,000 cases and 111 deaths, including a record nine deaths reported on Tuesday.

___

TOKYO — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is asking senior citizens 65 or older and those with underlying health conditions not to use the government’s GoTo discount campaign to travel in and out of Tokyo.

New cases in Tokyo and other major cities have spiked in recent weeks, with serious cases rapidly filling hospitals and impacting the treatment of other patients.

Koike says she is focusing on how to stop serious cases and prevent the medical systems from collapsing.

Koike issued a request for restaurants serving alcohol, bars and karaoke chains to close early until mid-December. Aichi, Osaka and Hokkaido have taken similar steps.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government has been criticized for being slow to curb social and economic activity. Suga hasn’t taken tougher steps beyond basic safety precautions and wearing masks.

Japan managed to avoid a high number of cases with stay at 凯发k8地址home and business closure requests under a non-binding state of emergency in the spring. Some experts say it’s time to scale back business activity and urged the government to act quickly to avoid another state of emergency.

The health ministry says Japan has nearly 149,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 2,100 deaths.

___

BERLIN — German pharmaceutical company BioNTech and its U.S. partner Pfizer say they have submitted an application for expedited approval of their coronavirus vaccine with the European Medicines Agency.

The two companies say the submission, which occurred Monday, completes the rolling review process they initiated with the agency on Oct. 6.

The move comes a day after rival Moderna said it was asking U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine.

BioNTech says if the vaccine, currently named BNT162b2, is approved, its use in Europe could begin before the end of 2020.

___

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Auto Racing, AP Health, AP World News, AP Business, AP Business - Corporate News, AP Health - Senior Health, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Health Care, Formula One Racing
© Copyright 2021 tjhjmcaz.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Alabama doctor expects 'tidal wave' of cases
A health official says Alabama hospitals treating a record number of COVID-19 patients are bracing for a “tidal wave” of additional cases linked to holiday gatherings
3:34PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Visitor: Monolith toppled by group who said 'leave no trace'
New clues have surfaced in the disappearance of a gleaming monolith in Utah that seemed to melt away as mysteriously as it appeared in the red-rock desert
3:28PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Barr appoints special counsel in Russia probe investigation
Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump- Russia investigation, giving him the ity of a special counsel to allow him to complete his work without being easily fired
3:24PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Stanford football hits the road for long trip
Stanford’s football team is heading for a long trip to the Pacific Northwest because of new COVID-19 protocols in Santa Clara County
2:35PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Panel to recommend who gets first U.S. vaccines
An influential scientific panel will recommend who should get the first vaccines when they become available
2:30PM ( 1 hour ago )
Ex-Penn St. president's Sandusky-related conviction restored
A federal appeals court is reinstating former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s conviction for child endangerment over his handling of a report that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a child
2:24PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
The Latest: Germany’s health minister tours vaccine center
Germany’s health minister toured a new vaccination center in Duesseldorf, preparing for possible upcoming vaccinations against the coronavirus
11:59AM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Madrid to open hospital for coronavirus patients
Madrid officials held a ceremony to open part of a 1,000-bed hospital for emergencies
10:31AM ( 5 hours ago )
Hamilton tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Sakhir F1 GP
The Mercedes team says Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix
4:48AM ( 10 hours ago )
AP Online Auto Racing
FDA chief called to White House as Trump pushes for vaccine
The head of the agency responsible for approving any COVID-19 vaccine has been summoned to the White House as an increasingly frustrated President Donald Trump complains approval isn't coming faster
2:00PM ( 1 hour ago )
EU eyes Dec 29 approval for 1st virus vaccine, later than US
The EU drug agency says it may need another four weeks to decide whether to grant its first approval for a coronavirus vaccine, even as ities in the United States and Britain continued to aim for a green light before Christmas
12:36PM ( 3 hours ago )
Nonessential shops reopen in Belgium as virus numbers drop
Nonessential shops in Belgium reopened Tuesday in the wake of encouraging figures about declining daily coronavirus infection rates and hospital admissions
12:33PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Health
UK leader touts local virus rules but pubs are in distress
British lawmakers have voted to approve new coronavirus restrictions in England that will take effect within hours
2:50PM ( 55 minutes ago )
4 killed, 15 injured after German man drives car into crowd
German officials say a man zig-zagged an SUV at high speed through a pedestrian zone in the southwestern German city of Trier, killing four people, including a 9-month-old child, and seriously injuring 15
2:19PM ( 1 hour ago )
China spacecraft lands on moon to bring rocks back to Earth
The Chinese government says it has landed a spacecraft on the moon to bring rocks back to Earth
1:53PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP World News
Unveiling economic team, Biden pledges, 'Help is on the way'
President-elect Joe Biden has introduced top advisers he says will help his administration rebuild an economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic
2:57PM ( 49 minutes ago )
DeVos says free college amounts to a 'socialist takeover'
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is taking a veiled swing at President-elect Joe Biden
2:54PM ( 51 minutes ago )
Nestle, Cargill at high court in child labor case
The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit that claims they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child slave labor
2:42PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Ousted US prosecutor Berman hired by white-shoe NY law firm
The former federal prosecutor in Manhattan who led several investigations into President Donald Trump's allies has been hired by a white-shoe law firm in New York
12:13PM ( 3 hours ago )
Sephora to take over cosmetics in Kohl's stores
Sephora will be replacing all cosmetics areas at Kohl’s with 2,500 square foot shops, starting with 200 locations late next year
11:47AM ( 3 hours ago )
Nasdaq seeks mandatory rule on board diversity for companies
The Nasdaq stock exchange is seeking U.S. ity to require more diversity in the boardrooms of Nasdaq-listed companies, or to explain why they can not
9:48AM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Business - Corporate News
First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer's goes on sale
A company has started selling the first blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease
10:02AM ( 1 day ago )
Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving
Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country
9:03PM ( 4 days ago )
The Latest: Surge affecting Minnesota nursing 凯发k8地址home staffing
A surge in COVID-19 cases throughout Minnesota is affecting staffing levels at many nursing 凯发k8地址homes and assisted-living facilities
9:29AM ( 6 days ago )
AP Health - Senior Health
Watchdog: US nuclear dump facing space, staffing challenges
A nonpartisan congressional watchdog says the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump could run out of room if the number of drums shipped to the New Mexico site keeps expanding or if a new method for measuring the waste is upended as part of a legal challenge
1:22PM ( 2 hours ago )
Mnuchin defends shut down of Fed emergency loan programs
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is defending his decision to close down a number of emergency Federal Reserve loan programs at a time when coronavirus cases are surging
1:19PM ( 2 hours ago )
OPEC talks on production hit snag as pandemic clouds outlook
The OPEC oil cartel is holding more talks Tuesday as producing countries try to reach agreement on how much oil to pump next year
9:29AM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
Asian stocks gain on stronger Chinese factory data
Asian stocks are higher after Chinese manufacturing improved, with investors looking ahead to U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s appearance before legislators
11:50PM ( 15 hours ago )
Powell says pace of economic improvement has moderated
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says that the pace of improvement in the economy has moderated in recent months with future prospects remaining “extraordinarily uncertain.”
5:50PM ( 21 hours ago )
Canada to add to record deficit in pandemic recovery attempt
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is vowing to spend billions more to help the country recover from the pandemic
5:28PM ( 22 hours ago )
AP Business - Health Care
Hamilton wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for 93rd F1 win
Runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton overcomes a sluggish start to win the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for a record-extending 93rd Formula One victory
10:08AM ( 1 month ago )
Still rising: Lewis Hamilton makes F1 history with 92nd win
When Michael Schumacher retired from Formula One eight years ago, little did the German great know that he was opening the door for Lewis Hamilton to make history
8:20PM ( 1 month ago )
Lewis Hamilton wins Portuguese GP for record 92nd F1 victory
British driver Lewis Hamilton has made Formula One history by winning the Portuguese Grand Prix for a 92nd career victory
11:47AM ( 1 month ago )
Formula One Racing
Visitor: Monolith toppled by group who said 'leave no trace'
New clues have surfaced in the disappearance of a gleaming monolith in Utah that seemed to melt away as mysteriously as it appeared in the red-rock desert
3:28PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Barr appoints special counsel in Russia probe investigation
Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump- Russia investigation, giving him the ity of a special counsel to allow him to complete his work without being easily fired
3:24PM ( 22 minutes ago )
The Latest: No. 19 Richmond pauses men's basketball
No. 19 Richmond’s men’s basketball is pausing all activities and its game at College of Charleston on Wednesday night has been called off due to COVID-19 concerns within the Spiders program
3:21PM ( 25 minutes ago )
'Very dark couple of weeks': Morgues and hospitals overflow
Nearly 37,000 people died of COVID-19 in the U.S. in November, the most since the dark early days of the pandemic
3:18PM ( 27 minutes ago )
Barr: No evidence of fraud that’d change election outcome
Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud and has seen nothing that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election
3:15PM ( 31 minutes ago )