United Nations relies on COVID vaccine honor system ahead of meeting
With more than a third of the month remaining, the United States has already reported thousands more deaths in September than it has throughout August.
As of Saturday, the country reported 32,526 deaths in September, up from 27,612 for the entire month of August. With deaths averaging nearly 2,000 a day, the United States is on track to surpass the total number of deaths for July and August combined in a matter of days, according to USA TODAY analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
September is set to be the deadliest month since February.
West Virginia alone has already reported 286 deaths in September, more than double the 138 reported in August. Hawaii has already reported 113 deaths in September, up from 52 in August.
The increase in deaths comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report noting that 99.4% of all COVID-19 cases in the United States were due to the ultra-infectious delta variant. The variant caused sudden spikes across the country, forcing some hospitals to limit care and resulting in the highest number of infections in children since the start of the pandemic.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 30% of COVID infections across the country for the week ending September 9 were in children.
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►For the first time in its documented history, the state of Alabama recorded more deaths than births in a year, and state health officials attribute the 2020 population decline to COVID- 19. The state recorded 64,714 total deaths and 57,641 total births last year.
►Chris Rock has tested positive for COVID-19, the comedian announced on Sunday. Rock, 56, had previously received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, he told Jimmy Fallon in May.
►United Nations General Assembly relies on a vaccine honor system for world leaders before they speak at next week’s meeting. Presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and other dignitaries will not be required to present vaccination records or other proof of vaccination.
📈 Today’s figures: The United States has recorded more than 42 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 673,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 228 million cases and 4.6 million deaths. More than 181 million Americans – 54% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the CDC.
📘 What we read: A year ago, Mallory Dunlap and her father were planning her college softball career. Then their secure bubble against COVID-19 burst and his life turned upside down. Read the story of a family through the lens of a teenage girl.
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Seth Rogen jokes about COVID protocols at crowded Emmys
Seth Rogen made headlines on Sunday after taking a few hits over COVID-19 protocols at the Emmys on Sunday night as he presented an award.
“They said it was outside. It wasn’t. They lied to us. We are currently in a tightly sealed tent. I would not have come to that,” Rogen said.
He questioned the spacing of the guests – “There are far too many of us in this small room” – but also the tent ceiling which, according to Emmy organizers, “would allow more socially distant seating”.
“It’s more important that we have three chandeliers than making sure we don’t kill Eugene Levy tonight. That’s what was decided,” Rogen said.
Emmys host Cedric the Entertainer offered a quick response.
“It’s actually amazing here, unlike what Seth (Rogen) was talking about. It feels good. We’re all vaxxed. We had to get vaxxed to come here. I was vaxxed. I didn’t. had a reaction like that of the cousin of friend Nicki Minaj. I have Pfizer because I am candle. Pfizer is the Neiman Marcus of vaccines. Moderna is Macy’s. Johnson & Johnson, it is TJ Maxx “, a- he declared.
– Bill Keveney
Governor Reeves avoids Mississippi’s high COVID death rate on CNN
In a Sunday morning appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves did his best to avoid questions about the state’s high death rate from COVID-19, using instead the platform to re-attack President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for working-class Americans.
Mississippi has the highest COVID-19 per capita death rate in the country, overtaking New Jersey at the end of last week.
“Sadly, deaths are a lagging indicator when it comes to the virus… so timing has as much to do with where this statistic you use than anything,” Reeves said. He added that he expects death rates to increase elsewhere as the delta variant takes hold.
State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked Reeves if he intends to change the way the state responds to COVID-19, the same question local reporters asked of Reeves for months, to which he frequently responds with a version of “no.”
“So with all due respect, Governor, your path is failing,” Tapper said. Read more here.
– Lee O. Sanderlin, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger
Contributor: Mike Stucka; Associated press