DENVER — At the very least 92% of Denver’s municipal workers have been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 as of Friday, a day after town’s vaccine mandate took impact in a bid to gradual the unfold of the virus through the fall and winter, based on a overview of metropolis compliance knowledge.

The worker vaccination fee is increased than Denver’s newest general vaccination fee of 76% and the statewide fee of 70%.

Staff have been required to both show they have been vaccinated or acquire an exemption to the mandate by the top of Thursday or face potential termination.

Based on metropolis knowledge, 98.6% of its present 10,869 full-time workers complied with the mandate, both by being vaccinated or receiving an exemption. Up to now, 652 employees have been exempted, about 6% of the workforce, whereas one other 14 exemption requests have been nonetheless pending.

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MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:

— California to require faculty youngsters get vaccines, as soon as age accredited

— Merck says experimental tablet cuts results of COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths

— Justice Kavanaugh checks optimistic for virus, has no signs

— Foundations purpose to steer Individuals to get vaccinated

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

HARTFORD, Conn. – A retired Connecticut doctor and surgeon voluntarily surrendered her license to follow drugs on Friday to the Division of Public Well being after being accused of offering fraudulent medical exemption varieties by the mail.

Dr. Sue Mcintosh had her license suspended final week by the Connecticut Medical Inspecting Board throughout an emergency listening to. A full listening to on the deserves of the case was scheduled for Oct. 5.

State officers, who had obtained an nameless criticism in regards to the physician, allege Mcintosh supplied an unknown variety of clean, signed varieties exempting folks from the COVID-19 and different vaccines, in addition to necessary mask-wearing and routine COVID testing to individuals who despatched her a self-addressed envelope. Mcintosh, who hadn’t handled the sufferers, signed a letter included within the packet of bogus varieties with the phrase “Let freedom ring!”

Mcintosh didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Christopher Boyle, a spokesperson for DPH, mentioned company officers are contemplating whether or not to refer the case to state and federal regulation enforcement entities.

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MINNEAPOLIS — A decline in COVID-19 circumstances throughout america over the previous a number of weeks has given overwhelmed hospitals some reduction, however directors are bracing for one more potential surge as chilly climate drives folks indoors.

Well being consultants say the fourth wave of the pandemic has peaked general within the U.S., significantly within the Deep South, the place hospitals have been stretched to the restrict weeks in the past. However many Northern states are nonetheless combating rising circumstances, and what’s forward for winter is much much less clear.

Unknowns embody how flu season could pressure already depleted hospital staffs and whether or not those that have refused to get vaccinated will change their minds.

An estimated 70 million eligible Individuals stay unvaccinated, offering kindling for the extremely contagious delta variant.

“In case you’re not vaccinated or have safety from pure an infection, this virus will discover you,” warned Mike Osterholm, director of the College of Minnesota’s Middle for Infectious Illness Analysis and Coverage.

Nationwide, the variety of folks now within the hospital with COVID-19 has fallen to someplace round 75,000 from over 93,000 in early September. New circumstances are on the downswing at about 112,000 per day on common, a drop of about one-third over the previous 2 1/2 weeks.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Amid a nationwide debate over the usage of pandemic reduction funds, Alabama lawmakers swiftly accredited a plan Friday to faucet $400 million from the American Rescue Plan to assist construct two super-size prisons, disregarding criticism from congressional Democrats that the cash was not meant for such initiatives.

In a bipartisan vote that introduced few dissents, the Alabama Senate voted 29-2 to approve the $1.3 billion jail development plan, and 30-1 to steer $400 million of the state’s $2.1 billion from the rescue funds to pay for it.

With legislative leaders standing behind her, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the payments into regulation. Republican Sen. Greg Albritton mentioned state officers are assured they will legally use the pandemic funds, and mentioned the development to switch many current prisons will “go a great distance” to addressing the state’s longstanding issues in prisons.

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PHOENIX — Arizona’s reported COVID-19 loss of life toll has handed the grim milestone of 20,000 amid the state’s third virus surge.

The newest surge has began easing however continues to pressure hospitals. The state reported 55 extra deaths in addition to over 3,600 extra confirmed circumstances Friday. That will increase the pandemic totals to twenty,039 deaths and practically 1.1 million circumstances.

Arizona at the moment is eleventh highest amongst states within the variety of COVID-19 deaths for the reason that pandemic started, and sixth within the variety of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

The present surge has seen the state’s hospital system burdened once more with massive numbers of sufferers. Greater than 1,750 COVID-19 sufferers occupied hospital beds as of Thursday.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A extremely contentious debate over a proposed masks mandate for Alaska’s largest metropolis that has included Holocaust imagery and a homosexual slur will proceed subsequent week on Monday.

Mayor David Bronson opposes the masks mandate and apologized Thursday for his feedback supporting some residents’ use of Holocaust imagery, like sporting yellow Stars of David, to liken the proposed mandate to the oppression of Jewish folks in Nazi Germany.

The Anchorage Every day Information reviews Bronson additionally known as for folks on each side of the difficulty to be extra civil. 4 folks at Wednesday’s assembly have been arrested, together with a person who known as the meeting’s vice chair, Chris Fixed, a homophobic slur.

“I didn’t rise up and converse in your protection. And I apologize for doing that. Fairly frankly, I used to be caught off guard. After which he was gone earlier than I gathered my ideas, and I apologize for not talking up. What was mentioned was insupportable.” Bronson mentioned.

Fixed mentioned he wasn’t stunned with the slur.

“The half that in actual fact shocked me to silence was when roughly 200 folks cheered zealously. That was the half that zinged me and actually took my breath away for a minute,” he mentioned.

Fixed added: “What we’ve got to do is work out how collectively, we will be higher. And that isn’t a that-tribe-versus-that-tribe challenge. That could be a neighborhood challenge in Anchorage, and this second is a chance for us to maneuver by this to a greater place.”

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HONOLULU — Hawaii authorities arrested two folks from California for submitting pretend COVID-19 take a look at outcomes to keep away from a compulsory traveler quarantine meant to curb the virus’ unfold within the islands.

A 34-year-old man and a 33-year-old lady uploaded falsified unfavorable take a look at outcomes into the Hawaii Protected Travels portal and arrived in Lihue on an American Airways flight from Los Angeles earlier this week, Kauai police mentioned.

After they have been arrested, they have been launched pending investigation and caught a flight again to Los Angeles.

They couldn’t instantly be reached for remark Friday.

Vacationers coming into Hawaii should quarantine for 10 days except they’ve been totally vaccinated in america or take a look at unfavorable for COVID-19 earlier than departing for the islands.

Hawaii authorities have been arresting individuals who violate journey guidelines, together with a girl from Illinois investigators mentioned uploaded a pretend vaccination card that misspelled Moderna as “Maderna.”

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WASHINGTON — U.S. well being officers are getting ready to think about extra COVID-19 vaccine boosters for adults and the primary vaccine pictures for youngsters youthful than 12.

The Meals and Drug Administration mentioned its panel of outdoor vaccine consultants will meet Oct. 14 and 15 to think about whether or not to suggest booster doses for adults who obtained the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The FDA will not be required to comply with the panel’s recommendation, although it typically does.

If the FDA authorizes third doses of the vaccines a separate panel of advisers to Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention will make particular suggestions on who ought to get them.

The FDA and CDC signed off on booster pictures of Pfizer’s vaccine final month for key Individuals who face increased dangers from COVID-19.

Moreover, the panel will hear shows on the security and effectiveness of blending completely different vaccine manufacturers when giving booster pictures.

The FDA additionally set an Oct. 26 panel assembly to think about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for youngsters 5 to 11 years previous. Presently the vaccine is permitted for youngsters 12 and older.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ailing. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s workplace says greater than $443 million in emergency rental help has been paid on behalf of 49,100 state households by the Illinois Rental Fee Program.

It gives as much as $25,000 in emergency rental help to cowl as much as 12 months of overdue lease and as much as three months of future lease funds for tenants struggling a monetary hardship associated to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are made on to the owner on behalf of the tenant, however provided that the owner doesn’t pursue eviction.

“Having a roof over your head is the muse of a thriving life,” Pritzker mentioned Friday in a launch, “and Illinois is fiercely combatting the pandemic’s destabilizing results on that basis by holding our residents on their ft.”

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SAN FRANCISCO — California has introduced the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine mandate for college youngsters.

Gov. Gavin Newsom says the mandate gained’t take impact till the COVID-19 vaccine has obtained closing approval from the U.S. authorities for numerous grade ranges.

The federal government has given closing approval for the vaccine for anybody 16 and older. As soon as closing approval comes for anybody 12 and older, the state will mandate vaccines for college students in seventh by twelfth grades.

The state will mandate the vaccine in kindergarten by sixth grades as soon as the federal authorities offers closing approval for anybody 5 and older.

The state’s vaccine mandate would take impact the semester after the federal authorities grants closing approval. If it is available in January, then the mandate would take impact in July.

College students can be granted spiritual and medical exemptions, however the guidelines for the way the state would apply these exemptions haven’t been written but.

In August, California grew to become the primary state within the U.S. to require all academics and workers in Ok-12 private and non-private colleges to get vaccinated or bear weekly COVID-19 testing. Newsom additionally issued a college masks mandate this summer time for indoor courses that applies to all academics and college students.

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NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s largest well being system is ratcheting up strain to get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. The Occasions-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reviews Ochsner Well being informed workers it should cost a month-to-month premium of $200 if a partner or home companion lined beneath an Ochsner well being plan will not be vaccinated. Ochsner has beforehand set an Oct. 29 deadline for all workers to be vaccinated.

President and CEO Warner Thomas says the surcharge is a part of an effort to maintain well being premiums low for workers. As a self-insured group, Ochsner bears the price of COVID-19 therapy for sufferers who’re on its insurance coverage plan.

“We spent greater than $9 million on COVID care for individuals who are lined on our well being plans during the last 12 months,” Thomas informed The Occasions-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate in an emailed assertion, which included intensive affected person care.

Thomas says the surcharge doesn’t quantity to a mandate as a result of workers’ spouses and companions can select different insurance coverage protection. The spouses and companions may also apply for an exemption on medical or spiritual grounds.

Greater than 2.1 million folks in Louisiana are totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, about 45% of the state’s inhabitants, based on well being division knowledge.

The state reported 872 coronavirus circumstances and 49 confirmed deaths on Thursday. Louisiana has registered a complete of 740,533 circumstances and 13,949 deaths.

(This merchandise has been corrected to point out Louisiana has totally vaccinated 45% of inhabitants, not 56%.)

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ROME — Some 1,100 docs and dentists in Italy are at the moment suspended as a result of they haven’t been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.

The Nationwide Federation of Docs President Filippo Anelli pressured Friday that those that aren’t vaccinated are a minority of the federation’s 460,000 members (lower than 1%) and indicated “many are at the moment correcting their standing” by vaccination.

The federation says some 290 others had their suspension lifted as a result of they obtained vaccinated. Anelli mentioned in a press release about 500 docs who appealed their suspensions are nonetheless allowed to follow till a closing resolution is reached.

The federation’s site lists the names of 363 docs or dentists who’ve died of COVID-19.

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WASHINGTON — Biden administration officers say a brand new tablet that would present a neater, efficient approach to deal with COVID 19 is nice information, whereas including vaccination stays the important thing to controlling the pandemic.

Officers at drugmaker Merck say they’ll quickly search regulatory approval for the experimental tablet, which decreased hospitalizations and deaths by half in folks not too long ago contaminated with the coronavirus.

Dr. Anthony Fauci calls it “superb information” and Merck’s knowledge on its drugs “spectacular.”

White Home coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients says vaccination will stay the federal government’s most important technique for controlling the pandemic.

“We wish to forestall infections, not simply wait to deal with them once they occur,” says Zients on the briefing on Friday.

If it’s accredited by the Meals and Drug Administration, the federal government has contracted to purchase 1.7 million doses of Merck’s medicine.

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NEW DELHI — India says arrivals from Britain can be subjected to COVID-19 checks and a 10-day quarantine, in response to the identical measures imposed on Indians visiting the U.Ok.

India has been demanding that Britain revoke what it calls a discriminatory advisory that features Indians, even when they’re totally vaccinated with the Indian-made AstraZeneca pictures.

India’s exterior affairs minister S. Jaishankar mentioned the difficulty with the British international secretary Liz Truss in New York this week. India was irked that whereas the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been acknowledged by Britain, its model produced by Serum Institute of India has been excluded.

Beginning Monday, all British arrivals, regardless of their vaccination standing, should undertake PRC checks inside 72 hours earlier than journey and once more after journey.

India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, mentioned this week it should resume exports and donations of surplus coronavirus vaccines in October after an extended freeze due to the huge surge in home infections final spring.