Coronavirus Updates: Concern over growing number of pediatric cases

NEW YORK (WABC) — There are new concerns about the rise in new cases of coronavirus among children.

Last week, the United States reported nearly 252,000 cases of COVID-19 in children.

That is the largest number of pediatric cases in a week since the start of the pandemic.

Here are more of today’s COVID-19 headlines:

Hochul launches campaign to vaccinate New York students
Governor Kathy Hochul announced the launch of the multi-faceted #VaxtoSchool statewide campaign to support increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates among school-age New Yorkers. As part of this campaign, the governor announced a new dedicated website at that provides resources and materials for parents and guardians of school-age New Yorkers and school communities. The new site includes information, a FAQ for parents and guardians, and materials for school leaders to support #VaxtoSchool education in their local communities.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade welcomes spectators again this year
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will welcome spectators again this year, after the coronavirus pandemic forced a television-only version last year. The 95th Annual Holiday Tradition will take place on the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, November 25 at 9:00 a.m.

“We are excited to welcome back the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in its full form, a world-renowned celebration that ushers in the magic of being in New York City during the holiday season,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The parade organizers are working with the city and state to ensure health and safety practices are consistent with current CDC guidelines, as well as local and state government protocols.

NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos admitted to IC with COVID-19
Former Lakers player and NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos announced on Tuesday that he has been in the hospital for more than a week with COVID-19.

“On my 10th day in ICU, COVID-19 is officially kicking my butt, but I ask ALL family, friends, prayer warriors healers for your prayers and wish my recovery well,” Ceballos said on Twitter.

Restaurants have reopened, but workers haven’t come back
When COVID-19 hit the US and went into government restrictions — closing indoor restaurants in much of the country — millions of restaurant workers were left out of a job. But with restaurants reopening and people eating out again, owners face another challenge: Their employees haven’t returned.

Doctor takes to social media to push for COVID vaccinations
As COVID cases continue to rise in the US due to the Delta variant, an Iowa doctor took to social media to push for vaccinations.

He started by saying, “I feel like I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t say anything.”
Lance VanGundy is the ER medical director and an ER physician at Unitypoint Health in Marshalltown, Iowa. He further warns against the spread of misinformation about the virus and vaccines.

Nipah virus kills 12-year-old boy in Indian state already on high alert for COVID-19
The South Indian state of Kerala is quickly stepping up its efforts to stop a potential outbreak of the deadly Nipah virus, even as the state continues to battle the country’s highest number of coronavirus cases.

Kerala is on high alert after a 12-year-old boy died on Sunday from the rare virus, prompting health officials to initiate contact tracing and isolate hundreds of people who came into contact with the boy, who died at a seaside hospital. city ​​of Kozhikode.

NY strengthens workplace protection against COVID
New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced Monday that the Health Commissioner has designated COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease that poses a serious risk of harm to public health under New York State’s HERO Act. As a result, all employers will now be required to adopt workplace safety plans in response to the pandemic. Employers can adopt a model safety plan as prepared by the New York State Department of Labor, or develop their own safety plan in accordance with HERO Act standards. “As we continue to increase our vaccination rates, the battle against the Delta variant is not over and we must do everything we can to protect our employees,” Hochul said. “This designation will ensure safeguards are in place to keep our employees safe and support our efforts to fight the virus and promote health and safety.”

Booster shots for public can start later than planned
Vaccine booster shots for the general public may start later than initially planned. That’s because while a booster shot for the Pfizer vaccine has been approved, the FDA is still reviewing data on a booster for the Moderna injections. One concern is how strong the dose should be. The goal was to start booster shots in less than 3 weeks on September 20.

Already vaccinated against COVID? Experts say you’re protected
Health experts reinforce the point that full vaccination remains highly effective against serious illness and death caused by COVID-19 as federal regulators consider the possibility of allowing a third dose in the coming weeks. “What is the purpose of this vaccine? The stated purpose of (CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky) and others is to prevent serious infection, and all of the data published today by the CDC and presented by the CDC is accurate. that done, “Dr. Paul Offit, a top vaccine expert and advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said Friday. “There is no evidence of apparent erosion of protection against serious diseases,” he said. The talk about vaccines fluctuates as health experts receive new information about the coronavirus and its variants. But amid the debate, experts are consistent in noting the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines.


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