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►The party celebrated in Tuscaloosa after Alabama football’s national championship victory on Monday night despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of those celebrating screaming and cheering as they pressed against each other in the streets did not wear face masks. The scene was exactly what officials feared before the fight, as they urged people to look at the home and celebrate in private, the Associated Press said.
►The U.S. government is asking states to expedite COVID-19 vaccinations for people over the age of 65 and others at risk instead of withholding vaccines for another dose.
► Disneyland Resort in Anaheim will soon be transformed into a mass vaccination site for coronavirus for Southern California residents, Orange County officials said Monday.
►1 million California health workers, nursing homes and staff will receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the week, Gavin Newsom promised on Monday. The state is struggling with an increase that is overwhelmingly hospitals and forcing them into ration care and beds, leading to the latest bleak marker of 30,000 deaths.
► Supreme Court John Roberts has received his two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Supreme Court told CNN on Monday.
► Several gorillas in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for coronavirus in what are thought to be the first cases among such primates in captivity. The park’s CEO, Lisa Peterson, said Monday that eight gorillas living together in the park are believed to have the virus, and several have coughed.
► Indiana is the latest state to report its first case of a more contagious COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom, bumping the total number of states that have identified the strain to 10.
📈 Today’s figures: The United States has more than 22.6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 376,000 according to Johns Hopkins University data. Total sums: More than 90 million cases and 1.9 million deaths.
📘 What we read: Millions of Americans with intellectual disabilities are at ‘particularly high risk’ for COVID-19. They are still waiting for vaccinations.
The Trump administration must ask states to speed up vaccinations
The Trump administration is expected to deliver new guidelines Tuesday that aim to speed up vaccine rollout for people over the age of 65 and others at risk instead of holding back vaccines for another dose. Federal officials have withheld enough vaccine doses to guarantee booster shots to anyone who received the first dose.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was now time to move “to the next phase of the vaccine program” and expand the pool of those eligible to receive the first dose. It also means expanding the number of places where people can be vaccinated by adding health centers and additional pharmacies.
“We now believe that our production is predictable enough to ensure that there are other doses available to people from ongoing production,” Azar told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “So everything is now available to our states and our health care providers.” Read more here.
Several lawmakers testing positive for coronavirus after Capitol riots
Several lawmakers have said they tested positive for coronavirus after the Capitol uprising. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Said on January 12 that she tested positive for COVID-19 after hiding in a secure room with other lawmakers on January 6.
“I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked inside a secured room at the Capitol, where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask, but also ruthlessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one. “Jayapal wrote on Twitter.
On Sunday, the attending physician told Congress that elected officials and their staff were potentially exposed to someone infected with COVID-19 while the U.S. Capitol was locked down during an armed attack by pro-Trump rebels. Several representatives have announced that they have tested positive.
Hospitals face COVID-19 increases, staff shortages and rising deaths
Over the past week, the record 22,676 people died of COVID-19, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. There are more Americans dying every day than the 2,977 victims on September 11, 2001.
Four states with the largest proportion of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients – California, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia – are struggling to keep up with the unprecedented wave.
In Los Angeles, public hospitals are preparing to switch to emergency mode, and the county has instructed ambulances not to send patients to congested hospitals if they cannot be resuscitated in the field. More than two dozen hospitals in Georgia have no available beds in intensive care units, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
While public health officials are optimistic, vaccination will provide a glimmer of hope in the spring, but there is no respite for doctors and nurses in congested emergency rooms and intensive care units.
– Ken Alltucker
Gets big: US delivers shots at stadiums and amusement park
The United States is entering the second month of the largest vaccination drive in history with a major expansion of the campaign, opening football stadiums, major league ball parks, amusement parks and convention centers to inoculate a larger and more diverse pool of people.
After a frustratingly slow rollout, involving primarily health care and nursing homes, states move on to the next phase before the first is completed, making COVID-19 shots available to groups such as senior citizens, teachers, bus drivers, police officers and firefighters.
Everywhere in the US, where the outbreak has entered its deadliest phase yet and the death toll has risen to around 375,000, politicians and health officials have complained in the last few days that too many shots were left unused on the shelves because of everything for rigid compliance with the federal guidelines, which estimate 24 million health care workers and nursing home residents in front of the line.
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim will be one of the sites capable of vaccinating thousands of Southern California residents, Orange County officials said Monday.
More than 75% of patients still had symptoms 6 months later, the study shows
A Chinese study published Friday in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet found that more than 75% of COVID-19 patients reported symptoms six months after discharge from the hospital.
In what the British Journal said was the largest study to date of so-called “COVID-19 long pullers”, researchers looked at 1,733 patients from Jin Yin-tan Hospital in Wuhan, China, where coronavirus originated last year.
More than 60% of patients reported fatigue and muscle weakness, approx. 25% reported sleep problems and hair loss, and 23% reported anxiety and depression.
Contribution: Associated Press
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