|Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)|
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update
- The Capitol’s chief physician is considering a new mask recommendation in the Capitol Building due to the Delta variant.
White House and Federal Agencies
- HHS is investing more than $1.6 billion toward COVID-19 testing and mitigation in vulnerable communities.
- $100 million will be allocated to expand testing and contact tracing for those with mental and substance use disorders
- $630 million will be allocated to people living in shelters, including $80 million for the homeless, and $550 million for survivors of domestic violence and those in tribal shelters.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs is requiring its frontline healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
- The U.S. is indefinitely maintaining its travel restrictions due to rising case numbers.
- President Biden announced that long-term COVID-19 symptoms can qualify as a disability for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act after an individual assessment.
Economy, Vaccine, Testing and Treatment
- The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) announced Thursday that the benefits of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the risks of rare but serious sick effects.
- On the topic of booster shots, the council deferred to the FDA’s judgment.
- Pfizer announced it will supply the U.S. with another 200 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine through next April in a push to protect kids and potentially provide boosters.
- 65 million of these vaccines will be tailored for the younger population in anticipation of the vaccine being approved for children under twelve.
- New data suggests the country is experiencing it’s fifth wave of COVID-19, propelled by the Delta Variant- and its growing faster than the first two waves from the spring and summer of 2020
- COVID-19 cases are increasing in all 50 states and D.C., with the seven day average of new infections up 65 percent compared to the previous week.
- CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said there has been no change to the agency’s masking guidance amid increasing cases and the spread of the Delta variant.
- NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said the CDC is considering revising their COVID-19 guidelines to recommend that even fully vaccinated Americans wear masks in public.
- Director Fauci warned that the U.S. is headed in “the wrong direction” with rising case numbers.
- Director Fauci said yesterday on CNN that federal health officials may suggest booster shots for those with compromised immune systems.
- The WHO outlined a plan for a second investigation into the origins of the virus, following up on a January WHO investigation hampered by Chinese authorities. China opposes this investigation.
- The CDC announced a record low number of influenza cases in the U.S. during the 2020-2021 Flu season.
- Less than 1 percent of more than 1.1. Samples obtained from patients with Flu-like symptoms tested positive for the Flu.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates
- Overall US COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Administration Update as of Mon, 26 Jul 2021 06:00:00 EST
- Cases in the U.S.
- COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country
- When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated
- How to Protect Yourself & Others
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
- Healthcare Facilities That Have Implemented COVID-19 Electronic Case Reporting
- Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education
- Changes in Influenza and Other Respiratory Virus Activity During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, 2020–2021