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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

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07/27/2021

Congress

  • 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