Covid Pandemic – Closer to The End Point

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Quoting federal health officials, Star Tribune writes that the U.S. is moving closer to the point that COVID-19.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reportedly told during White House briefing that “the government is contemplating a change to its mask guidance in the coming weeks. Noting recent declines in COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions and deaths, she acknowledged ‘people are so eager‘ for health officials to ease masking rules and other measures designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

We all share the same goal – to get to a point where COVID-19 is no longer disrupting our daily lives, a time when it won’t be a constant crisis – rather something we can prevent, protect against, and treat.

– Dr Rochelle Walensky, Director of CDC at a White House Briefing (source: Star Tribune)

According to the CNN, Covid-19 daily case rates are plunging to one-sixth the record high reached a month ago, however still thousands of people are also dying daily from Covid related illness.

Now, people also do self-test using at-home kits send by the federal government and they don’t report to the agencies, the current new case data are not reliable.

Referring to data from Johns Hopkins University, Star Tribune writes “COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have fallen sharply in the U.S., with the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases dropping from about 453,000 two weeks ago to about 136,000 as of Tuesday (Feb 15). Hospitalizations are at levels similar to September, when the U.S. was emerging from the delta variant surge. Almost 65% of Americans are fully vaccinated.”

“As a result of all this progress and the tools we now have, we are moving to a time where COVID isn’t a crisis but is something we can protect against and treat.”

– Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator (source: Star Tribune)

Dr. Walensky reported added “the CDC will soon put guidance in place that is relevant and encourages prevention measures when they are most needed to protect public health and our hospitals.” She suggested “any changes will take into account measures of community transmission, as well as hospitalization rates or other gauges of whether infected people are becoming severely ill. They also would consider available bed space in hospitals.”

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of February 15, 9 a.m.) 677,198,225 doses have been distributed and 547,948,656 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Feb 14) a total of 9,347,480 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of February 16) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,400,624 (out of 18,497,775 tested) with 11,903 deaths.