Get Vaccinated or Mask And Social Distance

The CNN Health’s Madeline Holcombe writes, citing medical experts, “With Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations increasing in communities with low vaccination rates, Americans face a choice: get vaccinated or continue dealing with the impacts of the pandemic.”

We can’t have it both ways; we can’t be both unmasked and non-socially distant and unvaccinated. That won’t work.

Dr. Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University (source: CNN)

Dr. Reiner added “We have to pick sides and the side is we need to be vaccinated. We have the tools to put this down – we can put it down this summer – but the way to do that is vaccination.”

Frank Scott Jr., Mayor of Little Rock Arkansas, told CNN that as a Black man, he was skeptical of getting a vaccine, but now wants to lead the way to ensure all residents get the shot. According to CDC data, only 35% of people are vaccinated, one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.

“It’s serious and we should not have to allow someone to die for us to really believe the research and science. What we continue to do is go by data driven policies and research and all that we do in our administration, and this is just another way to continue to do that because, again, this saves lives,” Mayor Scott told CNN.

Cases Surging in 45 States

In CNN, Holly Yan and Madeline Holcombe write, citing data from Johns Hopkins University, that in more than 45 states new cases increased by 10% in the last week, where as in 35 states new cases were higher than 50% than the previous week. Maine, South Dakota and Iowa — are the three states that are seeing 10% to 50% decreases in cases.

In Missouri, where the vaccination rate is one of the lowest in the country, is also observing one of the worst outbreaks of the Delta variant with younger people getting hospitalized. According to Dr. Howard Jarvis, a Springfield (Missouri) emergency physician, he’s seeing Covid-19 patients that are younger than ever and none of them have been vaccinated.

“Earlier in the pandemic, and certainly before we had vaccinations, we were seeing a much older patient population in the emergency department and getting admitted to the hospital,” Dr Jarvis told CNN. “In recent weeks, we’ve been seeing a much younger population. We’re seeing a lot of people in their 30s, 40s, early 50s. We’re seeing some teenagers and some pediatric patients as well.”

“I did the research and understood the facts. It’s serious, and we should not have to allow someone to die for us to really believe the research and science,” Little Rock mayor told CNN.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of July 13, 9 a.m.) 387,241,530 doses have been distributed and 334,942,236 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of July 11) a total of 5,786,020 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of July 13) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 606,870 (out of 10,440,027 tested) with 7,627 deaths.