Greater than 97,000 sufferers stay hospitalized with the virus — a far cry from the nation’s peak of greater than 132,400 on January 6. The final time this quantity fell under 100,000 was December 1.
“Proper now it is the worst of potential worlds. It is the winter. It is getting chilly out, individuals are collectively extra, there’s nonetheless a important variety of individuals in america who do not put on masks, who do not social distance,” Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee, informed CNN Saturday. “I believe the subsequent six weeks or two months are going to be tough. I believe we might have one other 100,000, 150,000 deaths.”
29.5 million doses administered
However there’s good motive for hope.
Hindered by weeks-long allocation and distribution issues, the numbers are decrease than the place consultants as soon as hoped the US can be by now. However well being and state officers hope vaccinations will ramp up within the coming months.
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s workplace mentioned Saturday morning the state had administered 91% of the primary vaccine doses it acquired from the federal authorities and urged for extra provide.
“New York’s huge distribution community is able to dealing with greater than 100,000 vaccinations per day, however to truly do it, we want extra doses from the federal authorities,” Cuomo mentioned in an announcement.
The governor beforehand introduced the state will obtain 16% extra doses for the subsequent three weeks. In his Saturday assertion, Cuomo mentioned that whereas the bump is a “welcome enhance, the truth is that we merely want extra provide.”
In Washington state, well being officers introduced greater than 10,000 individuals had been vaccinated on the state’s mass vaccination websites with the assistance of the state’s Nationwide Guard and different companions.
“The purpose of mass vaccination websites is to extend entry to vaccine throughout the state, guarantee our plans are equitable, and shield these most in danger,” an announcement from Washington state’s well being division mentioned.
Transit authorities implement CDC steerage
In the meantime, an order issued by the CDC requiring individuals to put on masks whereas utilizing any type of public transportation within the US will go into impact Monday evening.
The company mentioned public transportation operators should use finest efforts to implement the mandate, together with solely boarding these sporting masks and disembarking passengers who refuse to conform.
Transit authorities throughout a number of main US cities and states — together with New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta — informed CNN they’re already in compliance.
In Washington, DC, the Washington Metropolitan Space Transit Authority informed CNN “face coverings have been required on Metro since Could.”
“We welcome any coverage that additional promotes compliance on Metro and in all public areas to fight the unfold of the virus, and welcome the power of TSA and different federal authorities to implement this mandate when acceptable,” a spokesperson mentioned.
In California, a Bay Space Speedy Transit spokesperson mentioned the Bay Space’s public transportation system has had a face masking mandate in place since April.
And in Atlanta, a spokesperson mentioned the Metropolitan Atlanta Speedy Transit Authority started requiring masks in July.
Attempting to know extra in regards to the virus
And now greater than a 12 months for the reason that world first realized in regards to the virus, a group of World Well being Group investigators inspecting the origins of the pandemic will head to a seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, China, on Sunday — the market that is believed to be the place the primary Covid-19 infections have been detected.
The group of consultants have been launched from a two-week quarantine on Thursday, one member informed CNN.
CNN’s Alta Spells, Sandi Sidhu, Lauren Mascarenhas, Laura Ly, Amanda Watts and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.