Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

The Arkansas Department of Health is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 daily.

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Region 8 COVID-19 death toll

  States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

EU says US stand on patent virus waiver is no ‘magic bullet’

  EU agrees to potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab

  Arkansas to drop out of federal supplemental unemployment program, officials say

  NYC still storing COVID-19 victims in refrigerated trucks

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  WHO panel OKs emergency use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine

  Pfizer aims for full FDA approval of vaccine

  Pressure rises for India lockdown; COVID surge breaks record again

Scheduled vaccine clinic at Mark Twain National Forest canceled

  Some restaurant owners claim they’re having trouble finding workers during the pandemic

  Support grows for IP waiver on virus vaccines; snags remain

  Moderna: Vaccine boosters likely needed every 9-12 months

Moderna says vaccine recipients will likely need a booster for new variants.

CDC sets rules for trial cruises with volunteer passengers

Cruise lines can soon begin trial voyages in U.S. waters.

  Canada authorizes Pfizer vaccine for age 12 and older

Canada is the first country to authorize Pfizer for ages 12 to 15. The U.S. and the European Union are also reviewing it.

Elderly woman dies from COVID-19 in Nebraska, despite being vaccinated

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, a woman in her 80s with underlying medical conditions developed COVID-19 and was hospitalized more than 14 days after completing a vaccination series with the Pfizer vaccine.

  What COVID-era travel changes are likely here to stay?

Vaccinate Region 8: Where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine

  ‘GetVax’: Text for locations to get COVID vaccine

  COVID’s US toll projected to drop sharply by the end of July

Parson directs state workers to go back to the office

  Are Biden’s COVID vaccination goals doable?

  GOV: “In 90 days, we want 50% of Arkansans to be vaccinated.”

To reach the goal, 20.9% of those in Craighead need to get vaccinated. The number is even greater in other Region 8 counties.

  Pfizer expects to file for full FDA approval of its COVID vaccine in May

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine currently has emergency authorization for use from the FDA.

  Family claims flight home denied after son with autism couldn’t wear mask

The family says they had to drive home in a rental car. What should have been an hourlong plane ride turned into a nearly six-hour drive.

  FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for young adults age 12 and older by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

  COVID-19 restrictions easing in US and Europe amid disaster in India

In the U.S., the average number of new cases per day fell below 50,000 for the first time since October, and nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday.

  Germany cancels Oktoberfest for 2nd year over virus fears

Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder said it was with “heavy hearts” that they decided to call off the festival.

  Restaurant survival hopes pick up as $28.6B in grants begin

Thousands of restaurants and bars decimated by the COVID-19 outbreak have a better chance at survival as the government begins handing out $28.6 billion in grants — money to help these small businesses stay afloat while they wait for customers to return.

  US to launch trade talks on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Two White House officials say the U.S. trade representative will begin talks in the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping poorer countries from making their own generic version of critically needed COVID-19 vaccines.

Arkansas session marked by culture wars, coronavirus fights

The Arkansas Legislature has wrapped up a 108-day session that was dominated by culture war issues and the coronavirus pandemic, but lawmakers took up a long list of other items as well.

  India launches effort to inoculate all adults against COVID

India has opened vaccinations to all adults in hopes of taming a monstrous spike in COVID-19 infections.

  Hospital fire kills 18 virus patients as India steps up jabs

A fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in western India has killed 18 patients as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet steps up a vaccination drive for all its adults even though some states say don’t have enough jabs.

  US to restrict travel from India over COVID starting Tuesday

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden’s administration made the determination on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  TSA extends mask mandate on planes to September

The rule was set to expire May 11 but will now run through Sept. 13.

  Number of Americans fully vaccinated tops 100 million

The reopening and similar steps elsewhere around the country reflect increasing optimism as COVID-19 deaths tumble and the ranks of the vaccinated grow.

  Disneyland reopens as California emerges from virus depths

Disneyland is reopening after a 13-month closure.

  Dr. Fauci: Be sure to get 2nd dose of vaccines

Dr. Anthony Fauci says it's important for those getting one of the two-dose vaccines to complete their course to gain maximum protection against the virus.

  US officials: Anxiety drove vaccine reactions in 5 states

The CDC found that about a quarter of the people reporting side effects had similar things happen following past vaccinations.

  Why vaccine hesitancy in young adults matters

A poll released Thursday found 31 percent of adults under the age of 35 don’t plan on getting vaccinated.

  NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

Several Northeast Arkansas school districts continue to report positive COVID-19 cases among their students and faculty.

Arkansas governor OKs ban on local, state mask mandates

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law legislation that bans state or local mask mandates for preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

  Free rides, beer and savings bonds: Vaccinators get creative

Public health officials say the efforts are crucial to reach people who haven’t been vaccinated yet.

  Moderna ups COVID vaccine production

The drugmaker says it wants to produce up to a billion doses in 2021.

  Graphic: Indians turn to black market, unproven drugs as virus surges

As India faces a devastating surge of new coronavirus infections overwhelming its health care system, people are taking desperate measures to try to keep loved ones alive.

  Report: Cruises could resume sailing in mid-July

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said eliminating risk on cruises isn’t possible, so the idea is to mitigate it with a blend of testing, quarantine and vaccination.

  Summer food program will benefit kids in Arkansas

More cash is coming to students to fight food insecurity this summer. The Biden Administration is set to launch the largest summer food program in U.S. history.

Arkansas governor signs bills banning vaccine requirements

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law measures preventing state and local governments from requiring the coronavirus vaccine or proof of vaccination in order to access services.

  EU to hold hearing in case against AstraZeneca

The European Commission says it’s taking the British-Swedish firm to court for failing to respect the vaccine delivery commitments in its contract with the 27-nation bloc.

  Kansas City pub gives out shots (vaccines, that is)

This week the Bier Station in Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood brewed up a COVID vaccination event after more than 1,000 doses became available.

  AP analysis: The expected COVID baby boom may be a baby bust

Births have fallen dramatically in many states during the coronavirus outbreak, according to an Associated Press analysis of preliminary data from half the country.

  Private school warns teachers against COVID-19 vaccines in Fla.

In a letter sent to students’ parents, the school discourages teachers and staff from getting the COVID-19 vaccines or to wait until the end of the school year.

  CDC says many Americans can now go outside without a mask

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the updated guidance Tuesday in yet another carefully calibrated step on the road back to normal from the coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 570,000 people in U.S.

  Tennessee governor says COVID-19 no longer statewide public health crisis

Speaking Tuesday, Lee announced a new executive order ending statewide public health orders. It also ends the local authority on mask mandates in 89 counties, not including Shelby County.

  GOV: “Supply is not a problem, just more people need to get them.”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson updates the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

  ‘More normal lifestyle’ coming for the vaccinated, HHS chief says

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra says people who are vaccinated against COVID will be able to go back to a more normal life.

  Harry and Meghan to lead ‘Vax Live’ fundraising concert

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will appear at “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World.”

  1st grader from Minnesota dies of COVID-19 complications

Minnesota health officials have reported an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations of children, as the more contagious B117 variant spreads throughout the state.

  California man hospitalized with clot after J&J vaccination

Federal officials lifted an 11-day pause on use of the single-shot vaccine Friday, saying the benefits outweighed the risks.

Arkansas resumes Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccinations

Arkansas has resumed using the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine after federal officials gave the green light to use it again.

  Pennsylvania elementary school coronavirus outbreak may be due to faulty ventilation system

An investigation is underway to see if a faulty ventilation system is to blame for a COVID-19 outbreak at an elementary school in Pennsylvania.

  Continental Europe could allow US tourists back this summer

EU officials said Monday they are completing plans to allow Americans back this summer, depending on the course of the outbreak on both sides of the Atlantic.

COVID-19 utility non-payment disconnection moratorium ends soon

A couple of important dates are approaching fast, so if you are in need of utility assistance you may want to pay close attention.

J&J COVID-19 vaccine resumes in Missouri

Cape Girardeau County Health Department Director Jane Wernsman said since the vaccine pause has been lifted, they’ve got doses available, if requested.

  CDC issues new COVID-19 guidelines for summer camps

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new guidelines for what summer camps should look like this year.

  EU launches legal action against vaccine-maker AstraZeneca

The AstraZeneca vaccine has been central to Europe’s immunization campaign, and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

Some women experiencing changes to menstrual cycle after getting vaccine

Some women are experiencing changes to their menstrual cycle after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Doctors are unsure if it's linked together.

  Spanish man charged with infecting 22 people with COVID-19

He has been charged with intentionally causing injury after allegedly infecting at least five coworkers and three people at the gym, who then infected their family members.

New virus vaccine doses declined by 17 Arkansas counties

Additional first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccine will not be sent to 17 Arkansas counties next week, only second doses.

  With OK from experts, some states resume use of J&J vaccine

Among the other states ordering or recommending a resumption, along with Indiana, were New York, Virginia, Missouri and Michigan.

  Jonesboro High School students host vaccine clinic

The ladies in the ‘Women in STEM’ club at Jonesboro High School put in a lot of work to get a vaccination clinic together. They said they did it to be a step closer to getting back to a normal high school life.

  From scarcity to abundance: US faces calls to share vaccines

This stark access gap is prompting increased calls across the world for the U.S. to start shipping vaccine supplies to poorer countries.

  Walmart customer accused of attacking teenaged employee over mask policy

Walmart has required customers to wear masks at all stores since July.

  US drop in vaccine demand has some places turning down doses

Demand for the coronavirus vaccine has fallen off in some places around the United States to the point where some counties are turning down new shipments of doses.

  US to resume J&J COVID vaccinations despite rare clot risk

Federal health officials uncovered 15 vaccine recipients who developed a highly unusual kind of blood clot, out of nearly 8 million people given the J&J shot. All were women, most under age 50. Three died, and seven remain hospitalized.

Butler County vaccination clinic taking walk-ins

Their goal is to try to get everyone in the county vaccinated.

  COVID vaccines recommended for pregnant women

Agency Director Rochelle Walensky noted that a CDC study published this week found no safety concerns with Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations given during the third trimester of pregnancy.

Arkansas mom claims she was fired for refusing COVID-19 vaccine

A mother of five claims she was fired from her job for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

  CDC investigating Oregon woman’s death after J&J vaccine

Oregon health authorities say federal officials are investigating the death of a woman in her 50s who developed a blood clot and low platelets within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

  COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens

The drop-off in severe cases among Americans 65 and older is especially encouraging because senior citizens have accounted for about 8 out of 10 deaths from the virus since it hit the U.S., where the toll stands at about 570,000.