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Shots For Kids, Brazilian President Under Fire, Ohio School Fares, More – Coronavirus Timeline October 23-29


CLEVELAND, Ohio – From shots for the kids to Brazilian president under fire for allegedly mismanaging the pandemic, vaccine news and more, here is our regular summary of the coronavirus facts, figures and figures regarding Cleveland, Ohio, US and the world Oct 23-29, followed by our quotes for the week:

23 october

There are 2,672 Covid patients in Ohio hospitals, according to data from the Ohio Hospital Association. That’s a decrease of 372 in one week.

24 october

Reuters says the latest Covid outbreak in China is likely to spread, a health official said, as authorities urge all regions to step up surveillance and called for reduced travel across provinces.

25 october

The Ohio Department of Health announces quarantine guidelines called Masks to Stay and Tests to Play, allowing children exposed to the virus to stay in school unless they start to experience symptoms or test positive . Directives are not orders. Each school district can decide to adopt them.

October 26

The United States has taken another step towards extending Covid vaccinations to millions more as government advisers approved doses of Pfizer for children 5 to 11 years old. … Moderna says it will make up to 110 million doses of its vaccine available to African countries, in what local officials have called a breakthrough on the world’s least vaccinated continent.

October 27

Ohio has 3,839 cases. … After a six-month investigation, a Brazilian senatorial commission recommends the president Jair Bolsonaro (pictured above, lower right) face a slew of criminal indictments for actions and omissions linked to the world’s second-highest Covid death toll. Bolsonaro is accused of inciting an epidemic that results in death, violation of health protocols, charlatanism, falsification of private documents, improper use of public funds, crimes against humanity, violation of social rights and breach of presidential decorum. More than 600,000 people have died from Covid in Brazil.

October 28

A measure of the coronavirus transmission rate – cases per 100,000 population – continues to decline, to 359.1 from 419.2 last week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says rates above 100 cases per 100,000 mean a community has high transmission. … Columbus City Schools reports highest number of new Covid cases among students and staff in the latest weekly update from the Ohio Department of Health. The state’s largest school district is reporting a total of 80 new cases – 61 among students, 19 among staff. This is the first time in three weeks that the district reporting the most infections has reported fewer than 100. Three districts in northeastern Ohio are on this week’s list – Wadsworth, Hudson and Akron . … CNN reports that a vaccine may soon be available for small children and public health officials say their immunizations could help end the pandemic. But a survey released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates that the majority of parents say they won’t get their young children immunized right away. Some 28 million children are believed to be eligible for the vaccine. The survey found that among parents of children aged 5 to 11, only 27% said they would vaccinate their children against the virus as soon as a vaccine was available. … Members of the New York City fire department have protested the city’s impending vaccine mandate as officials brace for possible massive staff shortages. City workers have until 5 p.m. today to prove they have received at least one dose of the vaccine or are going on unpaid leave.

29 october

The Philippines Department of Health reports 4,043 new infections, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 2,779,943… Malaysia reportedly intends to purchase Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children, after US experts recommended that the vaccine can be given to people aged 5 to 11 years. … South Korea says it will drop all restrictions on restaurant opening hours and implement its first vaccination passport for high-risk places such as gyms, saunas and bars. The first month-long phase is expected to come into effect on Monday.

Quotes of the week

• “There is a Walgreens on every corner. Everywhere you go they have everything you need. Rum. Coffee. You get your fireworks and then you go get your shot. Rafael Irizzary, professor of biostatistics at the TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard, joking to provide an update on vaccinations in Puerto Rico. Irizzary, a member of a science coalition advising the government of Puerto Rico on the pandemic, jokingly attributed the island’s high vaccination rate to the proliferation of drugstore chains on the island. It has the highest vaccination rates of any state in the United States, having fully vaccinated more than 73% of its 3.3 million people, according to CDC statistics.

• “A ride or a treat is definitely something we can do safely when we are outside. It really is the perfect time to allow them to have some normalcy in their life. – Dr Claudia Hoven, director of pediatric infection control at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, at a Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals press briefing this week.

We compile our coronavirus timeline from cleveland.com stories and dispatches. Every Saturday morning, we recap news and statistics regarding the virus. Here is the previous recap of the coronavirus October 9-22.

I am on cleveland.comlife and culture team and cover topics related to food, beer, wine and sport. If you want to see my stories, here is a directory on cleveland.com. Bill Wills from WTAM-1100 and I talk about food and drink usually at 8:20 am on Thursday mornings. And tune in at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays for “Beer with Bona and Much, Much More” with Munch Bishop on 1350-AM The Gambler. Twitter: @ mbona30.



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