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There seem to be a lot of people around the country intent on learning the hard way:

 

Alaska once had the highest vaccination rate. Now it's in a COVID-19 crisis.

 

In January, Alaska had the highest per capita coronavirus vaccination rate in the nation. Now, hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, and the state’s largest hospital is rationing care.

 

Vaccine hesitancy and the delta variant have pushed the state’s fragile and limited hospital system to the breaking point.

 

Providence Alaska Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital, released a letter to the public Tuesday saying that more than 30% of its patients have COVID-19 and the hospital is rationing treatment.

 

"While we are doing our utmost, we are no longer able to provide the standard of care to each and every patient who needs our help," wrote Chief of Staff Kristen Solana Walkinshaw on behalf of the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee. "The acuity and number of patients now exceeds our resources and our ability to staff beds with skilled caregivers, like nurses and respiratory therapists."

 

Of Alaska's 120 ICU beds, 106 were filled as of Thursday -- leaving only 14 beds available statewide.

 

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After Spreading COVID Misinformation, Pastor R. Loren Sandford Has died of COVID

 

Another pastor who downplayed or denied the seriousness of COVID has died from COVID. This time it's R. Loren Sandford, a pastor from Denver, Colorado, who spent much of the past 18 months pretending the pandemic wasn't as big a deal as scientists were making it out to be and sowed misinformation about the vaccine.  It was clear he hadn't received a shot.

 

https://www.facebook.com/loren.sandford/posts/10159732053946110

 

https://www.facebook.com/loren.sandford/posts/10159980569161110

 

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High rate of Alabama COVID-19 deaths contributes to hospitalization drop

 

Though COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alabama have fallen from their late summer peak, the drop is partially attributable to a "really high rate" of deaths occurring daily, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said Friday. 

 

Alabama hospitals on Thursday reported 2,223 total COVID-19 patients, including 53 children. Hospitalizations neared 3,000 earlier this summer. Harris said the drop in cases is, on one hand, a good sign.

 

But much of the decrease is due to sustained high numbers of daily deaths, with hospitals across the state reporting up to "40, 50, 60 deaths a day," Harris said. As of Thursday, Alabama hospitals reported 546 suspected COVID-19 deaths in the previous 10 days, more than 50 deaths per day on average. 

 

"Unfortunately, patients are dying from COVID in our hospitals despite our best efforts," said UAB's Dr. Sarah Nafziger this week. 

 

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High rate of Alabama COVID-19 deaths contributes to hospitalization drop

 

Though COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alabama have fallen from their late summer peak, the drop is partially attributable to a "really high rate" of deaths occurring daily, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said Friday. 

 

Alabama hospitals on Thursday reported 2,223 total COVID-19 patients, including 53 children. Hospitalizations neared 3,000 earlier this summer. Harris said the drop in cases is, on one hand, a good sign.

 

But much of the decrease is due to sustained high numbers of daily deaths, with hospitals across the state reporting up to "40, 50, 60 deaths a day," Harris said. As of Thursday, Alabama hospitals reported 546 suspected COVID-19 deaths in the previous 10 days, more than 50 deaths per day on average. 

 

"Unfortunately, patients are dying from COVID in our hospitals despite our best efforts," said UAB's Dr. Sarah Nafziger this week. 

 

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Hey.  It means they're dying faster than they're coming in.  

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Main statement from this clown:  "I feel the overall reaction with masks is ridiculous in the United States right now," Hang Time's owner said.

Says the guy who actually tosses out a family for wearing a mask, without finding out why. But it's everyone else is making too big a deal out of it. What a moron. 

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-restaurant-owner-threw-family-144447868.html

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COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

 

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000.

 

The U.S. population a century ago was just one-third of what it is today, meaning the flu cut a much bigger, more lethal swath through the country. But the COVID-19 crisis is by any measure a colossal tragedy in its own right, especially given the incredible advances in scientific knowledge since then and the failure to take maximum advantage of the vaccines available this time.

 

“Big pockets of American society — and, worse, their leaders — have thrown this away,” medical historian Dr. Howard Markel of the University of Michigan said of the opportunity to vaccinate everyone eligible by now.

 

Like the Spanish flu, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst. Instead, scientists hope it becomes a mild seasonal bug as human immunity strengthens through vaccination and repeated infection. That could take time.

 

“We hope it will be like getting a cold, but there’s no guarantee,” said Emory University biologist Rustom Antia, who suggests an optimistic scenario in which this could happen over a few years.

 

For now, the pandemic still has the United States and other parts of the world firmly in its jaws.

 

While the delta-fueled surge in infections may have peaked, U.S. deaths are running at over 1,900 a day on average, the highest level since early March, and the country’s overall toll topped 675,000 Monday, according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University, though the real number is believed to be higher.

 

Winter may bring a new surge, with the University of Washington’s influential model projecting an additional 100,000 or so Americans will die of COVID-19 by Jan. 1, which would bring the overall U.S. toll to 776,000.

 

The 1918-19 influenza pandemic killed 50 million victims globally at a time when the world had one-quarter the population it does now. Global deaths from COVID-19 now stand at more than 4.6 million.

 

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Holliday, who worked as a plumber for most of his life, never profited from the video. He put his camcorder up for auction last July, but it’s unknown if the item sold. He told The New York Times around the time of the auction that he had instinctively grabbed the camera that night. Holliday, who was unvaccinated, had been in the hospital for more than a month at the time of his death.

 

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Sanders Co. health officer resigns to ease conflict

 

The public health officer in a politically conservative county in northwestern Montana has resigned his post to ease "the strife and conflict coming from a minority of people objecting" to his recommendations in dealing with the coronavirus.

 

Nick Lawyer resigned his post in Sanders County on Friday, two days after a member of the public blamed Lawyer for his wife's death.

 

Gerald "Frenchy" Cuvillier told county commissioners that Lawyer's rules of protocol cost his wife her life. He complained that she was not given ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine or active antibodies. The health board does not make any decisions about the medical treatment people receive.

 

"The commissioners felt they were not able to execute the business of Sanders County with this distraction and disruption of me being the health officer, or at least that's how it was explained to me," said Lawyer. "My understanding was that they did not object to the work I was doing, it was just they wanted to be able to move on and put this behind us."

 

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