2 hr 7 min ago”No more beds left” at Louisiana’s largest hospital as Covid-19 cases surgeFrom CNN’s Rebekah Riess
Father Don Ajoko, Phd., left, prays for blessings for the healing hands of nearly three dozen healthcare workers from around the country who arrived to help supplement the staff at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, on Monday, August 2. Ted Jackson/APThere are “no more beds left” at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, which is Louisiana’s largest hospital, Chief Medical Officer Katy O’Neal said at a news conference Monday.
Currently there are 23 patients waiting for a transfer into the Baton Rouge hospital for an intensive care unit bed.
“We have almost 800 beds, we have 713 people admitted today, and no one diagnosis should take up one quarter of your hospital,” O’Neal said, noting that there are at least 155 Covid-19 patients at the hospital today. “We no longer think we’re giving adequate care to anybody, because these are the darkest days of the pandemic.”
“You have people with chest pain sitting in an ER right now, where their families sit in the waiting room and they are wringing their hands and they’re calling everybody they know,” O’Neal added. “Because there are no more beds left. Those 23 patients are a glimpse of what we have been doing for the last two weeks while we have been trying to get everybody vaccinated. And it’s not helping enough, because it’s not happening fast enough.”
2 hr 50 min agoVaccination rates are improving where they are most needed, White House saysFrom CNN’s Virginia Langmaid
Jeff Zients, White House Covid-19 coordinator, left, wears a protective mask while listening as President Joe Biden speaks on Wednesday, April 21. Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesVaccination rates are increasing in states with high case rates, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said Monday.
“In the states with the highest case rates, daily vaccination rates have more than doubled,” Zients said in a White House Covid-19 Response Team briefing.
“The eight states with the highest current case rates have seen an average increase of 171% in the number of people newly vaccinated, each day over the past three weeks,” he said.He added: “Louisiana has seen a 302% increase in the average number of newly vaccinated per day, Mississippi 250%, Alabama 215%, and Arkansas 206%.”
Zients said this increase means people are understanding the risks of going unvaccinated.
“This increase in vaccination rates in states that have been lagging is a positive trend. Americans are seeing the risk and impact of being unvaccinated and responding with action. And that’s what it’s going to take to get us out of this pandemic.”
3 hr 11 min agoWhite House says US reaching goal of 70% of US adults partially vaccinated is “a significant step”From CNN’s Maegan Vazquez
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily briefing at the White House, on Monday, August 2. Susan Walsh/APWhite House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the White House is still “forging ahead” after meeting its goal to get 70% of US adults with at least one Covid-19 shot about one month late, arguing that the milestone is still a “significant step.”
When CNN’s Kaitlan Collins asked Psaki during the press briefing for President Biden’s reaction to hitting the goal, Psaki said, “It was a goal he set – we set as an administration because we believe in bold, ambitious goals.”
“I would say it’s a significant step that we have hit 70% of people in this country, of adults, who are vaccinated. That’s a good sign. It will help protect communities. It will help protect families and save more lives. But we’ve said from the beginning, even as we set this goal, our work would not be done even when we reached it. And so we’re forging ahead,” she continued.
3 hr 28 min agoLouisiana expects Covid-19 hospitalizations to reach highest level in pandemic tomorrow, official saysFrom CNN’s Rebekah Riess
Louisiana expects Covid-19 hospitalizations to reach its highest level in the pandemic on Tuesday, the state’s health officer said.
There were at least 1,984 Covid-19 patients hospitalized throughout the state on Monday, Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter said.
“I have every shred of confidence, unless something miraculous happens, that tomorrow we will have the largest number of hospitalized Covid patients throughout Louisiana than at any point prior in the pandemic,” Kanter said.
As of Monday, Louisiana was averaging at 8.2 new Covid-19 cases per day, per 100,000 residents, the highest point it has been in the state at any point in the pandemic, according to Kanter.
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