A couple weeks ago we pointed out that some counties are classifying those with COVID-19 in daily reports as "positives" or people in "isolation" . Officials expect another rise in cases within the next few days because so many people ignored official advice not to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Jeanne Marrazzo , director of UAB's Division of Infection Diseases. "The impact on the health care system could be tremendous". According to Williamson, 23% of Alabama's 7,981 regular hospital beds were still available as of Monday, and 11% of the 1,627 intensive care beds were still available, Williamson said.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on Tuesday that its new guidance would cut quarantine time for individuals exposed to the virus by as much as half, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Many people in the USA end quarantine early because of pressure to return to work and school, CDC officials said, and some aren't willing to share names of contacts they fear will then be required to quarantine. At present, CDC guidelines for people who have been exposed is to "stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has Covid-19". The KDHE said residents should check with their local health departments regarding the quarantine recommendations specific to their county.
Both companies have signaled that their vaccines could be available for use before year-end. A decision from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected in mid-December, but the Amsterdam-based European Medicines Agency has said it is unlikely to approve the shot until the end of the month.
Dr. Bonnie Henry addressed both topics separately, as well as travel for sports, during her daily briefing Wednesday, after announcing another dozen deaths and 834 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. To hear more on how hospitals in the north are handling the surge in COVID-19 patients, and how it is impacting healthcare professionals in the region, tap the audio below.