More than half of the states are reporting a rise in coronavirus cases. The climb comes after many states had seen case numbers decline following a summer resurgence of infections. That and more in the Wayne County Report for September 22, 2020.
Among the states reporting more new cases are Wisconsin, Idaho, South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas, all of which are also reporting test positivity rates about 15 percent. The World Health Organization advised governments in May that positive rates should hold steady at 5 percent or lower for a least two weeks before businesses reopen. According to Johns Hopkins University, a total of 27 states and Puerto Rico have rates above that level.
In other news, AstraZeneca has released blueprints for its COVID-19 vaccine trial. They are the third drug company to do so, following Moderna and Pfizer.
“The release of these protocols seems to reflect some public pressure to do so,” said Natalie Dean, a biostatistician and expert in clinical trial design for vaccines at the University of Florida. “This is an unprecedented situation, and public confidence is such a huge part of the success of this endeavor.”
Polls are finding Americans increasingly wary of accepting a virus vaccine. Scientists are worried that regulators, under political pressure, might release an unproven or unsafe vaccine.
The countywide health data release for September 21, 2020, showed Taylor with four new cases of COVID-19 (1,019 overall) and one new death (78 overall).
NOTE: Wayne County is holding free COVID-19 drive-through testing at the Sportsplex (below) this weekend, and Kroger is holding flu, shingles and pneumonia shots at the Taylor Made Market in the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion on Friday.