Hispanic voters now key in swing counties nationwide
As the "Hispanic vote" grows, it's also changing. And there are signs of these differences in the county-level vote from 2020. According to Census data, there are 234 counties around the country where the population is 30 percent or more Hispanic. And in many of those locales former President Donald Trump did better in 2020 than he did in 2016 — particularly in rural communities and Miami-Dade County, which many ethnic Cubans, Colombians and Venezuelans call home. Trump lost ground in 21 of those 234 counties, meaning he got a smaller percentage of the vote in 2020 than he did in 2016.
More than one-quarter of Americans are now living in a county that no longer has high levels of community transmission of coronavirus, a USA TODAY analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show.
That's a major change from earlier in the pandemic wave driven by the delta variant, when every state was considered to have high levels of community transmission, which the CDC says is 100 cases per 100,000 people per week.
The United States isn't out of the woods — nearly everyone who isn't in a "high" county is in a "substantial" county. That's the case for about 82.5 million Americans. About 7.5 million Americans are in a "moderate" county, and about 560,000 are in a "low" county.
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Some 244 million Americans remain in a high-transmission county. Put another way, Americans are more than 1,000 times as likely to live in a "high" county than a "low" one.
Every person in 13 states and the District of Columbia lived in a place with high community transmission. The lowest rates were found in Hawaii, Florida, California, and Maryland, where fewer than one-third of residents lived in places with high levels of coronavirus.
The best place on record, however, isn't a state. In Puerto Rico, about 71,000 people — some 2.1% of the population — are living in an area of high community transmission.
Puerto Ricans are five times as likely to live in an area of low transmission than a high one, and 37 times as likely to live in a community with a moderate level than a high one.
Michigan cat becomes first pet in state to test positive for virus that causes COVID-19
Ingham County cat tested positive for virus that causes COVID-19. Its owners were confirmed to have COVID-19 about a week before the cat became ill.The cat had close contact with its owners, who were confirmed to have COVID-19 about a week before the feline became ill, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said in a release Tuesday. The cat was tested after it began to sneeze and has recovered.
Puerto Rico alone accounted for far more of the people living in areas of low transmission than the rest of the country combined. It also accounts for about a third of the nation's people living in areas of moderate transmission.
— Mike Stucka
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►More than 20 Chicago police officers have been put on "no pay" status for refusing to comply with the city policy of disclosing their COVID vaccine statuses, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Tuesday.
►Country singer Travis Tritt canceled shows at venues requiring masks, proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative test in Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois and Kentucky.
Legislators want three counties to secede Maryland for West Virginia
State legislators in three conservative western Maryland counties are seeking permission to secede from the state to join neighboring West Virginia.In letters to West Virginia state House Speaker Roger Hanshaw (R) and Senate President Craig Blair (R), six Republican Maryland state legislators who represent Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties asked the legislature to consider adding their residents to the Mountaineer State."We believeIn letters to West Virginia state House Speaker Roger Hanshaw (R) and Senate President Craig Blair (R), six Republican Maryland state legislators who represent Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties asked the legislature to consider adding their residents to the Mountaineer Stat
►Fox News Channel anchor Neil Cavuto tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Tuesday. Cavuto was previously fully vaccinated.
???? Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 45.1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 728,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 241.5 million cases and 4.9 million deaths. More than 189.4 million Americans — 57.1% of the population — are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
???? What we're reading:Latino Catholics have one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates among major religious groups in the United States, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. The study comes amid ongoing debate over whether or not to mandate vaccines, and amid ethical questions surrounding the research and manufacture of certain vaccines using cell lines from aborted fetuses.
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Washington sees fallout from state worker vaccine mandate
More than 1,800 Washington state workers have been fired, resigned or retired due to the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, according to data released Tuesday.
FDA says Pfizer vaccine appears to work in young kids; study shows lower mortality rates for vaccinated people: Live COVID updates
Pfizer’s COVID vaccine appears highly effective at preventing symptomatic infections in young kids and caused no unexpected safety issues, feds say.The Food and Drug Administration posted its analysis of Pfizer’s data ahead of a public meeting next week to debate whether the shots are ready for the nation’s roughly 28 million children ages 5 to 11. The agency will ask a panel of outside vaccine experts to vote on that question and is expected to authorize the vaccine for young children as early as next week.
The latest numbers released by the governor’s Office of Financial Management show that about 3% of the state’s approximately 63,000-person workforce that was covered by the mandate have left their jobs, and the cases of another 4.6% — or 2,887 — are pending because they are either in the process of receiving a job accommodation, are planning to retire, are getting vaccinated or are awaiting separation from their agency.
Of the 1,887 who are no longer employed, 1,696 were fired, 112 resigned and 79 retired.
-The Associated Press
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has breakthrough COVID infection
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday morning, the department said.
DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said in a statement that Mayorkas tested positive after “taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols.” Mayorkas was expected to travel to Colombia this week with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“He is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home per CDC protocols and medical advice,” Espinosa said.
The department is currently conducting contact tracing.
Workers hold documents as they wait for their turn to receive the first dose of Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus in a passenger bus converted into a mobile vaccination centre at a wholesale market in Kolkata, India on June 3, 2021.
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An official in personal protective equipment (PPE) manages the crowd as people line up to receive China's Sinopharm Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 31, 2021, as part of the government's campaign to halt the rising number of cases of the virus.
Two elderly women walk into the Alba Caracas hotel to get their first dose of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine after being in line for more than 5 hours, during a massive vaccination campaign for seniors in Caracas, Venezuela, May 31, 2021.
Catherine Bechard, a Canada Border Services Agency, CBSA, regional Indigenous Affairs advisor, walks along a line-up of southern Alberta residents waiting to get shots of a COVID-19 vaccine from a Montana tribe in Carway, Alberta,, May 18, 2021.
A woman receives a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as medical health workers visit door-to-door to deliver the vaccines to people who live far from health facilities in Siaya, Kenya, on May 18, 2021.
People wait after receiving doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 at a vaccination center for people over 50 years old set up at the Vasconcelos Library, in Mexico City on May 11, 2021.
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A health worker prepares to administer a dose of the Sinopharm Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination centre in Karachi, Pakistan on May 5, 2021.
Nurse Pilar Rodríguez arrives to start visiting her patients in the town of Sa Pobla on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca, Spain, Friday, April 30, 2021. Pilar Rodríguez, age 49, is one of three nurses in the town of Sa Pobla in the interior of the island to administer shots there and in nearby villages. On her rounds of the area on foot, she is welcomed amiably by elderly folk, many bound to a chair or a bed. So far, Rodríguez said she and her colleagues have vaccinated over 70 people at their homes in the rural area. They have all received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the shot leading Spain's campaign.
An elderly woman reacts as she receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at El-Menzah sports hall in Tunisia's capital Tunis on April 12, 2021, as vaccination centers in the North African country experience an influx of registrations a day ahead of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
A medical worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine against Covid-19 at a vaccination center on April 8, 2021 in Erfurt, Germany.
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Palestinian health ministry workers prepare doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine COVID-19, donated by the Chinese government, at a school in Halhoul, north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on April 6, 2021, to be provided to Palestinian teachers and education ministry employees before schools reopen the following week.
A woman wearing Javanese traditonal costume in a vehicle receives a dose of the Sinovac Biotech Ltd. Covid-19 vaccine during a mass drive-thru vaccination program at Prambanan temple complex on April 5, 2021 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Healthcare workers from Humber River Hospital draw out doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine before administering the vaccine to residents at a LOFT community housing complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Friday, March 26, 2021.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Over 25% of Americans are no longer living in high-transmission counties: Live COVID-19 updates
A World Remembers: Memorials honor COVID-19's 5 million dead .
BERGAMO, Italy (AP) — The Italian city that suffered the brunt of COVID-19’s first deadly wave is dedicating a vivid memorial to the pandemic dead: A grove of trees, creating oxygen in a park opposite the hospital where so many died, unable to breathe. Bergamo, in northern Italy, is among the many communities around the globe dedicating memorials to commemorate lives lost in a pandemic that is nearing the terrible threshold of 5 million confirmed dead. Some have been drawn from artist’s ideas or civic group proposals, but others are spontaneous displays of grief and frustration.