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Monday, July 25th, 2022

COVID-19 Update: Novavax wins FDA approval; President Biden fights off BA.5

It’s time for anoth­er install­ment of of our spe­cial series COVID-19 Update, bring­ing you the lat­est devel­op­ments on the nov­el coro­n­avirus out­break that pub­lic health author­i­ties here and across the coun­try are work­ing to mitigate.

United States

On Wednes­day, July 20th, the Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion (FDA) approved for use a new COVID-19 vac­cine by Novavax. It is not mRNA-based, but instead relies on more tra­di­tion­al vac­cine tech­nol­o­gy that deploys a harm­less ver­sion of the spike pro­tein of the virus to teach the immune sys­tem to cre­ate anti­bod­ies to defeat the virus. There is hope that it could appeal to those who did­n’t want to receive the pre­vi­ous­ly approved vac­cines that uti­lize mRNA technology.

(There is, with­in the Unit­ed States, a small group that has been wait­ing to receive this vac­cine for this very rea­son, who call them­selves “Novas­tans.”) Boost­ers from Novavax are hoped to become avail­able some­time this fall.

On Thurs­day, July 21st, Pres­i­dent Biden test­ed pos­i­tive for COVID-19. He had pre­vi­ous­ly been vac­ci­nat­ed and dou­ble boost­ed, his result­ing symp­toms are mild, and he has been tak­ing a course of Paxlovid as part of his treat­ment.

The First Lady, Jill Biden, con­tin­ues to test negative.

Wash­ing­ton

Twelve coun­ties in the state are cur­rent­ly list­ed as “high risk” for COVID-19. Under this risk lev­el, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion rec­om­mend com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers wear masks in indoor pub­lic set­tings and oth­er pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures such as being ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed against the virus.

King, Sno­homish, Skag­it, Mason, Lin­coln, Franklin, Ben­ton and Klick­i­tat coun­ties have joined Grays Har­bor, Thurston, Adams and Spokane coun­ties. Clark, Grant and Wal­la Wal­la coun­ties have declined to Medi­um status.

As a result of the rise in cas­es, there have been ongo­ing dis­cus­sions since at least July 14th regard­ing whether or not a mask man­date should return to King County.

Oregon

Nine­teen coun­ties in the state are cur­rent­ly list­ed as “high risk” for COVID-19. Clat­sop, Mar­i­on, Polk, Ben­ton, Lane, Dou­glas, Was­co, Jef­fer­son, Crook and Deschutes coun­ties have joined Mult­nom­ah, Coos, Cur­ry, Kla­math, Lake, Union, Wal­lowa, Bak­er and Mal­heur coun­ties. Jack­son, Wash­ing­ton, Clacka­mas, Josephine and Umatil­la have declined to Medi­um status.

A num­ber of Ore­gon Shake­speare Fes­ti­val per­for­mances have been can­celed this week as a result of this lat­est spike in cas­es and more are under consideration.

Idaho

Six coun­ties in the state are cur­rent­ly list­ed as “high risk” for COVID-19 by the CDC. Canyon Coun­ty joined include Ada, Adams, Elmore, Payette and Wash­ing­ton coun­ties, while Boise and Gem coun­ties have declined to Medi­um status.

British Colum­bia

A poll released on Wednes­day, July 20th, indi­cates that 55% of British Columbians would pre­fer a return to mask man­date. Only 30% would pre­fer the cre­ation of a vac­cine passport.

The hard, cold numbers (plus vaccinations)

Wash­ing­ton has had 1,719,776 cas­es and 13,531 attrib­ut­able deaths.

The state has the forty-eighth worst infec­tion rate among the fifty states, the Dis­trict of Colum­bia and Puer­to Rico per mil­lion in population.

The state has the forty-sev­enth worst death rate among the fifty states, the Dis­trict of Colum­bia and Puer­to Rico per mil­lion in population.

16,678,351 tests have been recorded.

  • Approx­i­mate num­ber of dos­es of vac­cine admin­is­tered: 15,157,152
  • Per­cent­age of eli­gi­ble pop­u­la­tion ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed: 73%
  • Chil­dren between the ages of 12 and 17 ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed: 69%
  • Chil­dren between the ages of 5 and 11 ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed: 38%

Ore­gon has had 842,352 cas­es and 8,022 attrib­ut­able deaths.

The state has the fifti­eth worst infec­tion rate among the fifty states, the Dis­trict of Colum­bia and Puer­to Rico per mil­lion in population.

The state has the forty-fifth worst death rate among the fifty states, the Dis­trict of Colum­bia and Puer­to Rico per mil­lion in population.

11,999,720 tests have been recorded.

  • Approx­i­mate num­ber of dos­es of vac­cine admin­is­tered: 8,163,981
  • Per­cent­age of eli­gi­ble pop­u­la­tion ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed: 70%
  • Chil­dren between the ages of 12 and 17 ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed: 64%
  • Chil­dren between the ages of 5 and 11 ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed: 34%

Ida­ho has had 475,344 cas­es and 5,017 attrib­ut­able deaths.

The state has the thir­ty-third worst infec­tion rate among the fifty states, the Dis­trict of Colum­bia and Puer­to Rico per mil­lion in population.

The state has the thir­ty-fourth worst death rate among the fifty states, the Dis­trict of Colum­bia and Puer­to Rico per mil­lion in population.

3,023,075 tests have been recorded.

  • Approx­i­mate num­ber of dos­es of vac­cine admin­is­tered: 2,599,811
  • Per­cent­age of eli­gi­ble pop­u­la­tion ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed: 56%
  • Chil­dren between the ages of 12 and 17 ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed: 53%
  • Chil­dren between the ages of 5 and 11 ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed: 19%

British Colum­bia has had 377,372 cas­es and 3,855 attrib­ut­able deaths.

British Colum­bia has the thir­teenth worst infec­tion rate and the eighth worst death rate among the thir­teen Cana­di­an provinces and ter­ri­to­ries per hun­dred thou­sand pop­u­la­tion. (If it were an Amer­i­can state, it would be fifty-third and fifty-third, respec­tive­ly, out of fifty-three.)

  • Dos­es of vac­cine dis­trib­uted to the province: 13,016,884
  • Dos­es admin­is­tered: 12,164,203 (93.4%)

That does it for this install­ment of COVID-19 Update. Stay safe and well!

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