CLEVELAND, Ohio – From free beer to Vax-a-Million numbers and more, our weekly coronavirus timeline wraps up facts, figures and numbers regarding Cleveland, Ohio, the United States and the world May 29-June 4, followed by our quotes of the week:
The Ohio Department of Health reports the state has 585 new coronavirus cases. This brings the total number of cases to 1,101,557, which includes confirmed and probable cases.
The state reports 377 new cases, the smallest daily increase since June 2020. … Vaccinations have declined in Ohio following a bump attributed to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement of the Vax-a-Million lottery, as well as the Pfizer shot being approved for children who are at least 12 years old. Also: 128,001 vaccinations started over the seven-day period that ends today – a decrease of more than 34% from the week ending May 23.
Associated Press reports that in April, the Biden administration announced plans to share millions of vaccine doses with the world by the end of June. Five weeks later, nations still wait to learn where the vaccines will go and how they will be distributed. More than 50% of Americans have received at least one dose, and more than 135 million are fully vaccinated, helping bring the rate of cases and deaths in the United States to the lowest level since the earliest days of the pandemic. Scores of countries have requested doses, but only Mexico and Canada have received a combined 4.5 million doses. The United States has announced plans to share shots with South Korea to vaccinate its 550,000 troops who serve alongside American service members. … The United States recorded a seven-day average of fewer than 20,000 new daily cases for the first time since March 2020. … The daily average of new cases has dropped to about 17,248 as of today, according to Johns Hopkins University data. That number might be lower than reality since the Memorial Day holiday might not be reported.
Ohio reports 622 new cases for Monday and today, bringing Ohio’s total to 1,102,556. Another 108 Ohioans have died with Covid, pushing the state’s death toll to 19,861. … The World Health Organization authorizes a vaccine made by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac for emergency use. … Australia’s Olympic women’s softball squad touches down in Japan and is among the earliest arrivals for the Tokyo Games. Opening ceremony is Friday, July 23. The team is arriving at a time of mounting pressure on organizers, with polls showing most people want the Olympics delayed again or canceled because of the pandemic. A state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka and other prefectures recently was extended until Sunday, June 20, as Covid cases continue to burden the nation’s medical system.
Today is the date Ohioans have been waiting for: Many of the state’s health orders to combat the coronavirus are rescinded as of today, including those pertaining to masks and social distancing. … Just 334 coronavirus cases are added, well below Ohio’s 21-day average of 748. The number of deaths of Ohio residents with Covid increases 62 since Friday. … Zoie Vincent from Mayfield Village is the second winner of the full, four-year college scholarship, the Vax-a-Million prize for vaccinated Ohioans ages 12 to 17, the Ohio Lottery announces. Jonathan Carlyle of Toledo is the second winner of the Vax-a-Million $1 million giveaway. … Paladin Brewing Co. in Austintown sets a mask-burning party. … Anheuser-Busch says it will give adults a free alcoholic beverage if the United States hits President Biden’s goal of 70% of Americans receiving at least one dose of a vaccine by Sunday, July 4. Participants will receive a $5 virtual debit card that can be used to buy one AB product. Enter via MyCooler.com/Beer by uploading a picture of yourself at your favorite watering hole.
The Ohio Department of Health reports 490 cases, below the 21-day average of 716. Total cases is at 1,103,380. … More than a third of adults in Greater Cleveland entered to win Ohio’s Vax-a-million lottery before the first drawing, with the rate of sign-ups in the seven-county region outpacing most of the state. About 34% of adults in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Summit, Medina, Portage and Geauga counties signed up – five percentage points higher than the rest of Ohio’s counties, a cleveland.com analysis found. Other findings: Among the 10 counties in Ohio where Donald Trump garnered the most votes in 2020, the average sign-up rate is about 20%, compared to 33% in the 10 counties where he fared the worst. … Biden announces the first details of the U.S. plan to send 80 million vaccine doses overseas with the aim of “ending the pandemic globally,” ABC News reports. The administration has been under pressure to provide hard-hit nations with some of its surplus. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan some of the initial doses would go to India, Gaza and the West Bank, and nations and areas that are “facing crises.”
Krispy Kreme is tying National Doughnut Day to a vaccination promotion. All customers receive a free doughnut today at participating outlets, but vaccinated people get two free ones with proof of vaccination. … Associated Press reports health authorities are trying to determine whether heart inflammation that can occur along with many types of infections could also be a rare side effect in teens and young adults after the second Covid vaccine dose. An article on seven U.S. teen boys in several states, published today in Pediatrics, is among the latest reports of heart inflammation discovered after vaccination, though a link to the vaccine has not been proven.
Quotes of the week
• “No country should be stigmatized for detecting and reporting variants.” – Maria Van Kerkhove, World Health Organization’s technical lead for Covid-19 response, via Twitter. WHO said this week it has assigned new labels to key variants so the public can refer to them by Greek alphabet letters instead of where the variant was detected initially. For instance: WHO calls the “UK variant” (B.1.1.7) “Alpha.”
• “There are 12 states that are already at 70%. I worry about the ones that are way below that, and they are sitting ducks for the next outbreak of Covid-19 – which shouldn’t have to happen now.” – National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins to CNN’s Chris Cuomo. The United States is pushing to have 70% of adults receive at least one vaccine dose by Sunday, July 4. States that fall well below that barometer could be vulnerable to another outbreak. So far, 63% of adults have received at least one dose, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
We compile our coronavirus timeline from cleveland.com stories and wire reports. Each Saturday morning, we recap news and stats regarding the virus. Here is the previous coronavirus recap May 22-28.
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