CLEVELAND, Ohio – Our weekly coronavirus timeline covers Vax-a-Million winners, China’s response to Dr. Anthony Fauci, news about the Wolstein Center and more. Our regular roundup of coronavirus facts, figures and numbers covers Cleveland, Ohio, the United States and the world May 22-28, followed by our quotes of the week:
Ohio reports 871 confirmed or probable cases of coronavirus.
The state reports 683 new cases, with the total case number increasing to 1,097,300, which includes confirmed and probable cases.
The Ohio Department of Health reports 566 new cases, nearly half of the 21-day average of 1,041. … Gov. Mike DeWine says 2.8 million vaccinated Ohio adults have registered to win the $1 million Vax-a-Million giveaways, the enticements put in place to encourage Covid vaccinations. Odds of winning $1 million in the inaugural Ohio-Vax-a-Million drawing are 1 in 2,758,470. … CNN, citing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says at least 25 states and Washington, D.C. have fully vaccinated at least half of their adults. Ohio is not among them. Maine leads the way with more than 62% of people 18 and over having completed their shots. … A new study published today in the journal Nature suggests mild cases of Covid give those who recover lasting antibody protection, and that repeated bouts of illness are likely to be uncommon. … Japan mobilizes military doctors and nurses to give shots to the elderly as the government desperately tries to accelerate its vaccination rollout and curb infections two months before hosting the Olympics. Public-safety concerns have prompted growing protests to cancel the games.
In Ohio, 44 residents have died with coronavirus, bringing total deaths to 19,753. The number of cases increases by 727 to more than 1.09 million. … According to the CDC, people 24 and younger are receiving vaccine doses at low rates: Ages 12 to 15 (1.4%) and 16 to 17 (1.7%) have received at least one dose. It’s 7.6% for ages 18 to 24. … The World Health Organization says 4.1 million global Covid cases were reported in the week ending May 23, a 14% decrease from the previous week. Worldwide, WHO reports 84,000 new Covid deaths, a 2% decrease from the prior week.
Another 987 cases are identified by the Ohio Department of Health. The 21-day rolling average is 993 cases. … The Ohio Lottery announces Abbigail Bugenske of Silverton, in Hamilton County, won the first $1 million prize in the Ohio Vax-a-Million drawing. Joseph Costello of Englewood in Montgomery County won a college scholarship for up to four years. … President Biden says he has directed the U.S. intelligence community to push on with its probe of the pandemic’s origins and report back in 90 days.
Ohio Department of Heath adds 732 cases, below the 21-day rolling average of 961 cases. … Ohio’s color-coded map, showing how severe the coronavirus outbreak is through all 88 counties, is being retired. The health department will continue to provide county-level data on cases per 100,000 residents. The statewide average is 82.3 cases per 100,000. … The Wolstein Center mass vaccination clinic at Cleveland State University will offer the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine during its final week, until Monday, June 7. The vaccine requires two doses 21 days apart, so anyone who receives their first dose at the arena will be given an appointment for a second shot at an area Discount Drug Mart.
From Kyodo News: Taisuke Nakata, a University of Tokyo associate professor invited to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizers’ panel on Covid countermeasures, says the increased flow of people within Japan during the games could lead to a rise in the number of infections.
Quotes of the week
• “US elites degenerate further in morality, and Fauci is one of them.” – Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times. CNN says Chinese state media turned on Dr. Anthony Fauci, accusing the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of “fanning a huge lie against China” by hyping the theory that coronavirus was leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. Fauci said this month he is no longer convinced the pandemic originated naturally and says investigation should continue to determine what happened regarding the genesis of the outbreak.
• “Go, get vaccinated, hit the beach. Real simple.” – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The city is posting buses at beaches and parks over Memorial Day weekend, offering free vaccinations.
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 15-21.
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