Thursday, April 22, 2021

New Jersey remains the second worst state for new Covid infections per 100,000 people (268.7), trailing only Michigan (449.2)

The CDC post as of Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:30 PM ET. still places New Jersey as the second worst state in the nation in new Covid cases per 100,000 at a number of 268.7, which is more than twice the national average of 132. Michigan, the worst state, is at 449.2. For reference below, note that North Dakota is at 131.9 (basically right at the national average) and South Dakota is at 128.6. Montana is at 84.8.

There is some talk of people who will decline to get the vax. The New York Times, on April 22 [below], correlated those declining to be VAXd with those who were Trump voters. One notes that the areas with relatively higher non-VAX fractions turn out to be in those states with about average, or below average, Covid infection numbers. They also are in "Trump voter" states. The states with high Covid infection numbers, such as Michigan and New Jersey, are "Biden states."

There is some talk that the next obstacle will be to convince such people to get VAXd. In New Jersey, as of 22 April 2021, there are still issues with getting a VAX appointment at all [below]. The immediate question that might be addressed is "why" Michigan and New Jersey have such high Covid infections per 100,000 of population.

One might think these issues would be newsworthy in the local New Jersey newspapers. In fact, the cover of the April 22, 2021 of the Courier News. was about whether or not high schoolers could dance at the 2021 prom. [Recall Lee Ann Womack: And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance] See also IPBiz of 15 April 2021,
New Jersey remains as the third worst state in Covid cases per capita; nationwide U.S. at 146.7 cases per 100,000

See also Talal Ansari in Wall Street Journal, 21 April 2021: Michigan’s Spring Covid-19 Surge Is Close to Previous Pandemic High

Roni Caryn Robin in NYT, An unvaccinated worker set off an outbreak at a U.S. nursing home where most residents were immunized. including text: "The outbreak involved a variant of the virus that has multiple mutations in the spike protein, of the kind that make the vaccines less effective. Vaccinated residents and health care workers at the Kentucky facility were less likely to be infected than those who had not been vaccinated, and they were far less likely to develop symptoms. The study estimated that the vaccine, identified as Pfizer-BioNTech, showed effectiveness of 66 percent for residents and 75.9 percent for employees, (...) In the Kentucky outbreak, the virus variant is not on the C.D.C.’s list of those considered variants of concern or interest. But, the study authors note, the variant does have several mutations of importance: D614G, which demonstrates evidence of increased transmissibility; E484K in the receptor-binding domain of the spike protein, which is also seen in B.1.351, the variant first recognized in South Africa, and P.1. of Brazil; and W152L, which might reduce effectiveness of neutralizing antibodies."


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