CLEVELAND, Ohio – From vaccine news to easing restrictions to a county-by-county mask-wearing map in the United States, here’s our regular roundup of coronavirus facts, figures and figures regarding Cleveland , Ohio, the United States and the World February 26 – March 4, 2022, followed by our quotes of the week:
The Ohio Department of Health reports 1,330 new cases of coronavirus. … Vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds begin in a Tokyo neighborhood.
Ohio is reporting 577 cases. …Mayor of New York Eric Adams says he would lift vaccination mandates in restaurants, bars, gyms and theaters by Monday, March 7.
CNN reports that California, Oregon and Washington State will move from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools starting Friday, March 11. California is also dropping its requirement for unvaccinated people to wear masks in most indoor settings starting Tuesday, March 1, though masks will still be strongly recommended for everyone in most indoor settings. Additionally, the network reports that the effectiveness of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines for children declined rapidly during the omicron surge, particularly among 5- to 11-year-olds, but still protected against serious disease, according to the Department of Health. New York State Health.
1st of March
Ohio is reporting 1,051 new cases, making the 18th straight day less than 2,500. … Starting next week, Americans will be able to order additional free home tests from the government. … Statistics from Johns Hopkins University indicate that Covid has killed more than 952,000 people and infected around 79.1 million in the United States. … Reuters reports that Hong Kong residents are bracing for a citywide lockdown, emptying supermarkets and pharmacies, even as a leader Carrie Lam (pictured above, top right) called for calm and appealed to the public not to worry about a mandatory mass Covid testing plan. In the past 24 hours, the Chinese-ruled territory has reported 32,597 new infections and a record 117 deaths.
Ohio is reporting 1,171 new cases, making it the 19th straight day under 2,500. …Employees and visitors will no longer be required to wear masks in Cuyahoga County buildings, Executive Armond Budish said. He signed an executive order lifting the mask mandate inside county properties in most cases and eliminating temperature scans for entry. The order notes exceptions for nurses working with immunocompromised people and employees of the sheriff’s department, which has its own rules. … The White House is unveiling a plan to move the nation into a new stage of the pandemic to deal with Covid while preparing for any new variants. The National Covid-19 Preparedness Plan, which will require additional funding from Congress, focuses on Covid treatments, preparing for variants, keeping schools and businesses open, and continuing vaccination efforts. … Pupils have returned to school in the Indian state of Maharashtra nearly two years after the world’s largest lockdown was put in place to slow the spread of Covid, Reuters reports. The country’s daily coronavirus infections have risen by less than 10,000, a level last seen in December before omicron’s rapid spread. India has fully vaccinated more than 765 million of its 940 million adults and around 28 million adolescents aged 15-18, but it has not started vaccinating those under 15.
3rd of March
Ohio reports 1,196 new cases, extending the streak of days below 2,500 to 20. … Most people in the United States live in counties where healthy people no longer need to wear masks, but Mask-wearing is recommended in 472 counties, the Centers for Disease Control says. Here is an interactive map. … The NFL sends a memo to all teams announcing the suspension of its Covid protocols, citing a decline in the spread of the virus.
China pledges to maintain its “zero Covid policy”, which includes full quarantine and lockdowns if necessary. … Japanese authorities say the country met its goal of administering 1 million daily reminders in February. … With a presidential election next week, South Korean officials have announced an easing of social distancing restrictions despite today being the deadliest day of the pandemic in the country. The country’s 186 deaths from Covid broke the previous single-day record of 128, which was set a day earlier.
Quotes of the week
• “Protesters illegally occupying Parliament grounds and surrounding streets have been given ample opportunity to leave. It’s time for them to leave. – Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern as police and anti-vaccine mandate protesters clashed.
• ” She is fine. She is congested, she still has intermittent fevers and she tells us that her throat hurts a lot. But luckily, she breathes well and she still smiles often, which makes us happy as parents. – Surgeon General of the United States Vivek Murthy to NPR about her daughter, who tested positive for Covid. Murthy’s daughter is 4 years old and not yet eligible for a vaccine. This week, Murthy posted a request for information regarding health misinformation, seeking data from tech companies, healthcare providers and community organizations.
We compile our coronavirus timeline from cleveland.com stories and dispatches. Every Saturday morning, we recap news and statistics regarding the virus. Here is the previous coronavirus recap February 19-25, 2022.
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