“New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are lifting most Covid-19-related restrictions on May 19, signaling a denouement for some of the country’s strictest lockdown orders and social distancing protocols imposed during the pandemic,” Politico reports.
Associated Press: “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved to suspend all remaining COVID-19 restrictions imposed by communities across his state, signing into law on Monday freshly passed legislation giving him sweeping powers to invalidate local emergency measures put in place during the pandemic — including mask mandates, limitations on business operations and the shuttering of schools.”
“While the law DeSantis signed Monday goes into effect July 1, the Republican governor said he would issue an executive order to more quickly enact some provisions of the new law, including the preemption of existing coronavirus measures enacted by local governments such as mask mandates.”
Public health experts and scientists say they do not believe herd immunity is attainable for the near future due to dropping COVID-19 vaccination rates, The New York Times reports.
According to the experts who spoke with the Times, the coronavirus will more likely become a constant but manageable threat in the U.S. for several more years. New COVID-19 strains are also reportedly developing too quickly for herd immunity to be reasonably expected.
“The virus is unlikely to go away,” Emory University evolutionary biologist Rustom Antia told the newspaper. “But we want to do all we can to check that it’s likely to become a mild infection.”
Despite working on the frontlines, many police officers are still reluctant to receive the coronavirus vaccine –– posing a health risk not only for themselves but the public they interact with.
The Washington Post reports that the number of police officers getting vaccinated is lower than or about the same as for those in the general public.
In Las Vegas, 39 percent of employed officers in the Metropolitan Police Department have gotten at least one dose, officials said. Across the country, however, more than 50 percent of eligible adults have received at least one dose, The Washington Post reports.
The Post also reports that 36 percent of officers in Atlanta are vaccinated; and 28 percent of officers in Ohio’s largest police department have a shot.
For officers themselves, many have preexisting conditions –– like diabetes, heart disease and weight-related health issues –– that put them at greater risk of a more severe coronavirus infection. And for the public, interacting with an officer who is not vaccinated could be a threat to their own health.
The CDC says about 43% of Americans are ‘fully’ vaccinated….
The WashPost figures are different….
This post has been updated w/WashPost stats