Today’s inspiration is from President Theodore Roosevelt: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
We’re certainly working hard with what we have to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control. The seemingly endless months have worn on with impact beyond what we ever could have imagined at the innocent start of 2020. There is a bit of good news. The United States as a whole has vaccinated more Americans now than there are total cases since March. The 7-day positive rate has fallen to 8.5%, the lowest it’s been since November, which you can see HERE.
But clearly there’s more to do, especially as new variants emerge. I am glad to see necessary travel restrictions in place starting this week, requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. You can learn more HERE.
Also, Johnson & Johnson announced today that their COVID-19 vaccine was 66% effective in preventing moderate and severe illness and 85% effective overall at preventing hospitalization and death in all regions where it was tested. Their vaccine is especially encouraging, as it is only a single shot. They are soon preparing to apply for emergency use authorization from the FDA. You can learn more HERE.
Here are a few additional resources I thought would be helpful to share.
“23 and Me” launched a new tool to assess an individual’s risk of COVID-19 becoming severe, based on someone’s ethnicity, lifestyle, height, weight, health conditions, genetics and experience with the disease. You can read more HERE, and you can try the tool HERE.
The CDC has a toolkit for parents to help their children dealing with COVID-19, especially as so many schools remain closed, which you can see HERE. It is time we open our schools in a safe manner.
FEMA has now launched a vaccine website where you can learn more about the nation’s effort to vaccinate Americans. Click HERE for more info.
One thing we all need to be aware of is the threat of COVID-19 vaccine scams. As the demand for the vaccine increases and we work to increase supply, scammers are trying to access folks’ personal or financial information. Henry Ford Health System has issued a list of warnings to look for to avoid these scams, which you can find HERE.
On Monday, restaurants in Michigan will be allowed to reopen for indoor dining with 25% capacity. Up to six people can be seated at a table. You can read more HERE. Keep supporting our restaurants! They are staples of our communities but so many are struggling. And remember, you can always order take out!! My family highly recommends it. If you get takeout, send us a photo and we'll use it in our KT report. Click HERE to submit the photo.
Lastly, today we had a press conference to announce the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, which you can read more about HERE. PFAS chemicals are prevalent in communities across the country and pose serious health problems for millions of Americans. This task force will continue our work to clean up PFAS pollution and phase out non-essential uses of PFAS in everyday products.