Boston (AP) — For Dr. Jeremy Faust, the moment he realized that the pandemic was no longer in control of his work came on Memorial Day weekend. In Boston.
A few miles away, ER nurse Kerry LaBarbera of the Boston Medical Center did the same when only two COVID-19 patients visited her ward, one of New England’s busiest patients, on the same weekend. I noticed that.
“The last year and a half has been like a tornado or something terrible,” she said. “You have an important life, but when you get over it, you feel like,” What’s wrong? “
The rest of Massachusetts and New England (the most vaccinated areas in the United States) offer a glimpse into the rest of the country if more Americans seize the opportunity. I will.
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the region are steadily declining, with more than 60% of residents in all six states receiving at least one vaccination.
By comparison, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi’s Deep South have the lowest vaccination rates, around 35%, and new infections to the population are generally higher than most New England states. I am. Nationally, about 50% of Americans receive at least one injection.
For the first time in Massachusetts, health officials have determined that any city or town in Massachusetts is at high risk of spreading COVID-19 since it began issuing weekly assessments last August.
In Rhode Island, hospitalization for coronavirus reached its lowest level in about eight months. In New Hampshire, an average of about 1 death per week has been reported after peaking at about 12 people per day during the winter surge of the virus. In addition, in Vermont, the most vaccinated state in the United States, more than 70% have been reported for more than two weeks and no deaths from the coronavirus have been reported.
Dr. Tim Rayhee, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, said:
Public health experts say that President Joe Biden has vaccinated 70% of American adults at least once by July 4 and has hung promises of free beer and other goodies. It states that some clues can be obtained from England.
One thing that seems to have been right in this region is that expanding vaccine eligibility was generally slower than in other parts of the country and instead focused on reaching groups of vulnerable people. Former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, said: Under President Barack Obama.
New England leaders also accepted most of the recommendations of public health experts on economic priorities during a pandemic, said Albert Coe, head of the epidemiology department at Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut. The doctor said.
Part of the region suffered the most damage early in the epidemic, which also played an important role.
“We really experienced it in those early stages,” Kor said. “It generally leaves a great mark on the population.”
Indeed, some of the improvements in the COVID-19 numbers may be due to the warm climate that allows New Englanders to stay socially distant outdoors, experts say.
States such as California and Nebraska have performed as well, if not as well as some states in New England, in terms of the number of new infections in their population. Racial differences in vaccination also persist in this region, as do many other parts of the country.
In a series of tweets last weekend, Dr. Ashish Jar, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island, contrasted the relatively low vaccination coverage in Springfield, Massachusetts. , With almost complete vaccination in his hometown of Newton, a wealthy, mostly white suburb of Boston.
“Therefore, if you have a high vaccination rate, your job isn’t over,” Jar wrote. “There are too many people and communities across the United States who haven’t received the vaccine yet.”
Nationally, the average number of new coronavirus cases has dropped to about 15,000 per day, but the number of deaths has plummeted to about 430 per day. It is a level that has not been seen since the early stages. The death toll in the United States as a whole is just under 600,000.
Despite the dramatic decline in patients, New England hospitals are in many ways busier than ever. Patients return in large numbers after deferring medical care for over a year.
Dr. Catherine Gargen Burnett, Head of Family Medicine at the Boston Medical Center, is not only “energizing” to reconnect with normal patients, but many have a year’s worth of spirit. He said it would be a heavy burden because he had to deal with trauma. Ignored physical illness.
“Sure, I’m going to exhale a little,” she said. “We ran that marathon, but now we have this other long race in front of us in terms of bringing people back to good health. . “
Paul Murphy, a nurse in the emergency department at Brigham and Women’s, recently said that patients in the ward often wait more than six hours, and staff feel tired and have burnout.
Still, a 54-year-old resident of Warwick, Rhode Island, said it was refreshing to get away from the busy work as the area regained its vitality. Murphy said that more than 50 hours of work per week in the pandemic is over and there is time for children to practice sports and other appointments.
Brigham’s emergency physician, Faust, said he recently recorded an almost full day of innocent sleep, something he couldn’t even dream of in the pandemic suffering.
But like other health professionals, he is concerned that the slow pace of vaccination could make the country vulnerable to new and powerful viral mutations.
“If we continue to infect so many people with the virus, we’re playing roulette,” Faust said. “That’s why I’m staying up late now.”