La. ‘A Very Dangerous Place’; Fla. Mask Ban Nixed; ‘Mr. Anti-Vax’ Dies of COVID

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After Hurricane Ida battered Louisiana, leaving large swaths of the state without power, the state’s hospitals are in a “very dangerous place,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards (D); ventilators “don’t work without electricity,” he pointed out. (AP)

A federal “surge team” was called in earlier this month to help Children’s Hospital New Orleans manage a wave of devastating coronavirus cases in young people, including seriously ill infants. (New York Times)

In rural Oregon, infections spurred by Delta are “passing through the region like a buzzsaw,” according to an ICU medical director there. (NPR)

As of Monday at 8 a.m. EDT, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the U.S. was 38,799,341 cases and 637,539 deaths, increases of over 1 million cases and 9,000 deaths from a week ago.

Hawaii is also experiencing “a tidal wave of cases” testing the capacity of hospitals and morgues, said Health Director Elizabeth Char, MD. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

If its vaccination rate is comparable to other states, why has Florida been hit so hard by the latest wave? (New York Times)

After reading aloud unmasked, an unvaccinated elementary school teacher passed COVID-19 onto more than half of the students in class. (MMWR)

NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, said the administration is “sticking with” 8 months for COVID booster shots, despite earlier reports the timeframe would be cut to 6 months. (Politico)

He also said mandating vaccines for children in school is a “good idea.” (Reuters)

A Florida judge scrapped Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) executive order banning schools from implementing mask mandates, saying it was “without legal authority.” (Fox News)

Meanwhile in Greece, police used tear gas and water cannons to disband protests against mandatory vaccines, and hundreds of frontline health workers in the country have joined similar protests. (Reuters)

The focus for young children in British schools has been testing and quarantine, not masking. (New York Times)

The EU plans to tell its member states to reinstate travel restrictions for travelers from the U.S. (AP)

Florida radio host Marc Bernier — who called himself “Mr. Anti-Vax” — died of COVID-19 on Saturday, the third radio personality publicly opposed to vaccines killed by the virus. (The Hill/Politico)

A Texas law banning most abortions in the state — those that occur after a fetal heartbeat can be heard — is slated to take effect on Wednesday, after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals canceled a hearing on the matter. (The Hill)

Jacques Rogge, MD, a former orthopedic surgeon from Belgium known for his fierce anti-doping stance, during his 12-year tenure as president of the International Olympic Committee, has died at age 79. (Washington Post)

Pfizer announced positive results from its phase III JADE DARE trial, with abrocitinib proving superior to dupilumab (Dupixent) for moderate to severe atopic dermatitis.

Biogen is apparently giving some Medicare patients its high-priced new Alzheimer’s drug for free amid a slow review of claims. (Reuters)

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    Shannon Firth has been reporting on health policy as MedPage Today’s Washington correspondent since 2014. She is also a member of the site’s Enterprise & Investigative Reporting team. Follow

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