Nearly 100, including children, take part in mega swimming event held at NSP left canal
The Nagarjuna Sagar Project (NSP) left canal hosted a mega swimming event with scores of people of all ages swimming a distance of several kilometres from Teldarpalli in Khammam rural mandal to Ramanagutta in Khammam urban mandal here on Sunday.
The event was held under the aegis of the town-based Khanapuram Haveli Swimming Association and saw enthusiastic participation of nearly 100 persons including several children.
It concluded at Ramanagutta locality.
The participants received a thunderous reception when they reached the closing point in the NSP canal after swimming a long distance in about three hours.
The event was organised to promote swimming as a means to improve overall health and physical fitness besides preventing drowning incidents and busting stress.
+++Ohio Department of Health to release April 4 & 5 numbers Monday+++
COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Health says it will not report numbers Sunday in observance of the holiday. Daily reporting will resume on April 5 and will reflect totals from Sunday and Monday.
As of Saturday, April 3, a total of 1,024,011 (2,293) cases have been reported since the pandemic began, leading to 53,306 (+63) hospitalizations and 7,450 (+4) ICU admissions.
The Department of Health is updating the total number of deaths only after death certificates have been processed, usually twice a week. The latest total is 18,643 (+34).
This week, as vaccination opens fully for anybody 16 and older, the state is expected to receive 571,000 doses of the three authorized vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, by far the greatest number, DeWine said.
With the increased supply, DeWine announced the state is adding 11 standing vaccination sites that will be open to anyone 16 and older. Many of the available doses will be the single-shot option from Johnson & Johnson.
Locations include the Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo Center, which will receive 5,000 doses a week.
During Thursday’s press conference, Lt. Governor Husted appeared at the Columbus Public Health mass vaccination site at the Celeste Center along with Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. The Celeste Center offers different versions of the vaccine on different days.
Other locations will be in Akron, Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Dayton, Lima, Marietta, Maumee, Wilmington, Youngstown and Zanesville. And there will be four mobile clinics that will travel various regions. Scheduling a vaccination at one of these sites can be done through the state’s online portal.
DeWine acknowledged that the state’s plateau in cases has become an increase in positivity rate. Ohio’s Zone 1, including the northern portion of the state, has seen the largest increase.
DeWine provided an update on where the state stands in meeting the standard for him lifting his pandemic health orders. He has set a benchmark of 50 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks for those orders to end. This week, the rate stood at 167.1.
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Beginning next week, DeWine says Ohio is going to try to vaccinate every college student in the state that wants the vaccine. They will do so with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. DeWine says they will be working with Universities to vaccinate on campus, they believe more students will get the vaccine if they can get it at the same time as their peers.
With college students getting out of school around May 1, the time to do this is limited, according to DeWine.
College age people are significant carriers of the virus, so Governor DeWine calls this a “strategic move” to vaccinate them before they scatter through out the state/country.
DeWine also announced that a week from Monday, any vaccine provider can take up to 25% of their vaccine doses for a week and arrange to vaccinate at a business.
+++Experts say most new COVID-19 cases affecting young people more+++
Health officials warn the age of those hardest hit by COVID-19 is beginning to shift lower, to a younger demographic
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The pandemic has hit seniors in our communities hardest; they've been the most vulnerable so far to COVID-19. But health officials are now sounding the alarm on a new trend: the ages of those hit hardest by the pandemic are shifting to younger people.
Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, says the disturbing shift comes after weeks of declines.
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"There are a lot of infections happening right now," he said, noting that COVID-19 cases across the country are starting to rise. It's not as high as the winter surge, which saw more than 300,000 new cases each day, but right now the average is at just over 60,000 cases per day. The shift to younger people getting the virus more commonly now is happening on a wider scale as well. Part of the worry also involves a potential explosion of cases as more people travel to destinations like Florida for spring break trips, a state that has the nation's highest count of new virus variants.
"We do see that the average age of hospitalizations has shifted to a younger demographic, and that's national," said NBC News Medical Contributor Dr. Kavita Patel.
This makes efforts to roll out more vaccines crucial. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the push to get more shots into more arms is his top priority; about 29% of the state's population is partially vaccinated.
"We're going to do everything we can to reach every single person," the governor said. "For the protection of their family, their friends, and everybody, that everybody needs to step up and get a vaccine."
Commissioner Stacey Phillips announced the vaccination process is about to get easier in Huntersville; a vaccine clinic will be held on Wednesday, April 7 at the Waymer Center to get more shots to those who haven't been able to get one.
To help boost vaccination rates, Facebook has also joined in on the push, rolling out a new vaccine profile frame for users to show support for vaccination on the social network. Soon, a summary of friends using the frame will also show up on newsfeeds for everyone.
Efforts like this are aimed at combating an issue Gov. Cooper says has hindered vaccine response: disinformation.
"With all of this disinformation about vaccines out there, we really need to work hard now as we're turning the corner of the pandemic," he said.
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