Sensia COVID Update

As a service to our corporate clients, Sensia offers weekly updates on the COVID pandemic.  Sensia provides this information to keep you as up to date as possible on the everchanging COVID landscape.

April 28, 2021

A possible turning point with both COVID cases and vaccinations.  The 7-day average of cases in the United States was 55,186 on April 26 in comparison to 69,953 on April 13.  The 7-day average for death in the United States has followed a similar trend of 666 on April 26 in comparison to 704 on April 13.  The total number of deaths attributed to COVID stands at 569,771 as of April 26.

Wisconsin continues to mimic the national trend.  The 7-day case average in Wisconsin was 712 on April 26 in comparison to 921 on April 13.  The 7-day average for deaths in Wisconsin was 7 on April 26 however several days of no deaths have been reported not only in Wisconsin, but in a number of other states as well.  Great news!

Michigan has also shown improvement!  In Michigan, the 7-day average caseload was 5144 on April 26 in comparison to 7873 on April 13.  In spite of the decrease in cases, the 7-day death rate in Michigan rose to 35 on April 26 in comparison to the mid 20’s previously.  Expectation is that the death rate in Michigan will begin to fall as well.

The COVID vaccination statistics are tremendous.  Over 232,000,000 COVID vaccinations have been administered in the United States.  As of April 26, 42.7% of Americans have received at least one dose and 29.1% are fully vaccinated.  Of those older than 18 years of age, 54.2% have received at least one dose and 37.3% are fully vaccinated.  Of those older than 65 years of age, 81.8% have received at least one dose and 67.9% are fully vaccinated.  Very similar statistics apply to Wisconsin.

In spite of the ready availability of the COVID vaccine, the overall pace of vaccinations has started to slow.  Vaccine hesitancy is felt to be a significant factor.  Although the statistics have varied, approximately 20% of Americans have expressed a reluctance to get the vaccine.  The link below speaks to some of the facts intended to alleviate those concerns.  Sensia has conducted a number of educational seminars for employees regarding the safety and effectiveness of the COVID vaccines.  Please contact Sensia if you are interested in learning more about these seminars.  Hopefully, through education, more Americans will undergo COVID vaccination.

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid19-vaccine-hesitancy-12-things-you-need-to-know

The best strategy continues to be to practice mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing along with encouraging all Americans to get vaccinated for COVID.

COVID Vaccine Update and World News

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was reapproved for use with a warning regarding a rare blood clotting disorder.  Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis was identified in a very small number who received the J&J vaccine leading to one fatality.  Over 6.8 million J&J vaccinations had been administered in the United States prior to the hold equating to less than one incident per million vaccinations.  Good to see the J&J vaccine back in use although many Americans may have a lingering concern about safety.

The CDC also posted some new guidelines for mask wearing in fully vaccinated people.  In summary, the new recommendations include:

  • Immunocompromised people need to consult their healthcare provider about the mask wearing recommendations, even if fully vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues.
  • Clarification that fully vaccinated workers no longer need to be restricted from work following an exposure as long as they are asymptomatic.
  • Fully vaccinated residents of non-healthcare congregate settings no longer need to quarantine following a known exposure.
  • Fully vaccinated asymptomatic people without an exposure may be exempted from routine screening testing, if feasible.

Good to know that fully vaccinated employees who may have had a significant exposure do not need to be restricted from work as long as they remain asymptomatic.

Although overall good news in the United States, the COVID pandemic is raging in India.  Over the last week, more than 350,000 new COVID cases are being reported in India each day!  The death rate is so high that bodies cannot be disposed of quick enough.  The medical systems have failed as supplies have been exhausted.  Many countries including the United States are sending medical supplies including vaccine to India.  The reasons for the second deadly wave in India are multiple including a possible new COVID variant, B.1.617.  The significance of the variant is under study.  Unfortunately, even children have succumbed to the disease raising a greater concern for the world as a whole.  I will report more on this topic as information becomes available.  I refer you to the attached links for a recent update.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/26/india/india-covid-second-wave-explainer-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-56907007

Sensia’s Service Summary

Sensia provides comprehensive Occupational Health, Wellness, and Primary Care services to employers and their employees by providing medical clinics and/or medical staff at the worksite.  Sensia actively assists our clients in managing the COVID pandemic.  Sensia is an independent healthcare organization not affiliated with any of the hospital-based systems.  At Sensia, our client is the employer and their employees.  References are available upon request.

If you wish to learn more about Sensia’s services, please contact Patti Schaetz at pschaetz@sensiawellness.com or call 920-470-5133.  Sensia looks forward to the conversation.

Sincerely,

Andrew J. Seter, M.D.

CEO/President

Sensia Wellness

aseter@sensiawellness.com

Employee Health Coaching

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