The Last Sensia COVID Update

As a service to our corporate clients, Sensia has been providing weekly updates on the COVID pandemic.  Given the significant improvement in the COVID pandemic locally and nationally, today’s blog will be the last that Sensia will distribute on this topic.  Sensia will be regularly sending blogs containing information of interest to our clients.  Feel free to send me any topics that you would like to hear about.  I personally thank you for reading the COVID blogs and hope that the information provided has been helpful.

Andrew J. Seter, M.D.

June 16, 2021

The COVID pandemic continues to improve for Wisconsin and the nation.  The overall number of cases has demonstrated an impressive decline.  The 7-day average of new cases in the United States was only 12,223 on June 13 in comparison to 13,276 on June 6, 38,678 on May 9, and 55,186 on April 26.  The highest 7-day average case rate in the United States was 252,931 on January 8, 2021.  A 20-fold decrease in cases from January 2021!

The 7-day average for death in the United States was 331 on June 13 in comparison to 378 on June 6, 545 on May 16, and 666 on April 26.  The highest 7-day average for COVID deaths in the United States was 3,557 on January 13, 2021.  A 10-fold drop in cases from January 2021.  The number of deaths tends to lag behind the number of total cases.  The total number of deaths attributed to COVID has significantly slowed but exceeded 600,000 as of June 15, 2021.  The actual number is likely higher.

The 7-day average of cases in Wisconsin was only 104 on June 13 in comparison to 124 on June 6, 498 on May 16, 642 on May 9, and 712 on April 26.  The highest 7-day average case rate in Wisconsin was 7045 on November 18, 2020.  The 7-day average for deaths in Wisconsin was only 8 on June 13.  Wisconsin has had multiple dates with no COVID related deaths.  The highest 7-day average for deaths in Wisconsin was 68 on December 7, 2020.

Michigan was once a hot spot in the nation but no longer.  The overall numbers have significantly improved but recently stabilized.  The 7-day average of cases in Michigan was 260 on June 13 in comparison to 176 on June 6, 901 on May 24, 2714 on May 9, and 5144 on April 26.  The highest 7-day average case rate in Michigan was 6668 on April 13, 2021.  The 7-day death rate in Michigan was only 10 on June 13.  Michigan has improved considerably over the last three months.

The COVID vaccination statistics are impressive and deserve applause.  Over 310,000,000 COVID vaccinations have been administered in the United States.  As of June 13, 52.5% of all Americans have received at least one dose and 43.7% are fully vaccinated.  Of those 12 years and older, 61.4% have received at least one dose and 51.1% are fully vaccinated.  Of those 18 years and older, 64.5% have received at least one dose and 54.4% are fully vaccinated.  Of those 65 years and older, 86.8% have received at least one dose and 76.4% are fully vaccinated.

Nationally, 13 states have achieved a 70% vaccination rate for the adult population receiving at least one dose of the COVID vaccine with four more states close behind.  Vermont and Hawaii have surpassed the 80% vaccination rate.  Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Wyoming trail the nation with less than 50% of the adult population receiving at least one vaccine dose.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackbrewster/2021/06/08/these-thirteen-states-have-already-reached-bidens-july-4-vaccine-goal/?sh=50bc3cee3887

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports the state vaccination statistics slightly differently than the CDC.  As of June 15, Wisconsin statistics reveal that 49.2% has received one dose and 44.5% is fully vaccinated for the ENTIRE state population regardless of age.  In Wisconsin, approximately 14% of the population is less than 12 years old and have not yet been approved to receive the vaccine.  The percent vaccination of the adult population in Wisconsin is not reported but is likely over 60%.  To date however, Wisconsin trails many other states in overall vaccination status.

The fact that many Wisconsinites remain unvaccinated should raise caution as to how to move forward locally.  Regardless, the best strategy has always been to wear a mask in public, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and get vaccinated!

A simple statement summarizes the current situation, vaccinated people may return to normal activity while the unvaccinated remain at risk.

COVID Vaccine Update and World News

The COVID pandemic is improving nationally but the same cannot be said around the world.  The pandemic continues in force throughout southeast Asia, India and even into Africa.  The Biden Administration recently announced the purchase of 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be donated for worldwide use starting in 2021 and continuing into 2022.  The vaccine will be issued to COVAX which is an international organization assigned the responsibility to distribute the vaccine worldwide.  Although the contribution is significant, the global community needs to aid in the cause.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-vaccine-donate/2021/06/09/c2744674-c934-11eb-93fa-9053a95eb9f2_story.html

Another COVID vaccine may soon be added to the arsenal.  The NIH recently announced that the Novavax COVID vaccine was safe and effective for use.  The vaccine is reportedly 90.4% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID disease and 100% effective in preventing moderate to serious disease.  The Novavax vaccine is NOT a mRNA vaccine and is administered in two doses, 21 days apart.  The Novavax vaccine will probably not be used in the United States but will assist in vaccination throughout the rest of the world.

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/us-clinical-trial-results-show-novavax-vaccine-safe-prevents-covid-19

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

Patti Schaetz

President – Business Development

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