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.

June 9, 2021

More good news for the nation with a caution to the unvaccinated.  The 7-day average of cases has continued to decline.  The 7-day average of new cases in the United States was only 13,276 on June 6 in comparison to 18,913 on May 29, 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.  No doubt that the vaccines work!

The 7-day average for death in the United States has dropped and was 378 on June 6 in comparison to 442 on May 29, 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.  The total number of deaths attributed to COVID has significantly slowed but stands at 594,802 as of June 6, 2021.

The 7-day average of cases in Wisconsin was 124 on June 6 in comparison to 248 on May 29, 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 actually increased and was 17 on June 6.  The highest 7-day average for deaths in Wisconsin was 68 on December 7, 2020.

Michigan has significantly improved.  The 7-day average of cases was 176 on June 6 in comparison to 794 on May 29, 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 9 on June 6.

The COVID vaccination statistics are impressive but have been slowing.  Over 303,000,000 COVID vaccinations have been administered in the United States.  As of June 6, 51.6% of Americans have received at least one dose and 42.1% are fully vaccinated.  Of those 12 years and older, 61.1% have received at least one dose and 49.9% are fully vaccinated.  Of those 18 years and older, 63.7% have received at least one dose and 53.0% are fully vaccinated.  Of those 65 years and older, 86.4% have received at least one dose and 75.6% are fully vaccinated.

As of June 6, 48.5% of all Wisconsinites have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 43.0% are fully vaccinated.  In comparison, twelve states have achieved over 70% of adult residents receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.  At present, less than half of Wisconsin residents are fully vaccinated.  The other way to state this point is that the majority of Wisconsinites are still NOT vaccinated!

When the overall COVID statistics are adjusted to account for vaccination status, the unvaccinated remain at an elevated risk similar to that present at the height of the pandemic.  The overall reduction in COVID cases and deaths are giving the unvaccinated the wrong message and a false sense of security.  The presence of new variants, reduction in mask wearing, and an increase in social gathering are continuing to fuel the pandemic in the unvaccinated.  The simple truth is that life is now safer for the vaccinated while the unvaccinated remain at risk.  The attached article provides a nice summary of this fact.

https://apple.news/AxyIwJaUDR06P6pG8hT-J_g

The slowing rate of vaccinations is worrying some states leading to offering cash incentives to receive the vaccine.  Several states have implemented vaccination lotteries where select winners are paid up to $1,000,000.  Concern has arisen regarding an increase in COVID infections amongst children as well.

https://apple.news/ALSUajNp_R02JIFLnGWA6IA

What if we don’t reach herd immunity as a country?  Estimates as to the number of Americans who will need to be fully vaccinated to achieve herd immunity have varied from 65-90%.  The bottom line is that at present, no one knows the answer to that question.  Concern has arisen that isolated areas of COVID infection will continue to occur.  As the virus persists, additional variants will likely arise leading to the possible need for COVID booster shots in the vaccinated population.  Research surrounding this possibility is currently underway.  Although the unvaccinated have the right to refuse vaccination, ultimately everyone is placed at risk by the unvaccinated including the youngest who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccines.

COVID Vaccine Update and World News

As the COVID pandemic starts to decline in the United States, many parts of the world are still struggling.  The Biden Administration has committed to donating 80 million COVID vaccine doses to several countries directly with the bulk going to COVAX, an international agency tasked with distributing the vaccine worldwide.  In spite of these efforts, the worldwide need far exceeds the supply.  The situation is complicated in that India is a major producer of vaccine but is struggling to control the pandemic internally.  Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic will likely extend into 2022 with unknown and possibly far-reaching consequences.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-to-share-bulk-of-donated-covid-19-vaccine-doses-through-covax-program-11622734211

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

Employee Health Coaching

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