The doors to “the happiest place in the world” will reopen Friday morning for the first time in 412 days – the longest closure for Disneyland in 65 years of history.
Things won’t be quite the way they were before the pandemic, as security measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus will be in place, including no character hugs and a 25% capacity opening. Friday will mark the first time in more than a year that customers will be able to board the rides and attractions – and the new Avengers campus is slated to open in June.
This comes as the state of origin of the park records a rate of 33 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Wednesday morning. California’s rate is less than a third of the U.S. average of 116 cases, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Meanwhile, the United States is expected to vaccinate 100 million Americans by the end of this weekend, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Also in the news:
►The world has reported its 150,000,000th coronavirus case, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And the United States has reported its 575,000th death.
►A record increase in COVID-19 infections in Costa Rica forced the government to announce new restrictions on Thursday that will delay the country’s economic reopening.
►According to recent data from the CDC, approximately 92% of people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine returned for their second injection.
► Democratic representative for Tucson, Alma Hernandez, who was fully vaccinated, confirms she has tested positive for COVID-19.
📈 The numbers of the day: The United States has more than 32.28 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 575,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: nearly 150.1 million cases and 3.16 million deaths. More than 305.4 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 237.3 million have been administered, according to the CDC. Almost 99.6 million Americans have been fully immunized.
📘 What we read: Native American tribes have long struggled with high rates of diabetes. COVID-19 has made the problem even more urgent.
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New CDC guidelines on wearing masks after vaccination could affect communities of color, experts say
New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which make exterior masking recommendations easier for fully vaccinated people, can have unintended consequences, especially for people of color, health experts say.
Science backs the agency’s new guidelines, but experts say easing mask restrictions may mean that vaccination is just a matter of choice, and that it could undermine the emergency. reach vulnerable communities who are still waiting for access to vaccines.
“The changing perception that these aren’t problems means that attention to these populations is likely to wane,” said Rachael Piltch-Loeb, associate researcher at the New York University School of Global Public Health.
Some states have already started to ease restrictions.
But many people across the country are not vaccinated because they don’t have internet access, work more than one job, don’t speak English, experience homelessness, live in rural areas, or suffer from chronic health, said Kiran Savage-Sangwan, executive director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. All are conditions that studies show disproportionately affect people of color. Learn more here.
– Adrianna Rodriguez
Indian Americans feel helpless as Indian family falls ill
13,000 kilometers away, New Jersey resident Radhika Iyengar worries about her 82-year-old mother in Bhopal, India.
Her mother is suffering from COVID-19 but cannot get a hospital bed or an oxygen tank as the pandemic reaches catastrophic levels. Iyengar remains in Millburn, New Jersey, distraught, unable to travel to India with much of the country in lockdown.
“It’s so overwhelming,” Iyengar said, amid sobs, in an interview this week. “Every house has COVIDs, sick people. People are dying in cars, in their homes.”
As a second wave of coronavirus ravages India, Indian Americans are trying to reach loved ones, organize relief efforts and quietly worry about loved ones caught in what has become the world’s worst epidemic.
Stories of the dead entangled in bureaucracy and blackouts have become woefully common in India, where deaths on Wednesday officially exceeded 200,000. The true death toll is believed to be much higher. The country of nearly 1.4 billion reported 362,757 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, shattering world records. That pushed the country’s total number of infections to more than 17.9 million, just behind U.S. health officials blamed new, more contagious strains of the virus.
“India is currently going through the worst health crisis,” said Sapna Gupta of Short Hills. “Almost everyone is affected by the virus. Many lose their loved ones and many cannot even say goodbye.” Learn more here.
– Mary Chao, NorthJersey.com
New cases of COVID-19 are mostly seen in young adults
Despite an increase in COVID-19 vaccinations and an overall drop in infections, San Bernardino County officials said a majority of new cases are seen in younger people between the ages of 18 and 49.
Data from the counties shows that confirmed cases in the age group total 161,680 cases, more than half of the 295,806 cases reported so far. The median age of coronavirus cases was 37 on Thursday.
“A considerable number of these people, many of whom are young and healthy, will suffer from the coronavirus, and some will require hospitalization,” Acting Director of Public Health Andrew Goldfrach said in a statement. “Some will even die – which is heartbreaking when you consider how easy it is to schedule a free vaccination appointment.”
The county trend appears to be part of a statewide pattern.
While people between the ages of 18 and 49 make up about 43% of California’s population, infections in this age group have accounted for more than 57% – or more than 2 million – of the state’s total confirmed cases, according to the California Department of Public Health.
And the state is not alone. Washington hospital officials have said a fourth wave of COVID-19 is increasingly burdened with young patients and some are suffering from more severe illness than when the pandemic began, the Seattle Times reported. And in Texas, executives report that young people are less likely to get vaccinated and therefore contract COVID more frequently.
– Martin Estacio, Victorville Daily Press
Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City will reopen on July 1
New York, its bars, restaurants and sights will have a “full reopening” on July 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
“We’re ready to bring New York City back to full on July 1, all systems are working because you deserve it,” de Blasio said. He said the Broadway shows might take longer because they were targeting a September return, but that “some of the smaller, more intimate shows, maybe we’ll be more like July, August, and we’ll move the heaven and earth towards help them achieve it. “
De Blasio said he expects at least 400,000 jobs lost due to the pandemic to return by the end of the year. The mayor cited the city’s vaccination rate as crucial to the effort, saying 6.4 million New Yorkers had already been trapped.
The city was among the hardest hit in the early stages of the pandemic, when long lines formed for emergency rooms and hospital ventilators. More than 32,000 New Yorkers have died and more than 900,000 have tested positive for the coronavirus.
“It will be the New York summer,” said de Blasio. “We’re all going to be able to enjoy the city again. And people are going to flock here from all over the country to be a part of this amazing time in New York City.”
Contribute: The Associated Press