As COVID-19 outbreaks continue to rise in red states with low vaccination rates, Kay Ivey, Republican Governor of Alabama, has concluded that “it is time to start blaming unvaccinated people” for the continued hospitalizations and deaths. “People are supposed to have common sense,” an exasperated Ivey said while speaking to reporters in Birmingham on Thursday. “The new cases of COVID are due to unvaccinated people. Almost 100% of new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated people. And deaths certainly occur with unvaccinated people. “She went on to say that the unvaccinated are” choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain “adding that the vaccine is” the greatest weapon we have to fight COVID. “But When asked how the government can reverse this latest spike in COVID, Ivey, who said he received the vaccine in December, responded with resignation. “I’ve done everything I know how to do,” he said. “I can encourage you to do something, but I can’t make you take care of yourself. ”
Over the past week, Alabama’s daily COVID cases saw a 70% increase, and the state had the highest hospitalization rate since April. by state data reported by The Washington Post. Most Alabama residents they are not vaccinated. The number of Alabama residents who choose to get the vaccine has also dropped dramatically. The number of jabs delivered statewide peaked at about 45,000 in April, but as this month draws to a close, only 6,118 residents have He received dose as of July 21. “The number of reported COVID-19 cases in Alabama has increased 39% from June 26, 2021 to July 9, 2021,” said the Alabama Department of Public Health. Announced in a COVID-19 press release on July 15. “As of July 14, 2021, 341 people were reported to have been hospitalized as a result of the COVID-19 illness. On July 3, 2021, 179 people were hospitalized for COVID-19. The increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are the result of low vaccination rates and unvaccinated people not following preventive measures. “
In Texas, another Republican-led state going through a new wave of COVID cases, the state’s Republican leadership is taking a totally non-intervention approach amid the spread of the delta variant of the virus. Governor Greg abbott sure Texans this week that a new “mask mandate” will not be imposed, and the reasons for that are very clear. There are so many people who have immunity to COVID, either through vaccination, or through their own exposure and recovery, which would be acquired immunity. “Abbott went on to state that it is” inappropriate to require that people who already have immunity wear a mask. “
Despite the fact that only about 43% of Texans are fully vaccinated, Abbott has also said it will end any further attempts to reactivate pandemic lockdown measures. “There is no more time for government mandates,” he said Tuesday, adding that now is the “time for individual responsibility.” Over the past week, the state’s coronavirus test positivity rate surpassed 10%, according to The Texas Tribune, which is the highest rate Texas has seen since February.
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