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Ban on the “passport” of vaccines enacted in Alabama; Rhode Island struggles over marijuana legalization deal

Covid and other public health news are reported in Alabama, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New Hampshire, Oregon, New York and Colorado.

The Hill: Alabama Governor Signs Vaccine Passport Bill

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (right) on Monday signed a bill prohibiting private companies and public institutions from requiring COVID-19 “vaccine passports”. As the Montgomery Advertiser reports, the bill passed Alabama State House 76-16 a week ago. The legislation states that public entities such as schools “may not issue vaccines or vaccination passports, vaccine or vaccination passes, or any other standardized document for the purpose of certifying the vaccination status of a person. individual, or otherwise require the publication or sharing of immunization records or similar health information for an individual. (Choi, 5/24)

Politico: Legalization push faces crisis in Rhode Island

Rhode Island lawmakers are running out of time to strike a deal on legalizing marijuana. With less than six weeks to go to the legislative session and budget negotiations poised to take center stage in Providence, cannabis supporters are hopeful that a new proposal from Democratic Representative Scott Slater will spur lawmakers to act. “I really think there is enough time to sort this out,” Slater, a longtime champion of establishing a regulated adult market in the state, said in an interview this week. “It’s not like it’s something that came out of nowhere. We have debated and held hearings on this for a number of years. (Demko, 5/24)

NBC News: Catholic pastor in Wisconsin who preached against Covid-19 vaccine ordered to resign

The pastor of a Catholic parish in Wisconsin who told his congregation to avoid the Covid-19 vaccine and preached right-wing politics from the pulpit was invited by his bishop to resign. Reverend James Altman of St. James the Less Catholic Church in La Crosse made the announcement during his Sunday Mass sermon, calling himself a victim of the “culture of cancellation.” (Siemaszko, 5/24)

The Washington Post: DC, Maryland, Virginia Vaccines overtake the nation as a whole

Coronavirus vaccination rates in the DC region are increasing, and measures of covid-19 continue to decline: the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are now only a small fraction of what they were at most height of the pandemic this winter. But the threat of infection still hangs over the unvaccinated, and government officials and health experts warn the risk increases as mask warrants and other pandemic restrictions are removed. (Fadulu, 5/24)

UMF public media: Florida passes vaccination course, but lags behind other states

About five months after the shooting started, more than 10 million people in Florida received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a report released Sunday by the state Department of Health. The report showed that 7,965,477 people who had received injections – nearly 80% of the total of 10,005,987 – were considered fully vaccinated because they had received two doses of vaccines produced by the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose vaccine produced by Johnson. & Johnson. (Saunders, 5/24)

AP: Maryland holding 1st lottery draw to promote vaccines

Maryland is holding the first of its $ 40,000 lottery draws for people vaccinated against COVID-19. Tuesday’s draw is the first of 40 consecutive days of draws for a prize of $ 40,000. On July 4, a final draw will be for a prize of $ 400,000. The total prize pool is $ 2 million to encourage people to get vaccinated. The draws will be made using a computer program that randomly selects a number from the range of numbers provided to the lottery by the Maryland Health Department. (5/25)

New Hampshire union leader: Sullivan County nursing home COVID-19 outbreak widens

The COVID-19 outbreak at the Sullivan County nursing home in Unity continues, with now 21 positive cases among residents. County director Derek Ferland said on Monday almost the entire resident population had been vaccinated against COVID-19. “We are not the first in the world to see people catch COVID after being vaccinated,” Ferland said. “This is what has just been in the midst of a pandemic.” (Fisherman, 5/24)

Oregonian: Coronavirus in Oregon: 25% drop in weekly cases; Multnomah County gears up to ease restrictions

The Oregon Health Authority on Monday reported two deaths from COVID-19 and 284 cases of the coronavirus as the state’s most populous county prepares to ease trade restrictions this week. Gov. Kate Brown is expected to announce Tuesday that Multnomah County can ease capacity limits starting Thursday, the same day the Portland Trail Blazers host their first playoff game against the Denver Nuggets. The county qualifies for increased capacity at many businesses as 65% of residents 16 and older are now at least partially vaccinated. (Schmidt, 5/24)

UMF public media: COVID-19 positivity rate in Florida remains below 4%

On a day when Florida reported crossing the 10 million coronavirus vaccination mark, the positivity rate for new cases remained below 4%. Sunday’s positivity rate was 3.91% out of 61,949 tests. This is the 13th consecutive day that the positivity rate is less than 5%. Saturday’s 3.55% rate was the lowest since October 11. Health experts say rates consistently below 5% could indicate community transmission is under control. (Schreiner, 5/24)

North Carolina Health News: Public comments on Cone-Sentara merger arrive

As North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein considers intervening in the proposed merger between Cone Health of Greensboro and Sentara Healthcare, based in Virginia, he has received many contributions from both sides of the issue. The state’s Justice Department’s month-long public comment period drew more than 40 responses between late March and April 28, including one from a Cone Health doctor telling Stein that the proposed marriage of the two major health systems was a bad idea. (wireframe, 5/25)

The Baltimore Sun: How Danielle Torain, Director of the Baltimore Open Society Institute, Tackles Disparities in COVID Vaccine Distribution

Originally from Baltimore, Danielle Torain, 37, knew she wanted to give back to the city that shaped it. Torain, who lives in West Baltimore, is the director of the Open Society Institute, a foundation that aims to serve the needs of marginalized neighborhoods and communities of color. When she started as Director of OSI in January 2020, Torain wanted to tackle initiatives that tackle economic inequalities and the digital divide, but within two months her attention was forced to focus on relief from COVID-19. (Turner, 5/25)

KHN: Colorado lawmakers lead multi-sided attack on high drug costs

Tired of waiting for federal action to cut prescription drug costs, Colorado is acting on its own, even if it has to do so with an arm tied behind its back. Unable to price or change patent protections, the state is exploring creative legislative and administrative approaches to reduce out-of-pocket costs for drugs. While none of the efforts alone will result in wide and deep cuts, state officials believe that the combined impact of the various measures could save the Coloradans between 20% and 40% in reimbursable costs. . (Hawryluk, 5/25)

AP: California chicken factory cited in past virus outbreak

California cited and fined a Foster Farms chicken processing plant that suffered a fatal coronavirus outbreak last year, saying the company failed to protect its workers. The fine of $ 181,500 imposed by the state’s Occupational Health and Safety Division is one of the highest quotes issued during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sacramento Bee reported on Monday. A representative for Foster Farms told the newspaper the company “has no comment” on the quotes. (5/25)

AP: In New York’s furthest neighborhood, vaccine is a tough sell

If there is one place where people could fear the coronavirus more than a vaccination needle, it is the Far Rockaway section of Queens: nearly 460 residents of the seaside district have died from COVID-19. It’s one in 146 people who live there, making it one of New York City’s highest death rates. And yet, no other place in the city has a lower percentage of people vaccinated. (Lajka, 25/5)

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