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Indiana coronavirus updates for Monday, July 19, 2021

Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Monday, July 19, 2021.

INDIANAPOLIS — Here are Monday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Registrations for the vaccine are now open for Hoosiers 12 and older through the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated over the course of the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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American Academy of Pediatrics in favor of in-person schooling, masks for all

As the nation gears up to send children back to school in the fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidance Monday on how to return to the classroom safely. Among its top recommendations are potentially requiring COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine proof, and masks for anyone over the age of two, including those who are fully vaccinated.

The recommendations deviate from those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which updated its recommendations earlier this month to say that vaccinated students and staff don't need to wear masks in school. The CDC also isn't advising schools to require shots for teachers and vaccine-eligible students.

The AAP didn't go so far as recommending requiring a vaccine, but did said that it may become necessary for school districts to do so in the future.

One of the main reasons the AAP is recommending masks for everyone in schools this fall is because so many students are under 12 years old and therefore not eligible to be vaccinated. The AAP says that aspect combined with the difficulty of being able to police and track who is and isn't vaccinated and potential vaccine hesitancy are all reasons why everyone, not just the unvaccinated, should wear face coverings in schools.

US women's gymnastics team alternate tests positive for COVID-19

An alternate on the U.S women's gymnastics team has tested positive for COVID-19 just days before the Tokyo Olympics are set to begin, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee said Monday.

Family members and a coach confirmed to multiple media outlets that Kara Eaker, from Grain Valley, Missouri, was the team member who tested positive for COVID-19. Eaker's dad confirmed that she was fully vaccinated, so it's a breakthrough case of COVID-19. So far she has no symptoms.

Olympic champion Simone Biles was not affected, nor were any of the other favorites to win the team gold, but another alternate was placed into isolation because of contact tracing, USA Gymnastics said Monday.

Coach Al Fong confirmed to USA Today that Leanne Wong is the other replacement member of the team who has to isolate, but has tested negative.

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Indianapolis Zoo primates, big cats to get COVID-19 vaccine

Some of the animals at the Indianapolis Zoo are going to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

A spokesperson with the Indianapolis Zoo confirmed the primates and big cats will receive the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developed by Zoetis, which was approved for cats and dogs.

The vaccine doses are scheduled to arrive to the zoo sometime this summer.

State reports 4,600 more fully vaccinated, 0 additional deaths

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 4,600 more Hoosiers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Monday morning, bringing the total number of Hoosiers who are fully vaccinated to 2,888,389. 

ISDH reported 285 new positive tests for COVID-19, along with no new deaths reported. As of July 18, 13,525 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19. 

Indiana has administered more than 11 million coronavirus tests, which includes multiple tests of the same individual. The total number of unique individuals who have tested positive is now 761,472.

With pandemic worsening in US, surgeon general worried

The U.S. surgeon general says he's worried about what lies ahead with cases of COVID-19 increasing in every state, millions still unvaccinated and a highly contagious virus variant spreading rapidly. 

Dr. Vivek Murthy painted an unsettling picture of the future during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. 

U.S. cases of COVID-19 last week increased by 17,000 nationwide over a 14-day period for the first time since late fall, and an increase in death historically follows a spike in illness. Murthy says much of the worsening problem is being driven by the delta variant first identified in India.

Latest US, world numbers

There have been more than 34.07 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 12:30 a.m. ET Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been 609,000 deaths in the U.S.

Worldwide, there have been more than 190.379 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 4.08 million deaths. More than 3.62 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.

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Japan girds for a surreal Olympics, and questions are plenty

Tens of thousands of visiting athletes, officials and media are descending on Japan for a Summer Olympics unlike any other. There will be no foreign fans, no local fans in Tokyo-area venues. 

A surge of virus cases has led to yet another state of emergency. And a local vaccination campaign is struggling to keep up. As athletes and their entourages arrive, they’ll be confined to a bubble. 

Government minders and GPS will try to track visitors’ every move; booze will be curtailed or banned, and, through it all, there will be the inescapable knowledge of the suffering COVID has brought here and around the world. It will all add up to an utterly surreal Olympics.

Bangladesh lifts lockdown to celebrate, exasperating experts

Millions of Bangladeshis are shopping and traveling this week during a controversial eight-day pause in the country’s strict coronavirus lockdown that the government is allowing for the Islamic festival Eid-al Adha. 

The suspension has been panned by health experts as it comes as the country is still battling a surge fueled by the highly contagious delta variant and risks an explosion in new cases. 

The result has been crowds of people jamming into malls and markets to do their holiday shopping and others thronging ports and bus stations as they try to make their way to their rural hometowns.