Hospitals across New England are reporting full intensive care units and staff shortages as a result of COVID- related illnesses that are starting to impact care, despite the region having the highest vaccination rates in the country.
Public officials say the record case counts, hospitalizations and deaths that rival pre-vaccine peaks are largely among the unvaccinated and are pleading with the part of the population to get the shots, according to the Associated Press.
The death toll in the Northeast reached 45 on Thursday following the remnants of Hurricane Ida hitting the coast.
Those who were killed ranged geographically from Maryland to Connecticut, the Associated Press reported. At least 12 of those dead were in New York City, with 11 dying in flooded basement apartments and one in a car.
Friday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed CEO and Editor in Chief of local publisher New England Review Press Rebecca Bynum in studio to discuss her new book coming out in May called Stones of Contention by Timothy Ives which deals with the current debate of stone formations found in a New England forest.