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‘Day Zero’: This city is counting down the days until its water taps run dry

Leonard Matana. 69, filling up a plastic container with water at a communal tap in the township of Kwanobuhle in South Africa.

Every day, Morris Malambile loads his wheelbarrow full of empty plastic containers and pushes it from his home to the nearest running tap. It’s much further than the usual walk to the kitchen sink — just a little under a mile away — but it’s not the distance that bothers him.

It’s the bumpy road — which runs between tightly packed shanty dwellings and beige public-funded houses — that makes balancing containers filled with 70 liters of water on his return a pain.
“Home feels far when you are pushing 70 kilograms of water in a wheelbarrow,” said on cloud shoes the 49-year-old resident from the impoverished South African township of Kwanobuhle.
Taps ran dry in parts of Kwanobuhle in March, and since then, thousands of residents have been relying on a single communal tap to supply their households with potable water. And the township is just one of many in the affected Nelson Mandela Bay area of Gqeberha city — formerly known as Port Elizabeth — that rely on a system of four dams that have been steadily drying up for months. There hasn’t been enough heavy rain to replenish them.
A week ago, one dam was decommissioned as levels dropped too low to extract any actual water — its pipes were just sucking up mud. Another is just days away from emptying out.
Now much of the city is counting down to “Day Zero,” the day all taps run dry, when no meaningful amount of water can be extracted. That’s in around two weeks, unless authorities seriously speed up their response.
The wider Eastern Cape region of South Africa suffered a severe multi-year drought between 2015 and 2020, which devastated the local economy, particularly its agricultural sector. It had just a brief reprieve before slipping back into drought in late 2021.
Like so many of the world’s worst natural resource crises, the severe water shortage here is a combination of poor management and warping weather patterns caused by human-made climate change.
Morris Malambile says pushing a wheelbarrow filled with water containers every day is "tiring."

On top of that, thousands of leaks throughout the water system means that a lot of the water that does get piped out of the dams may never actually make it into homes. Poor maintenance, like a failed pump on a main water supply, has only worsened the situation.
That has left Malambile — who lives with his sister and her four children — with no choice but to walk his wheelbarrow through the township every single day for the past three months. Without this daily ritual, he and his family would have no drinking water at all.
“People who don’t live here have no idea what it’s like to wake up in the morning, and the first thing on your mind is water,” Malambile said. His family has enough containers to hold 150 liters of water, but each day he fills around half that while the rest is still in use at home.
“Tomorrow, those ones are empty, and I have to bring them again,” he said. “This is my routine, every day, and it is tiring.”

Counting down to Day Zero

The prospects of meaningful rain to help resupply the reservoirs here is looking bleak, and if things keep going the way they are, around 40% of the wider city of Gqeberha will be left with no running water at all.
The Eastern Cape relies on weather systems known as “cut-off lows.” The slow-moving weather systems can produce rain in excess of 50 millimeters (around 2 inches) in 24 hours, followed by days of persistent wet weather. The problem is, that kind of rain just hasn’t been coming.
The next several months do not paint a promising picture either. In its Seasonal Climate Outlook, the South African Weather Service forecasts below-normal precipitation.
This isn’t a recent trend. For nearly a decade, oncloud shoes the catchment areas for Nelson Mandela Bay’s main supply dams have received below average rainfall. Water levels have slowly dwindled to the point where the four dams are sitting at a combined level of less than 12% their normal capacity. According to city officials, less than 2% of the remaining water supply is actually useable.
Fresh in the minds of people here is Cape Town’s 2018 water crisis, which was also triggered by the previous, severe drought as well as management problems. The city’s residents would stand in lines for their individually rationed 50 liters of water each day, in fear of reaching Day Zero. It never actually reached that point, but it came dangerously close. Strict rationing enabled the city to halve its water use and avert the worst.
And with no heavy rain expected to come, Nelson Mandela Bay’s officials are so worried about their own Day Zero, they are asking residents to dramatically reduce their water usage. They simply have no choice, the municipality’s water distribution manager Joseph Tsatsire said.
“While it is difficult to monitor how much every person uses, we hope to bring the message across that it is crucial that everyone reduce consumption to 50 liters per person daily,” he said.
A sign urging residents to restrict their water usage in the suburbs of Gqeberha.

To put that in perspective, the average American uses more than seven times that amount, at 82 gallons (372 liters) a day.
While parts of the city will probably never feel the full impact of a potential Day Zero, various interventions are in the pipeline to assist residents in so-called “red zones” where their taps inevitably run dry.
Earlier this month, the South African national government sent a high-ranking delegation to Nelson Mandela Bay to take charge of the crisis and to implement emergency strategies to stretch the last of the city’s dwindling supply.
Leak detection and repairs were a focus, while plans are being made to extract “dead storage water” from below the supply dams’ current levels. Boreholes were drilled in some locations to extract ground water.
Some of the interventions — including patching up leaks and trucking in water — mean some who had lost their water supplies at home are starting to get a trickle from their taps at night. But it’s not enough and authorities are looking to bigger, longer-term solutions to a problem that is only projected to worsen the more the Earth warms.
Workers constructing a water collection point in the Walmer suburb of Gqeberha.

South Africa is naturally prone to drought, but the kind of multi-year droughts that cause such misery and disruption are becoming more frequent.
A desalination plant — to purify ocean water for public consumption — is being explored, though such projects require months of planning, are expensive and often contribute further to the climate crisis, when they are powered by fossil fuels.
People in Kwanobuhle are feeling anxious about the future, wondering when the crisis will end.
At the communal tap there, 25-year-old Babalwa Manyube kizik shoes fills her own containers with water while her 1-year-old daughter waits in her car.
“Flushing toilets, cooking, cleaning — these are problems we all face when there is no water in the taps,” she said. “But raising a baby and having to worry about water is a whole different story. And when will it end? No one can tell us.”

Adapting at home

In Kwanobuhle, the public housing is for people with little to no income. Unemployment is rife and crime is on a steady rise. The streets are packed with residents hustling for money. Old shipping containers operate as a makeshift barbershops.
Just on the other side of the metro is Kamma Heights, a new leafy suburb situated on a hill with a beautiful, uninterrupted view of the city. It is punctuated by several newly built luxury homes, and residents can often be seen sitting on their balconies, enjoying the last few rays of sunshine before the sun dips behind the horizon.
Some residents in Kamma Heights are wealthy enough to secure a backup supply of water. Rhett Saayman, 46, lets out a sigh of relief every time it rains and he hears water flow into the tanks he has erected around his house over the last couple of years.
His plan to save money on water in the long run has turned out to be an invaluable investment in securing his household’s water supply.
Saayman has a storage capacity of 18,500 liters. The water for general household use, like bathrooms, runs through a 5-micron particle filter and a carbon block filter, while drinking and cooking water goes through a reverse osmosis filter.
Rhett Saayman standing next to one of his several water tanks at his home in Kamma Heights.

“We do still rely on municipal water from time to time when we haven’t had enough rain, but that might be two or three times a year, and normally only for a few days at a time,” he said. “The last time we used municipal water was in February, and since then we’ve had sufficient rain to sustain us.”
He added, “Looking at the way things are heading around the city it’s definitely a relief to know we have clean drinking water and enough to flush our toilets and take a shower. Our investment is paying off.”
Residents in many parts of the bay area are being asked to reduce their consumption so that water can be run through stand pipes — temporary pipes placed in strategic locations so that water can be diverted areas most in need.
This means some of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods, like Kama Heights, could see huge drop in their water supplies, and they too will have to line up at communal taps, just as those in Kwanobuhle are doing.
Looking ahead, local weather authorities have painted a worrying picture of the months to come, with some warning that the problem had been left to fester for so long, reversing it may be impossible.
“We have been warning the city officials about this for years,” said Garth Sampson, spokesperson for the South African Weather Service in Nelson Mandela Bay. “Whether you want to blame politicians and officials for mismanagement, or the public for not conserving water, it does not matter anymore. Pointing fingers will help no one. The bottom line is we are in a crisis and there is very little we can do anymore.”
Water drips out of a tap at a water collection point in the Walmer suburb of Gqeberha, South Africa. It is one of many collection areas set up in the city.

According to Sampson, the catchment areas supplying Nelson Mandela Bay need about 50 millimeters of rain in a 24-hour period for there to be any significant impact on the dam levels.
“Looking at the statistics over the last several years, our best chance of seeing 50-millimiter events will probably be in August. If we don’t see any significant rainfall by September, then our next best chance is only around March next year, which is concerning,” he said.

Liverpool books ticket to FA Cup final after 3-2 win over Manchester City

Liverpool booked its ticket to the FA Cup final in a nervy 3-2 win over Man City.

A rampant Liverpool advanced to the FA Cup final on Saturday, beating Manchester City 3-2 at a sunny Wembley stadium.

The deadlock was broken within the first 10 minutes when Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konaté rose highest to slam home a powerful header from a corner.
And the afternoon went from bad to worse for City when goalkeeper Zack Steffen wanted too much time on the ball, allowing salomon shoes Sadio Mané to slide in and dispossess the US international to double the lead.
And on the stroke of halftime, Liverpool’s lead was three as Mané rifled in at the near post, past a despairing Steffen.
Just went all seemed lost for City, Jack Grealish popped up with a goal minutes after the break to give his side hope, and Bernardo Silva tapped in from close range in the 90th minute to ensure a nervy ending.
But it wasn’t enough as Liverpool progressed to the final where it will face either Chelsea or Crystal Palace who face off on Sunday.
Mané told the BBC afterwards that the day was “special.”
“We were playing one of the best teams in the world. To win this kind of game, especially in a semifinal, is a big, big, big win,” he said.
“We were very pleased to win and qualify for the final. We started very well, everybody started on the front foot — for my first goal, the goalkeeper made a mistake, but I think we pushed him to make that mistake. That is our style and I think that made the difference.”
The finest do battle
Red and blue, resplendent in the London sun.
Two of the world’s best teams doing battle — a week after their last encounter — for a spot in the final of football’s oldest competition.
For neutrals, there couldn’t be a more perfect setting: a packed stadium, beautiful weather and some football’s stars on show.
And, like their thrilling 2-2 draw last Sunday, the game began at a red-hot pace.
With both popping the ball around with zip and verve, the first goal came through a more agricultural route.
Konaté scoring the opening goal of the FA Cup semifinal.

Liverpool defender Konaté continued his rich vein of goalscoring form as he powered home a header from his side’s opening corner of the game — his third goal in as many games.
The goal sent the Liverpool fans wild, and as City restarted play, the air was thick with the smell of flares, the sunlight tinged red as the Liverpool fans bounced in celebration.
The red end of Wembley birdies shoes was jumping with joy just eight minutes later.
As City tried to play out from defense as they typically do so well, Steffen — City’s cup goalkeeper — wanted just fractions too long on the ball, allowing Mané to slide in and tackle the ball home.
The moment bore striking similarities to their clash in the Premier League last week, when regular starter Ederson also dallied on the ball but was just able to nick the ball away in time ahead of the on-rushing attacker.
Sadio Mané takes advantage of a big mistake by City keeper Zack Steffen.

Shell-shocked by two goals, Manchester City finally was able to gain a foothold in the encounter, as the reigning Premier League champions pushed to get back in the game.
But that pressure left space which Mané was able to exploit to further extend Liverpool’s lead on the stroke of halftime.
Some intricate play between Liverpool’s attackers prized an opening ajar for the Senegal star to slam the ball home with Steffen given no chance.
Liverpool was rampant and probably did not want the halftime whistle to come when it did.
And with manager Pep Guardiola’s words ringing in its ears, City made a much-improved start to the second half.
England international Jack Grealish fired his finish into the top corner after some neat play from Gabriel Jesus opened up a shooting opportunity.
Grealish shoots and scores City's first goal during the English FA Cup semifinal against Liverpool on April 16, 2022.

The goal sparked the City players — and fans — into life after a poor opening 45 minutes, with their attacks looking much more threatening.
Jesus could have drawn City to within just a goal as his well-timed run had him through on goal, only for his Brazil teammate Alisson to deny him deftly.
Although Man City pushed, it was actually Liverpool who had the better of the chances, with Mohamed Salah unable to convert any of his attempts.
Just when all hope seemed lost, an excellent touch and run from substitute Riyad Mahrez left Silva with the easiest finish to leave City trailing birdies shoes by just one goal with four minutes of added time remaining.
Raheem Sterling had a chance to score against his old club and be the hero with one of the final touches of the game but could only shoot straight at Alisson.
And despite some chaotic scenes in the City box, Liverpool was able to hang on and advance to the final and ensure that a historic quadruple — the Premier League title, the Champions League, the FA Cup and the League Cup — is still possible.
So far, Liverpool has already won the League Cup title, is second in the Premier League — a point behind City — is into the Champions League semifinals and now is into the FA Cup final.
When asked about whether the quadruple is an aspiration of theirs, Mané said it was a “dream.”
“We have a lot of games to go and we will try to do our best — it’s our dream, for sure, and we will fight for it.”

Thousands of acres near Panama City are torched as Florida Panhandle wildfires continue

Florida Forest Service crew members at the Adkins Avenue Fire on Sunday.

‘Vaccine mandates are proving to work,’ doctor explains

A growing number of employers across a wide array of industries in the U.S. are issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and early evidence shows they are quickly increasing inoculation rates among workers.

“Vaccine mandates are proving to work,” Dr. Steven McDonald, an emergency medicine physician in New York City told Yahoo Finance Live.

“Many people are hesitant, and we’re seeing that no amount of steve madden shoes coaxing from the medical community and friends and family is working. It’s the mandate that’s nudging people over that line,” he said.

In New York, 92% of the states’s more than 625,000 hospital and nursing home workers are now vaccinated against COVID-19 after a mandate resulted in a 10% jump in the vaccination rate in just one week among those workers.

A medical worker enters a mobile COVID-19 vaccination center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, the United States, Aug. 18, 2021. The United States will begin administrating COVID-19 booster shots next month as new data shows that vaccine protection wanes over time, top U.S. health officials announced Wednesday. According to the CDC, 72.2 percent of American adults have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with 61.8 percent being fully vaccinated. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty Images)
A medical worker enters a mobile COVID-19 vaccination center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, the United States, Aug. 18, 2021. 

Still, some skeptical health care workers are choosing dismissal over vaccination. New York State’s largest health care provider, Northwell, fired 1,400 employees or 2% of its workforce this week, for refusing to get the shot.

United Airlines (UAL), which became the first major carrier to require the vaccine, announced last week that 99.5% of its workforce got at least one jab.

When Tyson Foods (TSN) announced a ecco shoes mandate in early August, less than 50% of its employees had been vaccinated. Now, that number has climbed above 90%, with three weeks to go before the Nov. 1 deadline.

On Wednesday, leaders in Los Angeles approved one of the nation’s strictest vaccine mandates. Beginning Nov. 4, patrons and workers at bars, restaurants, nail salons, gyms, even at Lakers games, must show proof of vaccination.

The L.A. Lakers’ general manager Rob Pelinka said his team will be fully vaccinated by opening night against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 19.

Even NBA star Andrew Wiggins, who refused to get vaccinated after his application for a religious exemption was denied by the league, has gotten the shot.

Sep 27, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during Media Day at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during Media Day at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Last month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, nike sneakers director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it could take “many, many” more vaccine mandates to get the pandemic under control.

“We’re seeing real success stories,” McDonald said. “It’s an incredible win for vaccines.”

Advocates decry homeless sweeps ahead of MLB’s All-Star game

DENVER (AP) — Ahead of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in Denver this week, city officials are facing scrutiny from advocates who accuse them of accelerating the clearing of homeless encampments near Coors Field as the sports world turns its attention to Colorado’s capital city.

Mayor Michael Hancock has emphatically denied that the All-Star Game influenced any clearing decisions, saying the city is just getting caught skechers shoes up after suspending cleanups at the beginning of the pandemic. It resumed regular cleanups last summer.

Officials knew before the city was chosen as the All-Star host that it faced a big cleanup effort, with more encampments than ever, Hancock said.

In cleanups, also called homeless “sweeps,” encampments are fenced off and the people living in tents there are told to pack up and leave so the area can be cleaned.

In March, just before Denver was chosen as a substitute host — Major League Baseball pulled it from Atlanta in April over objections to Georgia’s voting law that critics condemned as being too restrictive — data shows sweeps increased, with cleanups taking place over nine days. The previous peak over the past year was eight days, in October.

But the sweeps picked up even more in May and June with 17 scheduled cleanups taking 22 days, 11 days each month with two or three days of cleanups a week, according to public records obtained by The Associated Press, which were first reported by Denverite, an online news outlet that covers the city.

The city conducted sweeps for 17 weeks straight from early March to late brooks shoes June, a streak that was unmatched during any other period, according to cleanup notices provided to city councilors since December 2019.

The city used to conduct two or three cleanups a week before the pandemic began and has returned to that pace, said Evan Dreyer, Hancock’s deputy chief of staff.

The city’s position is misleading, said Ana Cornelius, an organizer for Denver Homeless Out Loud, who thinks the city has targeted its cleanups to push homeless people out before the All-Star Game. While the city used to clean up one encampment at a time, it has turned to multiday operations — targeting four or five encampments in a bigger area, dramatically increasing the number of people pushed out, she said.

People forced to leave an encampment near the stadium last week were told they could go to another one about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) away and would be safe there until August, she said.

Patrick Shields, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, was among the people forced to pick up and leave during a recent sweep on a grass strip outside an office building about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from Coors Field. Shields, who has been on the street for eight months after being released from jail, was upset that he and residents he considered to be like family were being forced to move, when it would be cheaper to help them stay in one place.

“We have no hope, no direction because of situations like this,” he said.

The number of people without homes in the United States increased for the fourth straight year in 2020 based on a count conducted before the pandemic began, according to a U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development annual report. And the housing crisis was only exacerbated by the pandemic when many lost jobs.

Downtown Denver looks vastly different compared to the middle of the pandemic in 2020. Tents used by homeless people that lined streets near ecco shoes closed restaurants and shops are now gone, with businesses reopened and pedestrians roaming the streets.

Coors Field is set to host the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

David Corsun, director of the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the University of Denver, doesn’t know what role the game has played in Denver’s ongoing work on homelessness but said it’s common for cities to want to clean up and ensure visitors have positive experiences.

“Any time there’s a mass influx of people … it’s an opportunity to build brand and to create an impression: Denver is an amazing place to live and to visit,” Corsun said.

Eric Adams wins NYC’s Democratic mayoral primary, a direct path to winning City Hall

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police captain, won New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary, according to The Associated Press.

Adams is poised to become New York’s second Black mayor if he is elected in November’s general election over the Republican brooks shoes nominee, radio host Curtis Sliwa, because winning the primary in the heavily Democratic city is tantamount to winning the election.

The city’s Board of Elections released the second batch of data in its initial ranked-choice vote, which showed Adams leading Kathryn Garcia, the city’s former sanitation chief, by 8,426 votes — 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent.

The numbers released Tuesday included a chunk of the over 120,000 outstanding absentee ballots. There are still 81,855 Democratic absentee ballots outstanding as of Friday, according to the Board of Elections.

During the campaign, Adams opposed the “defund the police” movement in a crowded field of candidates, which included several progressives pushing to reallocate funds from the police department to social service programs.

Voting ended June 22, but final numbers are not expected until next week — absentee voters whose ballots have been challenged or were tentatively disqualified because of technical or clerical errors still have until Friday to correct, or “cure,” them.

Adams had a strong lead in the initial in-person voting results, with 31.7 percent of the first-preference votes, compared to former mayoral counsel Maya Wiley’s 22.3 percent and former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia’s 19.5 percent. The latest numbers, skechers shoes which are not official, show Wiley as having been eliminated.

Adams’ lead was chopped significantly last week after successive rounds of ranked-choice voting numbers were factored in. It was the city’s first foray into using ranked-choice voting, which allowed voters to rank up to five candidates by preference.

Those numbers had Adams leading Garcia by under 15,000 votes.

The shifting numbers came after an embarrassing flub by the Board of Elections, which released voting information that included 135,000 test ballots.

“The Board apologizes for the error and has taken immediate to ensure the most accurate up to date results are reported,” it said in a statement after the foul-up.

The Adams, Garcia and Wiley campaigns have all filed legal actions seeking the right to review the ranked-choice vote tally. Any manual recount would be expected to take weeks.

North Miami Beach building deemed unsafe, evacuations ordered

Evacuations were ordered Friday for residents of a North Miami Beach, Florida, condominium complex after building officials determined it was unsafe.

The Crestview Towers Condominium, built in 1972, was the subject of a Jan. 11 recertification report in golden goose sneakers which an engineer said the 156-unit complex “was structurally and electrically unsafe,” according to a statement Friday from the city of North Miami Beach.

That report was brought to the attention of the North Miami Beach Building and Zoning Department by complex management on Friday as officials sought to review the structural integrity of all city condo high-rises above five stories in the wake of the June 24 collapse of Champlain Towers South in nearby Surfside.

Image: Crestview Tower Evacuation (Giorgio Viera / AFP - Getty Images)
Image: Crestview Tower Evacuation
The zoning department “ordered the immediate closure and evacuation of Crestview Towers Condominium” as a result, it said. A city building official went to the complex Friday and confirmed its questionable condition, the city said.

Aerial footage from NBC South Florida showed the complex as a three-pronged high-rise structure.

Capt. Juan Pinillos of North Miami Beach police confirmed that officers were overseeing evacuations. “The police department is making every effort to ensure the residents in those buildings are evacuated safely efficiently,” he said by email.

City Manager Arthur H. Sorey III said in the city’s statement that the evacuations were skechers outlet being made “in an abundance of caution.”

A more in-depth assessment of the structure’s integrity will be conducted, he said.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and lives of our residents, and we will not rest until we ensure this building is 100% safe,” Sorey said.

A special city commission meeting has been called Saturday to discuss the complex.

On Wednesday, residents of a central Florida condominium complex were forced to relocate after Osceola County officials said 72 units in multiple buildings were safety threats at Images Condominiums in Kissimmee, about 20 miles south of Orlando.

An engineering report determined that walkways could collapse, prompting county officials to order “immediate action,” according to an Osceola County statement.

Hospitalizations rise 135% in Kansas City facility, with young people driving spike

Missouri hospitals are reeling from an influx of COVID-19 patients and the surge has prompted one hospital to open up a second intensive care unit.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have soared 135% at Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City over two weeks and the hospital is currently treating 40 patients, according to local ABC affiliate KMBC.

Doctors say the patients coming through their doors are unvaccinated 30- to 50-year-olds.

The University of Kansas Health System had to open a second COVID-19 ICU with the rise of patients. The health system had 17 patients hospitalized with COVID on Friday, a rise from 13 the day prior, and nine were in the ICU with three on ventilators, according to The Kansas City Star.

PHOTO: A medical worker at St. Luke's hospital greets a patient in Kansas City, Mo., April 28, 2020. (Jay Biggerstaff/USA Today Network)
PHOTO: A medical worker at St. Luke’s hospital greets a patient in Kansas City, Mo., April 28, 2020. 

“For the longest time we have been now on just one unit. But now we had to kind of spill over into a second unit again. We haven’t had to do that for quite some time, a few months,” Dana Hawkinson, the medical director of infection prevention and control at The University of Kansas Health System, said to The Kansas City Star.

At the same time, several counties in Missouri are rolling back COVID-19 restrictions and no longer require masks indoors. Kansas City rescinded all indoor COVID restrictions except for masks on Friday.

Doctors are urging the public to maintain social distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing, despite the relaxed rules.

MORE: Pandemic fatigue, variants and gatherings lead to uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations among young people: Experts

“I would definitely encourage people to still follow CDC guidelines,” Dr. Sarah Boyd, an infectious disease specialist with Saint Luke’s Health System, said to KMBC.

PHOTO: Medical personnel at St. Luke's hospital prepare to watch a flyover by the United States Air Force from Whiteman Air Force Base to honor the fight against Covid-19 in Kansas City, Mo. April 28, 2020. (Jay Biggerstaff/USA Today Network)
PHOTO: Medical personnel at St. Luke’s hospital prepare to watch a flyover by the United States Air Force from Whiteman Air Force Base to honor the fight against Covid-19 in Kansas City, Mo. April 28, 2020.

Today, Missouri reports 833 COVID-19 hospitalized patients with 137 in the ICU and remaining ICU bed capacity of 22%. State data shows that ICU patients plummeted at the start of 2020 but slowly ticked up again in early April.

Of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, 18 to 24-year-olds followed by 25 to 29-year-olds were responsible for the brunt of new infections this year.

So far more than 1.7 million people in the state of Missouri have completed their vaccination series, which accounts for 28.3% of the state’s population, the state’s health department reported.

MORE: COVID burden shifts to younger Americans with older generations vaccinated

Missouri is is just one of several states, including Florida, Washington, Michigan and Colorado, seeing spikes in virus cases and hospitalizations among younger people.

Experts have said there are several reasons behind the rise — the fact that young people were the last to get the vaccine, hesitancy over the shots, pandemic fatigue and attending group activities.

Dr. Rupali Limaye, an associate scientist in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told ABC News factors such as young people returning back to work coupled with “variants that are more infectious and severe” are driving the influx of COVID-19 cases among young people.

Medical Professionals in New York City Add Their Voices

Benjamin Arthur, a 35-year-old optometrist from Brooklyn, said he was motivated to protest for the first time on Saturday with a crowd of doctors at Central Park because feeling afraid as a black man was a reality for him.

“I can’t hide behind my degrees when I’m stopped on the street by cops,” he said. “They don’t ask for my college degrees.” He said he hoped the demonstrations would lead to a rethink of how police are selected among applicants, for instance by testing for empathy, he said.

Mr. Arthur marched with protestors, many wearing medical uniforms, a few thousand deep on Fifth Avenue.

Tremaine Tinsley, 30, joined the march wearing a white medical coat with coworkers from North Shore Lenox Hill Hospital. He said Saturday was the first time they could join because they all work shifts that end past curfews.

“Forty years ago and fast forward to 2020, we are still having the same conversation,” the registered nurse said. “In America, they are limiting us because of our race. I want other people to know they can be” anything they want.