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Emergency Room nurses tend to patients in a hallway at the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on August 18, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 for people in their 30s hit a record high this week, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Adults from ages 30 to 39 largely avoided hospitalizations from coronavirus during the early phases of the pandemic, but lagging vaccination numbers and highly active lives are driving hospitalizations in the age group, per the Journal.

Driving the news: Adults 30- to 39-years-old who were admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 hit about 2.5 per 100,000 people as of last Wednesday, compared with the previous peak of roughly 2 per 100,000 people in early January, the Journal said.

  • New hospital admissions of COVID-19 patients in their 30s hit 1,113 a day on average during the seven days ending Wednesday, up from 908 the prior seven days, the WSJ reports.
  • The increase in hospitalizations comes amid rising cases nationwide of the highly transmissible Delta variant.
  • Nationally, slightly less than half of those ages 25 to 39 are fully vaccinated, compared with 61% of all adults, according to CDC data.
  • "It loves social mobility,” Dr. James Fiorica, chief medical officer of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System in Florida, told the WSJ of the variant. "An unvaccinated 30-year-old can be a perfect carrier."

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Vaccines: Mix-and-matching gains momentum — Boosters overtake first doses in U.S. — Pfizer to vaccinate Brazilian cityPanel endorses J&J booster.
  2. Health: Age is still a huge coronavirus risk factor — Unvaccinated 11x more likely to die from COVID — 5x more police officers died from COVID than guns.
  3. Politics: Over 30 states limited public health powers — Pope Francis calls on companies to release vaccine patents — Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders.
  4. Education: Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states — LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations — Parent sues Wisconsin school district after child tests positive.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
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Supreme Court declines to block Maine health care workers vaccine mandate

A Maine health care worker prepares vaccine dose. Photo: Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an emergency appeal of a vaccine mandate for Maine health care workers.

The big picture: The mandate, which was announced in August by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, says that Maine health care workers need to be vaccinated by Oct. 29 or risk losing their jobs and not qualifying for unemployment benefits.

20 hours ago - Health

Virginia governor has had long COVID for more than a year

Gov. Ralph Northam. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam still has long COVID-19 symptoms more than a year after his initial infection, he said in an interview with the Virginian-Pilot.

Why it matters: The Democratic governor is one of millions of Americans suffering from symptoms of long COVID, which could have serious implications for employers and social programs if enough people can no longer work because of it, per Axios' Caitlin Owens.