COVID-19 UPDATE: Cases Surging in Tokyo; Delta Symptoms More Like a Cold; Southwest Illinois Sees Spike

COVID-19 UPDATE: Cases Surging in Tokyo; Delta Symptoms More Like a Cold; Southwest Illinois Sees Spike

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OVERVIEW: Tokyo Could Be in COVID Emergency During Olympics; Delta Variant Now Is More Than Half of New Cases

Tokyo’s surging COVID-19 cases likely means a new state of emergency through the Olympics, which take place July 23 through Aug. 8, ESPN reports.

The more-transmissible Delta COVID-19 strain accounted for more than half of the coronavirus cases in the U.S. between June 20 and July 3, according to new data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Tuesday.

Health officials say the Delta variant is harder to diagnose, because the symptoms do not follow the most common COVID-19 symptoms. While the loss of taste and smell was a telltale sign of the coronavirus throughout the pandemic, the Delta presents symptoms similar to allergies or colds, like a runny nose or sore throat.

COVID-19 KANE COUNTY: 8 New Cases, No Deaths Wednesday

There were just eight new Kane County COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths today in Kane County, according to data posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

The Kane County totals to date are 59,605 positive cases and 812 deaths related to the virus.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate remained at 1.4%.

There are now 255,288 fully vaccinated residents of Kane County, accounting for 47.79% of the total population.

COVID-19 STATE OF ILLINOIS: 462 New Cases, 6 Deaths Wednesday; Downstate Test Positivity Up to 5.1%

NBC 5 reports that areas in the southwestern portion of the state that share a border with hard-hit Missouri are seeing rapid increases in positivity rates and hospitalizations.

Region 4, which borders St. Louis, has seen a massive jump in positivity rates in recent weeks. According to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the region had a 1.5% positivity rate on all tests on June 6. Less than a month later, that positivity rate has now more than tripled, currently standing at 5.1%.

It’s not a big number, but Kane-DuPage Region 8’s test positivity rate has ticked up over the past few days, going from 0.9% to 1.2%. One reason for that is fewer people are getting tested.

The IDPH reported 462 new COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths in data posted on its website.

The statewide totals to date are 1,394,235 positive cases and 23,278 deaths.

There are 6,235,156 fully vaccinated Illinoisans, according to the IDPH website. That’s 48.94% of the population.

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