COVID-19 UPDATE: Top 4 U.S. COVID Hotspots as Fourth of July Approaches; Germany Recommends Mixing Vaccines; Illinois Sees 2,120 New Cases This Week

COVID-19 UPDATE: Top 4 U.S. COVID Hotspots as Fourth of July Approaches; Germany Recommends Mixing Vaccines; Illinois Sees 2,120 New Cases This Week

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OVERVIEW: COVID Hotspots Include California, Nevada, Missouri, Arkansas; Germany Recommends Mixing COVID Vaccines

The German Standing Committee on Vaccination is strongly advising that people mix COVID-19 vaccines, saying that people who receive a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine “should get an mRNA vaccine as their second dose, regardless of their age.”

Now that the Delta coronavirus variant is posing a serious risk to unvaccinated Americans, some experts are calling for the Food and Drug Administration to fully approve the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which are currently being used under emergency use authorization.

COVID-19 hotspots are emerging across the country, fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant and lagging vaccination rates, in California, Nevada, Missouri and Arkansas, according to ABC News.

KANE COUNTY: 5 New Cases; 0 COVID-19 Deaths Friday

Kane County recorded one of its lowest Friday increases in COVID-19 cases and deaths on this Friday before the Fourth of July.

According to data posted by the Illinois Department of Public Health, there were five new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths reported Friday.

The totals to date are 59,564 positive cases and 811 deaths since the pandemic began.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate remains at 1.5%.

IDPH data shows 253,505 Kane County residents are fully vaccinated, accounting for 47.45% of the total population. According to the Centers for Disease Control County Data Tracker, 55.1% of the Kane County population age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

The IDPH Jurisdiction-Specific Age Demographics page shows 86.59% of Kane County residents age 65 and older and 61.45% of Kane residents age 26 to 64 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

ILLINOIS: 2,120 New Cases, 54 Deaths Over Past Week

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 2,120 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 54 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, June 25, 2021.

Almost 72% (71.8%) of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 56% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,392,552 cases, including 23,245 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

Since reporting on Friday, June 25, 2021, laboratories have reported 234,527 specimens for a total of 25,868,855.  As of last night, 424 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 97 patients were in the ICU and 35 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from June 25 – July 1, 2021 is 0.9%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from June 25 – July 1, 2021 is 1.1%.

“Celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend while exercising appropriate caution,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “While many events are outside, it is still important for unvaccinated people to take precautions and, when necessary, avoid large crowds where social distancing is not possible.  For indoor events, unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks, and vaccinated individuals may choose to do so as well as the more virulent strain of COVID-19, Delta variant, increases in Illinois.”

A total of 12,648,167 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 41,150 doses.  Since reporting on Friday, June 25, 2021, 288,050 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

*All data are provisional and will change.  Additional information and COVID-19 data can be found at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19.

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