COVID-19 UPDATE: Fauci Says 'Things Are Going To Get Worse'; RSV Attacks Children; Kane Is Now in 'Substantial' Level

COVID-19 UPDATE: Fauci Says ‘Things Are Going To Get Worse’; RSV Attacks Children; Kane Is Now in ‘Substantial’ Level



OVERVIEW: Fauci Says ‘Things Are Going To Get Worse’; RSV Attacks Children; Kane Is Now in ‘Substantial’ Level

Dr. Anthony Fauci said he didn’t believe the U.S. would return to lockdowns but warned that “things are going to get worse” as a more contagious variant of the coronavirus has led to a surge of new cases, according to the Wall Street Journal and multiple sources.

Health officials have expressed concern over a simultaneous rise in Delta infections and cases of a respiratory virus known as respiratory syncytial virus, or R.S.V., a highly contagious, flulike illness, that is typically more likely to affect children and older adults, the New York Times reports.

A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations set more than a year ago before vaccines were available, Yahoo News reports.

Kane County in Substantial Level



OVERVIEW: CDC May Recommend Masks For All; Vaccinated Could Have High Viral Loads But Few Symptoms; Some Call This a ‘Fifth Wave’


A new CDC study finds that B.1.617.2 (Delta) can lead to breakthrough infections. This means that while vaccinated people are much less likely to get sick, it will still happen in some cases. As the number of people who are vaccinated goes up, the number of breakthrough cases is also expected to increase, even as the vaccines remain highly effective.

Recommending masks for everyone and requiring vaccines for doctors and other health workers are among measures the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering, according to internal documents obtained by the Washington Post.

A new study shows the Delta COVID-19 variant produced similar amounts of virus in vaccinated and unvaccinated people if they get infected — illustrating a key motivation behind the federal guidance that now recommends most fully vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors, CNN reports.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pulling in extra help from across the agency to speed final approval of Pfizer/BioNtech’s coronavirus vaccine, an agency spokesperson told CNN Friday.

The emergence of the Delta variant coincides with what some public health officials are calling a “fifth wave” of COVID-19 infections, the Seattle Times reports.

KANE COUNTY: 62 New Cases, 0 Deaths Friday; Kane Just Barely Avoids ‘Substantial’ Level 

Kane County just barely avoided being categorized in the “substantial” level of COVID-19 infections, which would put the county under the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to wear masks at indoor settings.

According to today’s post on the CDC website, Kane’s level of transmission is 49.77 cases per 100,000 population, which keeps us in the “moderate” level. A county is considered in the “substantial” level at 50 to 100 cases per 100,000 population.

Kane County recorded 62 new cases of COVID-19 today, the most of any day for several weeks, bringing the total to 60,205 positive cases since the pandemic began.

There were no additional deaths, however, which means Kane has recorded just one COVID-related death in the past 18 days. The Kane County death toll is 816 since the pandemic began.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate ticked up again and is now at 4.4%.

Kane County now has 266,408 fully vaccinated residents, which account for 49.87% of the population.

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 11,682 New Cases, 39 Deaths Over Past Week; Cases Up 46% Over Last Week

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 11,682 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 39 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, July 23, 2021.

There were 2,348 new cases and eight additional deaths recorded today.

More than 74% of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 58% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,419,611 cases, including 23,440 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

Since reporting on Friday, July 23, 2021, laboratories have reported 289,433 specimens for a total of 26,823,562. As of last night, 903 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 167 patients were in the ICU and 62 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Cases of COVID-19 in Illinois have increased by 46% over last week and hospitalizations are up 35%, including increases in ICU admissions by 24% and a 41% increase of people with COVID-19 on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 23-29, 2021 is 4.0%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from July 23-29, 2021 is 4.7%.  However, regional seven-day test positivity averages range from 2.8% to 9.5%.

A total of 13,211,304 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight.  The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 22,064 doses. Since reporting on Friday, July 23, 2021, 154,447 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

*All data are provisional and will change.  Additional information and COVID-19 data can be found at

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