COVID-19 UPDATES: 3 Deaths, 303 New Cases in Kane County; 4,871 New Cases Statewide; 5 State Have Less Than 10% ICU Bed Capacity

COVID-19 UPDATES: 3 Deaths, 303 New Cases in Kane County; 4,871 New Cases Statewide; 5 State Have Less Than 10% ICU Bed Capacity

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OVERVIEW: More Than 101,000 Americans Hospitalized; Vaccine Opposition Drops Dramatically; Canada Joins ‘Reconsider Travel’ List

With more than 101,000 Americans now hospitalized with COVID-19, the U.S. is steadily approaching its hospitalization peak from early January, when more than 125,000 patients were hospitalized at one time, according to federal data, ABC News reports.

The latest Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, released Tuesday, finds only one in five Americans say they’re not likely to get vaccinated, the lowest level since the start of the index. The percentage of Americans who stand in hard opposition to getting the vaccine has also dropped to its lowest reported levels at 14% of U.S. adults, according to a post by USA Today.

The U.S. State Department has raised its travel advisory alert for Canada to a “level  3 – reconsider travel” status amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it said in a statement on Tuesday. (Reuters report)

Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Florida and Arkansas have less than 10% left of their ICU bed capacity, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services.

KANE COUNTY: 303 New Cases, 3 Deaths; Test Positivity 4.9%

Kane County today recorded its highest single-day case count in some time — 303 — as well as three additional COVID-19 deaths.

The totals are now 63,236 positive cases and 828 deaths from the virus.

Despite higher totals in daily cases counts in recent days, the county’s seven-day test positivity rate continues to go down, again largely due to the significantly higher numbers of people getting tested. The county’s seven-day rate dropped to 4.9% today.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 53.44% of Kane County residents are fully vaccinated.

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 4,871 New Cases, 26 Deaths; Region 8 ICU Capacity Drops to 21%

The Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties) ICU bed capacity is staying above the state’s 20% threshold — but just barely. According to the IDPH, ICU bed capacity among hospitals in our region has dropped to 21%.

Statewide, there were 4,871 new COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths recorded today. Totals are 1,522,942 positive cases and 23,953 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.

About 52.90% of Illinoisans are fully vaccinated.

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