COVID-19 UPDATES: KCHD Ready For September Booster-Shot Surge; Local Test Positivity Rises To 7.2%; 3,833 New Cases Statewide; Feds Will Challenge State Mask Bans

COVID-19 UPDATES: KCHD Ready For September Booster-Shot Surge; Local Test Positivity Rises To 7.2%; 3,833 New Cases Statewide; Feds Will Challenge State Mask Bans



OVERVIEW: Boosters Will Roll Out in September; Fed Civil Rights Office Could Stop States From Banning Masks; White-Tailed Deer Test Positive

Biden administration officials on Wednesday strongly recommended booster shots for Americans who received the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines eight months after receiving their second doses, starting Sept. 20. Click here to read the CDC’s Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID-19 Booster Shots.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced on Tuesday. Abbott is fully vaccinated and so far is experiencing no symptoms, CBS News reports.

Major pharmacies across the nation are confident they can administer and “accelerate access” to COVID-19 booster shots after they receive further guidance from federal health officials, Fox News reports.

New research from the USDA found that one-third of blood samples collected from white-tailed deer in Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania had COVID-19 antibodies, according to a story by WKRN in Tennessee.

A story in the Wall Street Journal says early data from Israel suggests a booster shot of Pfizer Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine can significantly improve immunity in those aged 60 and above, as the U.S. and other countries plan additional doses to increase protection against the highly infectious Delta variant.

The Biden administration will use a federal civil rights office to deter states from banning universal masking in classrooms, the New York Times reports

KANE COUNTY: 97 New Cases, 1 Death; Test Positivity 7.2%; Delta 71% of Cases

Kane County recorded another 97 new cases and one additional death today, bringing the totals to 61,864 positive cases and 821 deaths, as county health officials get ready for administration of COVID-19 booster shots come September.

According to data posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health website, the seven-day test positivity rate rose again today, and is now at 7.2% countywide.

At today’s Public Health Committee meeting, Kane County Director of Health Promotion Uche Onwuta said about 71% of Kane County’s new COVID-19 cases are coming from the Delta variant. Kane County, like almost all of the state of Illinois, is at the “high” level of transmission.

According to the IDPH, 567,158 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Kane County. The seven-day rolling average of vaccinations is up to 1,462.

The IDPH says 280,092 Kane residents are fully vaccinated, which equals 52.43% of the population.

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 3,833 New Cases, 45 Deaths; Region 8 Hospitalizations Still Rising

About 92.6% of Illinoisans age 65 and older have had at least one dose of COVID-19, but following today’s news from the CDC, it’s likely they’ll need to get a booster soon.

The IDPH reports 3,833 new COVID-19 cases and 45 additional deaths today. Statewide, the totals are 1,474,285 positive cases and 23,685 deaths since the pandemic began.

In Kane-DuPage Region 8, test positivity rates and hospitalizations continue to go up while ICU bed availability continues to go down. About 22% of ICU beds remain available — just above the state’s 20% threshold.

The seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 patients in Region 8 is now up to 174.

On the vaccine front, 60.2% of Illinois population age 18 and older and 58.2% of the state’s population at 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

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