COVID-19 UPDATE: 4,660 New Cases, 40 Deaths; 168 New Kane Cases; But Signs Surge Could Be Subsiding

COVID-19 UPDATE: 4,660 New Cases, 40 Deaths; 168 New Kane Cases; But Signs Surge Could Be Subsiding

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OVERVIEW: Data Signals 4th Wave Could Be Subsiding; $5.7 Billion Pandemic Costs ‘Preventable’; Just 1/3 of People Vaccinated Worldwide; Arizona Sues Over Vax Mandates

CDC data sends signals that the latest COVID-19 wave is subsiding. As the above chart indicates, the latest Delta-variant-fueled surge in cases appears to have peaked at 172,477 around Aug. 31. Some of the data drop might have been due to Labor Day holiday data collection, and there is always a chance of some bounce backs, similar to those during the winter months. But case numbers have been dropping daily and were down to 117,622 as of Sept. 10.

The “preventable” costs for treating hospitalized, unvaccinated COVID-19 patients reached an estimated $5.7 billion over the past three months, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis published Tuesday.

Roughly one-third of people globally are fully vaccinated, according to Our World in Data. Covax, the World Health Organization’s campaign to distribute vaccines to the world, said last week that “only 20% of people in low- and lower-middle-income countries have received a first dose of vaccine compared to 80% in high- and upper-middle income countries.”

Arizona on Tuesday sued the Biden administration over sweeping vaccinate mandates that affect federal employees and private businesses with more than 100 employees — the first lawsuit against a policy that Republicans have slammed as an example of federal overreach, Fox News reports.

 

KANE COUNTY: 168 New Cases, 1 Death Today

Kane County recorded 168 new cases and one additional death today.

The totals to date are 65,012 positive cases and 838 deaths in Kane County, according to data posted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate rose to 4.8%.

About 54.55% of Kane County residents are fully vaccinated.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 4,660 New Cases, 40 Deaths, But Signs That Surge Could Be Subsiding

There are signs Illinois’ latest surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations may be subsiding, WGN reports. New hospital admissions and hospitalizations are declining and Illinois posted its lowest daily new case count since early August.

The data today was not so optimistic, however, as the state posted 4,660 new cases and 40 additional deaths. According to the IDPH, there have been 1,578,198 positive cases and 24,407 deaths due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

As of today, 54.05% of Illinoisans are fully vaccinated.

 

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