COVID-19 UPDATE: Geneva, St. Charles School Employees Challenge COVID Requirements; Cases Down, Deaths Up Nationwide

COVID-19 UPDATE: Geneva, St. Charles School Employees Challenge COVID Requirements; Cases Down, Deaths Up Nationwide

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OVERVIEW: Geneva, St. Charles School Employees Challenge COVID Requirements; Cases Down, Deaths Up Nationwide; Walgreens Has Boosters

 

A Kane County judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order in a case filed by four employees from St. Charles Unit District 303 and Geneva Unit District 304 who are challenging COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements, the Daily Herald reports.

Walgreens announced Friday that eligible individuals can now receive Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccinations in stores nationwide, following Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cases are going down nationwide, but deaths are continuing to trend up, according to data posted by the Centers for Disease Control.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain reversed course this weekend and offered thousands of visas to foreign truckers to combat a driver shortage that has left some supermarket shelves empty and caused long lines at gas stations, the New York Times reports.

 

4PM FRIDAY UPDATE

OVERVIEW: CDC Statement on Boosters; 3/4 of U.S. Has Now Had One Dose; Judge Blocks Tennessee School Mask Opt-Out

CDC Statement on ACIP Booster Recommendations

Today, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation for a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and also recommended a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings.

The Food and Drug Administration’s authorization and CDC’s guidance for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the virus and keep Americans safe.

This updated interim guidance from CDC allows for millions of Americans who are at highest risk for COVID-19 to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot to help increase their protection.

CDC recommends:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

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Three-quarters of the eligible population in the U.S. has now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 55.1% of the total US population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; that represents approximately 183 million people.

Preliminary research finds that even mild cases of COVID-19 leave a mark on the brain – but it’s not yet clear how long it lasts, according to Jessica Bernard, an associate professor at Texas A&M University.

A federal judge handed down a second blow to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s order allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements, the Associated Press reports.

 

KANE COUNTY: 115 New Cases, 1 More Death Today; Boosters Could Start Next Week

Kane County recorded 115 new cases and one additional COVID-19 death today, based on data on the Illinois Department of Public Health website. Fourteen Kane County residents have died from COVID-19 in the past nine days.

The totals to date are 66,108 positive cases and 852 deaths of Kane County residents since the pandemic began.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate dropped to 3.7% today, after holding at 3.8% for the previous four days.

About 55.27% of Kane County residents are fully vaccinated.

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 21,787 New Cases, 239 Deaths In Past Week; ICU Bed Availability Drops to 23%

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 21,787 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 239 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.

Since yesterday, there have been 3,304 new cases and 40 deaths statewide.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,612,129 cases, including 24,783 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Since reporting on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, laboratories have reported 797,018 specimens for a total of 31,192,769.

Yesterday, 150,245 COVID-19 tests were reported; the highest one-day total of COVID-19 tests since the beginning of the pandemic.  As of last night, 1,926 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 474 patients were in the ICU and 252 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Sept. 17-23, 2021 is 2.7%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Sept. 17-23, 2021 is 3.7%.

More than 80% of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 63%% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of Illinois’ total population, almost 68% has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 53% of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated.

A total of 14,419,886 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight.  The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 19,371 doses.  Since reporting on Friday, September 17, 2021, 135,598 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.

Vaccination is the key to ending this pandemic.  To find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you, go to www.vaccines.gov.

 

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