COVID-19: New 'Delta Plus' Variant Concern; Boosters OK'd For Moderna, J&J; Cases Growing in Kane Under 20 Population; State Transmission Still High But Trending Down

COVID-19: New ‘Delta Plus’ Variant Concern; Boosters OK’d For Moderna, J&J; Cases Growing in Kane Under 20 Population; State Transmission Still High But Trending Down

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OVERVIEW: New ‘Delta Plus’ Variant Concern in UK, Russia; CDC OK’s Mix-Match Boosters; 115,500 Health Workers Have Died From COVID Worldwide

A newly-discovered mutation of the Delta variant — formally known as AY.4.2 and dubbed the new “delta plus” — is being investigated in the U.K. amid worries that it could make the virus even more transmissible and undermine COVID-19 vaccines further, CNBC reports.

Russia has reported “isolated cases” of COVID-19 with the AY.4.2 subvariant of the Delta that is believed to be even more contagious, the state consumer watchdog’s senior researcher said today. The AY.4.2 subvariant may be around 10% more infectious than the original Delta and has driven new cases and deaths to a series of record daily highs in Russia. (Reuters report)

Illinois is once again showing as a “high” transmission level on the CDC website.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday cleared booster shots of Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccines, giving people the freedom to mix and match any of the three vaccines approved for use in the U.S., the agency said in a statement.

Booster doses of coronavirus vaccines so far seem to be as safe as first and second doses, vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told Thursday. (CNN report)

An estimated 115,500 health workers have died of COVID-19 across the world, according to a new working paper by the World Health Organization.

Today‘s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 45 million COVID-19 cases and 731,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, there have been more than 242 million cases and more than 4.9 million deaths. About 66% of people in the U.S. have received at least one vaccine shot, and about 57% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. Among U.S. adults, 79% have received at least one shot, and about 69% are fully vaccinated. (USA Today)

 

KANE COUNTY: 99 Cases, 1 Death Thursday

Kane County health officials said during the Wednesday, Oct. 20, Public Health Committee meeting that, during most of the month of September, that young people were the hardest-hit demographic in terms of case rate per 100,000. As you can see by the screenshot above, the blue line indicates the case rate for residents under age 20.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reports 99 new Kane County COVID-19 cases and one additional death of a Kane County resident due to COVID-19.

The totals to date are 68,469 positive cases and 872 Kane County deaths since the pandemic began.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rage had dropped to 2.8%, according to the IDPH.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 2,146 New Cases, 36 Deaths Thursday, But Numbers Trending Down

Above is CDC data about Illinois COVID cases and below are charts from the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

Illinois public health officials reported 2,146 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 36 related deaths Thursday.

The state totals to date are 1,677,939 positive cases and 25,563 deaths of Illinois residents.

The seven-date rolling average of test positivity is 2.2%.

As you can see from the CDC’s Illinois State Profile Report above, Illinois COVID-19 cases and deaths are trending down statewide.

 

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