COVID-19 UPDATE: 3 New Kane Deaths; Children Will Soon Get COVID Shots; State Test Positivity Down To 1.9%

COVID-19 UPDATE: 3 New Kane Deaths; Children Will Soon Get COVID Shots; State Test Positivity Down To 1.9%

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OVERVIEW: Children Will Soon Get COVID Shot; Cases Soaring in Russia; NYC Requires Workers To Be Vaccinated

Children age 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician’s office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for younger children in a matter of weeks, the Associated Press reports.

Michael Haberstumpf (CREDIT: US NAVY PHOTO)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the country’s workers to stay off work for a week starting later this month amid rising coronavirus infection and death numbers, and he strongly urged reluctant citizens to get vaccinated, the Associated Press reports.

New York City will require all city workers to be vaccinated by the end of the month or lose their paychecks, a new mandate for the nation’s largest municipal work force and one of the strictest in the country, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. (New York Times)

Master-at-Arms Senior Chief Michael Haberstumpf, 42, died from complications of COVID-19 on Oct. 10 at University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, according to a Navy press release. Haberstumpf is the 15th sailor to die from the disease since the pandemic began in December 2019, according to a USNI News tally of military deaths.

Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 45 million COVID19 cases and 726,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, there have been more than 241 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 68% are fully vaccinated. (USA Today)

 

KANE COUNTY: 86 New Cases, 3 Deaths; 82.5% of Residents 18+ Have Had 1 Shot

About 82.5% of Kane County residents age 18 and older have had at least one shot of COVID-1 vaccine and about 63.6% of that age group is fully vaccinated, according to data shared by the Kane County Health Department at today’s Public Health Committee meeting.

As the screenshot above indicates, about 95.6% of county residents age 65 and older have had at least one shot and 80.8% of the population age 12 and older has had at least one shot.

Overall, 52.3% of the population has been fully vaccinated.

According to data posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health website, Kane county recorded 86 new cases and three additional deaths today, one of the higher single-day death totals in several weeks.

Since the pandemic began, Kane County has recorded 68.370 positive cases and 871 deaths from the respiratory virus.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate dropped to 2.8%. While the rate is lowering, it still trails the state average by almost a full percentage point.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 2,447 New Cases, 36 Deaths; State Positive Rate Down to 1.9%

Illinois Department of Public Health data released today shows the state’s seven-day case positivity level at 1.9%, the lowest it’s been since July 16. Case positivity is the percentage of new cases derived from a batch of tests and is one of the metrics used by health officials to determine the level of precautions necessary to avoid more cases. the Daily Herald reports.

The IDPH reported 2,447 new cases and 36 additional deaths today. The totals are 1,675,793 positive cases and 25,527 deaths since the pandemic began.

Kane-DuPage Region 8 hospital bed availability continues to improve. As of today, the IDPH reports 26% of ICU beds are available.

 

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