COVID-19 UPDATE: FDA Panel OK's Vax For Kids; Sadly, 4 Kane Deaths Tuesday; About 82% of Illinoisans Age 18+ Have at Least 1 Shot

COVID-19 UPDATE: FDA Panel OK’s Vax For Kids; Sadly, 4 Kane Deaths Tuesday; About 82% of Illinoisans Age 18+ Have at Least 1 Shot

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OVERVIEW: FDA Panel OK’s Vax For Kids; Africa Is Vastly Under-Reporting COVID Cases; Arizona Death Toll Catching New York

A key advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration voted overwhelmingly to recommend the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine in 5- to 11-year-olds, bringing the vaccine a big step closer to about 28 million children. Shots could be offered as early as next week, the New York Times reports.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 4.9 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 738,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

World Health Organization (WHO) data found that fewer than 15% of COVID-19 cases in African countries are correctly reported. Overall, nearly 60 million people contracted the virus in the continent, though even that number might not be accurate, given the small reach of testing in the region.

Arizona has caught up to New York when it comes to reported deaths per capita — even though the latter was ravaged by the coronavirus early in the pandemic before treatments or vaccines were developed, the Washington Post reports.

 

KANE COUNTY: 85 New Cases, 4 Deaths Reported Tuesday; Health Department Hosts Thursday COVID Wellness and Prevention Event

Sadly, while the coronavirus case numbers and test positivity rates in Kane County are waning, the Illinois Department of Public Health today reported four additional COVID-19 deaths of Kane County residents.

The county added 85 new cases for a total of 68,883 since the pandemic began.

The Kane County death toll rose to 880.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate remains at 2.7%.

The Kane County Health Department is hosting a free, online event Thursday, Oct. 28, on Wellness and Prevention During COVID-19. The event is offered in English and in Spanish. Visit the Kane County Health Department Facebook page for more information.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 2,213 New Cases, 34 Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,213 new COVID-19 cases and 34 additional deaths today.

The totals since the pandemic began are 1,688,261 positive cases and 25,682 deaths statewide.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Kane-DuPage Region 8 continue to hold steady or slightly decrease.

The state has administered 15,343,270 doses of vaccine to date. About 82.7% of Illinoisans age 18 and over have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

 

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