COVID-19 UPDATE: FDA To Allow Mix-And-Match Boosters; Pritzker Could Drop Mask Mandates By Holidays; Kane Test Positivity Down To 2.9%

COVID-19 UPDATE: FDA To Allow Mix-And-Match Boosters; Pritzker Could Drop Mask Mandates By Holidays; Kane Test Positivity Down To 2.9%

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OVERVIEW: Mix-And-Match Boosters Could Be OK Very Soon; Britain Seeing Highest Cases Levels Since July; About 66% of U.S. Have Had at Least 1 Vaccine Shot

Americans may soon be able to receive a booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine that is different from the shot they initially received, the New York Times reported. Pfizer boosters were authorized for certain populations last month. The Moderna and J&J boosters are expected to be cleared this week.

“Mix and match” COVID-19 vaccination may be cleared this week.

Public health officials in the United Kingdom are calling for new social distancing restrictions as the country is seeing its highest cases levels since mid-July, U.S. News reports. Last week, the Office for National Statistics estimated that one in 60 people in England had the virus, one of the highest levels seen in Britain during the pandemic.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has tested positive for COVID-19, DHS confirmed on Tuesday – just days after he attended an event with President Biden, Fox News and other media report.

Today’s numbers (USA Today): The U.S. has reported more than 45 million COVID-19 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.

 

KANE COUNTY: 78 Cases, No Deaths Reported Tuesday; Test Positivity Down to 2.9%

Kane County’s test positivity rate has dropped below 3.0%.

According to date posted on the Illinois Department of Health website, the county’s seven-day rolling average dropped to 2.9%. While that’s the lowest it’s been since the summer, it is still behind the statewide average of 2.4%.

But the numbers are clearly down. Today, Kane County recorded 73 new cases and no additional deaths. The totals to date are 68,284 positive cases and 868 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 2,071 New Cases, 21 Deaths; 24,418 Vaccinations; Pritzker Aims to End Mask Mandate By Holidays

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he’d like to rescind the state’s indoor mask mandate in time for the holidays, but stopped short of saying what metrics needed to be hit in order for that to happen, the Daily Herald reports.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 2,071 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths statewide. The totals to date are 1,673,346 cases and 25,491 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

That state recorded 24,418 new vaccination shots yesterday. To date, there have been 15,099,528 shots administered in Illinois.

State officials issued a news release today saying they are hoping to increase the numbers of booster shots to older Illinoisans. (See the embedded article below.)

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