COVID-19 UPDATE: State Bill Seeks to Bar Vaccine Moral Exemptions; Kane County Moving Closer To 'Substantial Transmission' Level; U.S. Cases Dropped 60% Since September

COVID-19 UPDATE: State Bill Seeks to Bar Vaccine Moral Exemptions; Kane County Moving Closer To ‘Substantial Transmission’ Level; U.S. Cases Dropped 60% Since September

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OVERVIEW: COVID Cases Dropped 60% Since September; Australia OK’s Travel; Immunocompromised Could Need 4th Dose

New coronavirus infections in the United States have dropped nearly 60% since a September spike brought on by the more contagious delta variant, according to data compiled by The Washington Post.

Globally, there have been 243,857,028 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4,953,246 deaths, reported to the World Health Organ. As of 25 October 2021, a total of 6,697,607,393 vaccine doses have been administered.

The health minister of Australia announced on Wednesday that fully vaccinated residents would finally be allowed to travel abroad starting on Nov. 1, a year and a half after borders were closed to most ingoing and outgoing travel, the New York Times reports.

Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto has battled multiple health challenges over the years, including Stage 4 cancer, open-heart surgery, multiple sclerosis and, currently, COVID-19. Now some of his viewers are sending him death threats — because he encouraged them to get vaccinated for their own safety, NPR reports.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in updated COVID-19 guidelines this week that some immunocompromised people may need a fourth dose of the vaccine, Fox News reports.

 

KANE COUNTY: 82 New Cases, 1 Kane Resident Dies of COVID-19; County Moving Closer To ‘Substantial Transmission’ Level

The Kane County Health Department is encouraging first responders — and all eligible Kane County residents — to get COVID-19 booster shots.

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health recorded 82 new cases and 1 death of a Kane County resident due to the COVID-19 virus.

The totals to date are 68,965 positive cases and 881 COVID-19 deaths of Kane County residents since the pandemic began.

Kane County remains in “High Transmission” status, although numbers are continuing to fall, and if that trend continues, it appear close to moving to “Substantial Transmission.” High Transmission is a rate of 100 or more cases per 100,000 residents; the county is presently at 110.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate is at 2.6%.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: State Bill Seeks to Bar Vaccine Moral Exemptions; 2,013 New Cases, 25 Deaths Statewide Reported Wednesday

Employees would be barred from citing their moral beliefs as a valid reason for refusing to comply with a workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandate, under a measure state legislators are expected to take up when they return to Springfield this week, ABC7 reports.

Meanwhile, new cases of COVID-19 reached 2,013 Wednesday with 25 more deaths from the respiratory disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported.

The totals to date are 1,690,274 cases and 25,707 COVID-19 deaths of Illinois residents since the pandemic began.

Hospitalizations in Kane-DuPage Region 8 continue to stay relatively flat. As of today, Region 8 has a seven-day average of 116 COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

 

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