COVID-19 UDPATE: 17,462 Illinois Cases This Week; 140 New Kane Cases Friday; Pfizer 'Game Changing' Antiviral Pill

COVID-19 UDPATE: 17,462 Illinois Cases This Week; 140 New Kane Cases Friday; Pfizer ‘Game Changing’ Antiviral Pill



OVERVIEW: Grave Concerns in Europe; 7 Billion Vaccine Doses Worldwide So Far; Pushback on Big-Business Vaccine Mandates

The World Health Organization is expressing “grave concern” over cases in Europe, Fox News and others report.

Globally, there have been 248,467,363 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,027,183 deaths, reported to WHO. A total of 7,027,377,238 vaccine doses have been administered.

The Biden administration is “prepared to defend” sweeping new coronavirus vaccine rules for large companies amid new legal challenges, Dr. Vivek Murthy, the surgeon general, said on Sunday, the New York Times reports.

The president of the German Medical Association on Sunday called for the reintroduction of free COVID testing in Germany, as a new surge in infections challenges local governments and health regulators to take action.



OVERVIEW: Pfizer Antiviral Pill Could Be Game-Changer; Aaron Rogers Explains Why He Is Unvaccinated; Puerto Rico Requires Vax To Attend Schools

Pfizer Inc. said Friday that its experimental antiviral pill for COVID-19 cut rates of hospitalization and death by nearly 90% in high-risk adults, as the drugmaker joined the race for an easy-to-use medication to treat the coronavirus, the Associated Press reports.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he did not take the COVID-19 vaccine because he discovered he is allergic to something in the mRNA (Pfizer and Moderna) vaccines, Yahoo Sports reports. He said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine became his only option, but when that got pulled in April because of blood clotting issues, he sought other treatments based on conversations with his medical team. He is not playing Sunday, and his status is uncertain moving forward.

Attorneys general in 11 states are suing the Biden administration to try to stop new rules that require employers with more than 100 workers to ensure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or get a weekly test, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Puerto Rico will require children 5 years old and older to get the coronavirus vaccine in order to attend school, The Hill reports.


KANE COUNTY: 140 New Cases, 0 Additional Deaths For 3rd Straight Day; 6 Kane Schools Report Outbreaks

Kane County recorded 140 new cases today, bringing the total to 69,766 positive cases since the pandemic began.

For the third straight day, there were no COVID-19 deaths among Kane County residents. The total remains at 888.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate remains at 2.3%.

Click on the article below for the most-recent update on Kane County school outbreaks.


STATE OF ILLINOIS: 17,462 New Cases, 183 Deaths Over Past Week

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 17,462 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 183 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

Since yesterday, Illinois reported

Cases were up week over week, but deaths were exactly the same. Last week, the IDPH reported 14,616 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 183 additional deaths.

Of Illinois’ total population, 66% has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and almost 61% of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, IDPH adopted CDC’s recommendation for children ages 5 to 11 years to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 years is a smaller dose (10 µg), a third of the dose for individuals 12 years and older (30 µg). The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, three weeks apart, for all eligible individuals.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,712,986 cases, including 25,948 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

Since reporting on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, laboratories have reported 820,983 specimens for a total of 36,109,599. As of last night, 1,257 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.

Of those, 282 patients were in the ICU and 148 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2021 is 2.1%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2021 is 2.5%.

A total of 15,911,477 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 52,670 doses.

Since reporting on Friday, October 29, 2021, 368,687 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

All data are provisional and will change. Additional information and COVID-19 data can be found at

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