COVID-19 UPDATE: 26,000 Illinois Cases This Week; 3 Snow Leopards Die of COVID; Austria Puts Non-Vaccinated on Lockdown; 4 Kane Deaths Friday

COVID-19 UPDATE: 26,000 Illinois Cases This Week; 3 Snow Leopards Die of COVID; Austria Puts Non-Vaccinated on Lockdown; 4 Kane Deaths Friday




OVERVIEW: 3 Snow Leopards Die of COVID; Austria Puts Non-Vaccinated on Lockdown; Surgeon General Criticizes Court Vax Decisions

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, said on Sunday that if courts continue to block the Biden administration’s efforts to soon compel large companies to require a COVID vaccine or face weekly testing, it would be “a setback for public health.”

Austria is placing millions of people not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in lockdown as of Monday to deal with a surge in infections to record levels and the growing strain on intensive-care units, the government said on Sunday, Reuters reports.

Three snow leopards died of complications related to COVID-19 at a zoo in Lincoln, NE, despite efforts by staff to restore them to health after they tested positive for the virus about a month ago, zoo announcements said.



OVERVIEW: North, Mountain West Hit Hard; California, Colorado Go Ahead With Boosters For All; St. Louis Zoo Big Cats Have COVID

The contagious Delta variant is driving up COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Mountain West and fueling disruptive outbreaks in the North, a worrisome sign of what could be ahead this winter in the U.S. (Associated Press)

California is opening up eligibility for booster coronavirus vaccine shots to include anyone 18 or over, making it at least the second state to expand official eligibility beyond older adults and people in high-risk circumstances. Colorado took a similar step this week, the New York Times reports.

Eight big cats at the St. Louis Zoo are under close watch after the animals tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.


KANE COUNTY: 276 New Cases, 4 Additional Deaths; 7 Schools on Outbreaks List

Kane County recorded 276 new cases and four additional deaths today — one of the highest totals in many weeks.

To date, there have been 70,510 positive cases and 896 COVID-19 deaths of Kane County residents.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate jumped three-tenths of a percent, to 2.8%.


STATE OF ILLINOIS: 22,600 New Cases, 129 Deaths in Past Week

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 22,600 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease  in Illinois, including 129 additional deaths since reporting last November 5, 2021.  New cases of COVID-19 increased 29% from last week.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,735,586 cases, including 26,077 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Since reporting on Friday, November 5, 2021, laboratories have reported 906,911 specimens for a total of 37,016,510.  As of last night, 1,553 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 307 patients were in the ICU and 140 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 5-11, 2021 is 2.5%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 5-11, 2021 is 3.0%.

Of Illinois’ total population, a little more than 67% has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 61% of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  A total of 16,256,855 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight.  The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 62,689 doses.  Since reporting on Friday, November 5, 2021, 439,291 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

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