COVID-19 UPDATE: WHO Experts Say U.S. Should Pay Attention to Europe Surge; 3 Kane Deaths Over Weekend; 7,359 New Cases Statewide

COVID-19 UPDATE: WHO Experts Say U.S. Should Pay Attention to Europe Surge; 3 Kane Deaths Over Weekend; 7,359 New Cases Statewide

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OVERVIEW: Cases Growing in Europe, Germany; Wisconsin Numbers Rising; U.S. Reopens Borders

Germany’s coronavirus infection rate climbed to its highest recorded level yet on Monday as what officials have called a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” gathers pace, the Associated Press reports.

The World Health Organization is urging the United States to pay close attention and learn from the missteps in Europe, which is at the epicenter of the pandemic. Coronavirus cases there are soaring – in the last month alone, they’ve jumped over 50%. The same is happening with hospitalizations – they’ve almost doubled in the same time frame.

Confirmed coronavirus cases continue to rise in Wisconsin. The seven-day average jumped to 2,193 cases per day, up from 2,075 on Friday. Tests confirmed almost 5,000 new cases since the state’s last update on Friday (4,968), including 1,197 cases in the past 24-hour period, WBAY reports.

The United States reopened its borders for fully vaccinated travelers from dozens of countries today, ending more than 18 months of restrictions on international travel that left families separated from loved ones and cost the global travel industry hundreds of billions of dollars in tourism revenue.

 

KANE COUNTY: 182 New Cases, 3 Additional Deaths Over The Weekend

Kane County recorded three additional COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, bringing the total to 891 Kane County residents who have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there were 182 new Kane County cases since Friday’s report. The total to date is 69,948 positive Kane County cases since the pandemic began.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate increased slightly to 2.5%.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 7,359 New Cases, 38 Deaths Since Friday

The state of Illinois recorded 7,359 new cases since Friday — an average of 2,453 new cases per day. The total number of cases statewide is 1,720,345 since the pandemic began.

The IDPH reported 38 additional deaths over the weekend. The total to date is 25,986 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

In Kane-DuPage Region 8, the percentage of available ICU remains at 19%, which is under the 20% threshold set by the state.

The seven-day average number of COVID-19 patients in Region 8 hospitals is back up to 120.

 

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