COVID-19 UPDATE: 399 New Kane County Cases, 3 Deaths; 9,301 New Cases Statewide; CDC OKs Boosters For 16-17s; Britain Imposes Work-From-Home Order
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OVERVIEW: CDC OK’s Boosters For 16-17s; Omicron Exploding in Britain; Pfizer 3rd Dose Neutralizes Omicron
The U.S. is expanding COVID-19 boosters, ruling that 16- and 17-year-olds can get a third dose of Pfizer’s vaccine, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. and many other nations already were urging adults to get booster shots to pump up immunity that can wane months after vaccination, calls that intensified with the discovery of the worrisome new omicron variant.
The British government warned that COVID-19 infections caused by the Omicron variant are doubling every two or three days, as it imposed new restrictions in England, including a work from home order and a requirement for proof of vaccination for indoor venues such as nightclubs, the Wall Street Journal reports.
A third dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine neutralized the Omicron variant in lab tests. The drugmaker said two doses were significantly less effective against the variant than three but could still protect against severe disease, citing early data that hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed.
Health officials may be bracing for the Omicron variant to sweep through the country, but the Delta variant remains the more imminent threat as it continues to drive an increase in hospitalizations, the New York Times reports.
Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 49.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 793,000 deaths, according to
CDC Media Statement
The following is attributable to CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky
“Today, CDC is strengthening its booster recommendations and encouraging everyone 16 and older to receive a booster shot. Although we don’t have all the answers on the Omicron variant, initial data suggests that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen the protection against Omicron and other variants. We know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and I strongly encourage adolescents ages 16 and 17 to get their booster if they are at least six months post their initial Pfizer vaccination series.”
At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 16 and 17. More information will be available on CDC’s website soon.
KANE COUNTY: 399 New Cases, 3 Additional Deaths; Test Positivity Up to 7.3%
Kane County recorded another 399 new COVID-19 cases and three additional COVID-19 deaths, according to data posted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Kane County’s totals since the pandemic began are 76,226 positive cases and 911 deaths.
The county’s seven-day test positivity rate grew to 7.3%.
STATE OF ILLINOIS: 9,301 New Cases, 54 Deaths; Hospitalizations Average More Than 300 in Region 8
The state of Illinois tallied one of its highest single-day totals of new COVID-19 cases today.
According to IDPH data, Illinois added 9,301 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 1,877,213 positive cases since the pandemic began.
IDPH reported 54 additional COVID-19 deaths, including the three in Kane County. To date, 26,766 Illinoisans have died from COVID-19 infection.
In Region 8, comprised of Kane County and DuPage County, the seven-day rolling average of hospitalized COVID-19 patients passed the 300 mark today. The rolling average is 303.
ICU bed availability in Region 8 remains at 16% — four percentage points below the state threshold.
Vaccination Information Resources
Recent COVID-NET data show that cumulative #COVID19 hospitalization rates are about 12 times higher in unvaccinated adolescents ages 12-17 years compared with fully vaccinated adolescents. Vaccinations are critical to preventing serious illness. More: https://t.co/ikJpMcvyCb pic.twitter.com/6o9p2a71Ql
— CDC (@CDCgov) December 3, 2021
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