COVID-19 UPDATE: Kane Test Positivity Jumps to 12.4%; 20,804 New Cases Statewide; Hospitals Filling Up; Pediatric Infections Surging

COVID-19 UPDATE: Kane Test Positivity Jumps to 12.4%; 20,804 New Cases Statewide; Hospitals Filling Up; Pediatric Infections Surging



OVERVIEW: Pediatric Infections Surging; CDC Changes Quarantine Rules; Some Bowl Games Cancelled

With coronavirus cases in the U.S. approaching near-peak levels recorded last winter, pediatric coronavirus infection and hospitalization levels are now surging to their highest point in months, ABC News and others are reporting.

As New York City faces a surge in COVID-19 cases, the city’s seven-day average COVID-19 percent positivity rate slowly crept up to 19.97% over the past week and continues to trend upward, according to data made available by the city’s health department.

New York City, home to the nation’s largest school system, will eliminate its current policy of quarantining entire classrooms exposed to COVID, and will instead use a ramped-up testing program to allow students who test negative for the coronavirus and do not have symptoms to remain in school, the New York Times reports.

In the United States, where daily cases have doubled over the past two weeks, some events have been canceled, but the annual celebration in Times Square in New York will go on, with attendance capped at 15,000.

The Holiday Bowl is the latest bowl to get canceled due to COVID-19 cases.

After Fox Sports reported Tuesday afternoon that UCLA would be unable to play N.C. State because of a lack of defensive linemen, UCLA confirmed that it wouldn’t be able to participate in the game set to kick off at 8 p.m. ET.

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation, Quarantine Period for General Population

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days, if asymptomatic, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others.

The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the one to two days prior to onset of symptoms and the two to three days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for five days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for five days to minimize the risk of infecting others.

Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than two months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for five days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5five days.

Alternatively, if a five-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.

For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day five after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.


KANE COUNTY: 848 New Cases, 2 Additional Deaths; Test Positivity 12.4%

Health officials say, with the dominance of the fast-spreading Omicron variant, the data to watch most closely are in the categories of hospitalizations and deaths — not total number of new cases, which is expected to be high.

Still, it’s hard not to notice 848 new Kane County cases in one day. Or what feels like a staggeringly high test positivity rate of 12.4% — 4.4% above the state threshold.

Yet those are today’s numbers. There were two additional Kane County deaths recorded today.

Since the pandemic began, Kane County has recorded 84,314 positive cases and mourned the loss of 945 Kane County residents.


STATE OF ILLINOIS: 20,804 New Cases, 96 Deaths; 447 COVID Patients in Region 8

Kane-DuPage Region 8 is averaging 447 COVID-19 patients over the past seven-day period — a run that is putting a burden on local hospitals.

Some good news is that Intensive Care Unit capacity in Region 8 remains at 20% — exactly at the state threshold.

Region 8’s seven-day test positivity rate rose sharply again and is now at 12.1%.

The number of new COVID-19 cases hit what is believed to be its second-highest single-day total today — 20,804. There were 96 additional COVID-19 deaths statewide.

The totals to date are 2,098,064 positive cases and 27,684 deaths statewide.


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