COVID-19 UPDATE: Local ICU Bed Availability Drops to 14%; 11,858 New Cases Statewide, 421 in Kane; UK Case Count Sets Record

COVID-19 UPDATE: Local ICU Bed Availability Drops to 14%; 11,858 New Cases Statewide, 421 in Kane; UK Case Count Sets Record

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OVERVIEW: CDC Panel Says Moderna, Pfizer Preferred Over J&J; UK Reports High Single Day New-Case Total; NYC Cases Double in 3 Days

Vaccine advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted 15-0 Thursday to change recommendations to make clear that the COVID-19 vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech were preferred over Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.

The UK reported a record high of 88,376 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest number of daily cases since the pandemic began, CNN reports.

Omicron multiplies 70 times faster within the human bronchus, which delivers oxygen to the lungs, than does the Delta variant and the original virus that was first detected in China, according to a study released Wednesday by the University of Hong Kong.

The percentage of people in New York City testing positive for COVID-19 doubled in three days this week, and a top advisor to Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was an indication of the Omicron variant evading immunity in a way the virus never had before, NBC4 New York reports.

 

KANE COUNTY: 421 New Cases, 3 Additional Deaths

Kane County recorded 421 new cases and three additional COVID19 deaths today, according to data posted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The Kane County totals since the pandemic began are 78,353 positive cases and 929 deaths.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate dropped to 6.9%.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 11,858 New Cases, 52 Deaths; ICU Availability Drops To 14%

ICU bed availability in Kane-DuPage Region 8 dropped to 14% today — six percentage points under the state theshold.

Meanwhile, the seven day rolling rate of hospitalized COVID-19 patients grew to 352.

The state recorded 11,858 new cases, one of the highest single-day totals since the pandemic began. To date, there have been 1,933,291 positive COVID-19 cases in Illinois.

The state recorded 52 additional deaths today, bringing the total to 27,065 deaths since the pandemic began.

 

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