COVID-19 UPDATE: 1,906 Kane County Cases, 23.9% Test Positivity; 'Flurona' Becoming More Frequent; 7,098 Illinoisans Hospitalized

COVID-19 UPDATE: 1,906 Kane County Cases, 23.9% Test Positivity; ‘Flurona’ Becoming More Frequent; 7,098 Illinoisans Hospitalized

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OVERIEW: 9.5 Million Cases in 1 Week Worldwide; ‘Flurona’ Becoming More Frequent; Deer Could Be Virus Reservoir

Global coronavirus infections have reached a pandemic high, with 9.5 million new cases reported last week, the World Health Organization said Thursday. That figure represented a 71% increase over the previous week and is probably an undercount, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.\

Wild deer in six northeast Ohio locations were discovered infected with at least three virus variants of COVID-19, a team of Ohio State University researchers has reported. Researches are concerned that deer might become a reservoir for the virus.

The city of Los Angeles is safe, assured Mayor Eric Garcetti, despite COVID-19 infections hitting over 800 fire and police department staff, CNN reports.

While rates of COVID-19 remain high across the country, flu clusters are beginning to pop up as well. And with both illnesses spreading, the possibility of getting a co-infection involving both of them — nicknamed “flurona” — is also becoming more of a possibility.

 

KANE COUNTY: 1,906 New Cases, 2 Additional Deaths; 23.9% Test Positivity

Kane County recorded 1,906 new COVID-19 cases — another record high — and two additional deaths today.

The countywide totals since the pandemic began are 93,750 positive cases and 956 deaths, according to data posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate rose again and is now at 23.9%, also believed to be the highest during the pandemic.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 44,089 New Cases, 104 Deaths Recorded Today; 7,098 Illinoisans Hospitalized

State health officials today reported 7,098 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Illinois hospitals, 256 more than the previous day.

In Kane-DuPage Region 8, there are 42 ICU beds and 254 ventilators available.

Cases shot up by almost 12,000 in one day, with Illinois reporting 44,089 new cases and 109 additional deaths.

It’s the first time more than 100 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in a single day since Feb. 11, 2021, according to the Daily Herald.

To date, the state has recorded 2,339,534 positive cases and 28,260 COVID-19 deaths.

 

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