COVID-19 UPDATE: 9 Kane County Deaths Over The Weekend; 32 ICU Beds Left in Region 8; Starting Jan. 15, Insurance Must Cover COVID Home Tests

COVID-19 UPDATE: 9 Kane County Deaths Over The Weekend; 32 ICU Beds Left in Region 8; Starting Jan. 15, Insurance Must Cover COVID Home Tests



OVERIEW: Insurers Required To COVER Home COVID Tests; 5,400 Schools Closed Last Week; Virginia Declares State of Emergency

The seven-day average of newly reported COVID-19 infections in the U.S. is on track to triple the pre-Omicron record set a year ago, when America saw a quarter million daily cases, as concerns grow over access to and reliability of testing both in the U.S. and Europe, where the highly transmissible Omicron variant has also taken root, the Wall Street Journal reports.

More than 5,400 K-12 schools stopped in-person instruction at some point during the first week of January, according to Burbio, a company that tracks disruptions to education. But many schools have reopened this week, bolstered by warnings from leaders and public health experts that remote instruction has taken a serious toll on children’s learning and mental health.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a limited state of emergency Monday as the influx of Omicron cases strain his state’s health care system.

Sweden announced the country will implement an 11 p.m. curfew on hospitality venues, as Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson warned of a “record high spread” of Covid-19 infections in the country, CNN reports.

Cities across Germany braced for major protests against coronavirus restrictions on Monday, and a tough new vaccine requirement came into force in Italy as governments across Europe continued to tighten their rules in a struggle to contain the Omicron variant, the New York Times reports.


COVID OTC Tests Covered By Insurance

Beginning Jan. 15, 2022, individuals with private health insurance coverage or covered by a group health plan who purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized, cleared, or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be able to have those test costs covered by their plan or insurance. Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover eight free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month.

That means a family of four, all on the same plan, would be able to get up to 32 of these tests covered by their health plan per month. There is no limit on the number of tests, including at-home tests, that are covered if ordered or administered by a health care provider following an individualized clinical assessment, including for those who may need them due to underlying medical conditions.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


KANE COUNTY: 9 Additional Deaths Over The Weekend; 2,918 New Cases; Test Positivity Remains at 24.8%

Kane County recorded nine additional COVID-19 deaths over the weekend.

To date, 968 Kane County residents have lost their lives to the virus.

The county recorded 2,918 new cases from Friday to Monday, according to data posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health website. So far, Kane County has recorded 98,216 positive cases.

The county’s seven-day test positivity rolling rate remains at 24.8%, the highest level of the pandemic.


STATE OF ILLINOIS: 77,833 New Cases, 207 Deaths Over Weekend; 32 ICU Beds Left in Region 8

The state of Illinois recorded 77,833 new cases and 207 additional COVID-19 deaths over the weekend.

The statewide totals to date are 2,460,270 positive cases and 28,568 deaths since the pandemic began.

According to the IDPH, there are 32 ICU beds available in Kane and DuPage counties combined, or about 10% of capacity. There are 276 ventilators available out of a total 576, according to the IDPH.

Some good news is that Kane-DuPage Region 8’s seven-day test positivity rate dropped a bit, to 21.8% as of Sunday. It had reached a high of 22.4% the previous day.

Some slim but added good news is that the rate of increase in hospitalizations slowed a bit. The seven-day average number of hospitalizations increased by 13 to 755 on Sunday. On the previous Sunday, it had increased by 29.


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