COVID-19 UPDATE: 90% in Hospitals Are Unvaccinated; 20% Americans Have Had COVID; More Variants Coming

COVID-19 UPDATE: 90% in Hospitals Are Unvaccinated; 20% Americans Have Had COVID; More Variants Coming

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8:30PM MONDAY

OVERVIEW: 20% of American Have Now Had COVID-19; More Variants Are Coming; Omicron Hammers South America

COVID-19 data are not updated on weekends or holidays, either for the Illinois Department of Public Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit KaneCountyConnects.com late Tuesday afternoon for updates.

Twenty percent of Americans have now been infected with COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. According to JHU data, at least 66,356,336 cases of COVID-19 have been detected over the course of the pandemic in the US. More than 800,000 people have died.

Get ready to learn more Greek letters. Scientists warn that omicron’s whirlwind advance practically ensures it won’t be the last version of the coronavirus to worry the world, the Associated Press reports.

The coronavirus’ omicron variant starting to barrel across South America is pressuring hospitals whose employees are taking sick leave, leaving facilities understaffed to cope with COVID-19’s third wave, the Associated Press reports.

The increase in antibodies produced by a fourth shot of COVID-19 vaccine is not enough to prevent infections from the omicron variant, according to preliminary research at an Israeli hospital, USA Today reports.

 

3:45PM FRIDAY

OVERIEW: You Can Order Free Rapid Test Wednesday; Illinois Company’s Test Results Questioned; Djokovic Faces Deportation

Americans will be able to order free rapid coronavirus tests online at COVIDTests.gov beginning on Wednesday, but the tests will take time to arrive: They will typically ship within seven to 12 days after being ordered, senior Biden administration officials said on Friday. (New York Times and others)

Center for Covid Control, an Illinois-based chain of testing sites, is facing multiple investigations and complaints over the company’s practices and inaccurate test results, The Hill reports. The testing company was established in 2020 and manages over 300 test collection sites across the country, made up of brick-and-mortar locations and drive-through sites.

Novak Djokovic faces deportation again after the Australian government revoked his visa for a second time, the latest twist in the ongoing saga over whether the No. 1-ranked tennis player will be allowed to compete in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated for COVID-19, the Associated Press reports.

The extremely contagious Omicron variant is fueling an enormous coronavirus wave that is pushing hospitals close to their capacity limits in about two dozen states, according to data posted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

WHO Recommends 2 New Drugs to Treat COVID-19

The World Health Organization has recommended two new drugs for COVID-19, providing yet more options for treating the disease. The extent to which these medicines will save lives depends on how widely available and affordable they will be.

The first drug, baricitinib, is strongly recommended for patients with severe or critical COVID-19. It is part of a class of drugs called Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors that suppress the overstimulation of the immune system. WHO recommends that it is given with corticosteroids.

Baricitinib is an oral drug, used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It provides an alternative to other arthritis drugs called Interleukin-6 receptor blockers, recommended by WHO in July 2021.

WHO has also conditionally recommended the use of a monoclonal antibody drug, sotrovimab, for treating mild or moderate COVID-19 in patients who are at high risk of hospitalization. This includes patients who are older, immunocompromised, having underlying conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, and those unvaccinated.

Sotrovimab is an alternative to casirivimab-imdevimab, a monoclonal antibody cocktail recommended by WHO in September 2021. Studies are ongoing on the effectiveness of monoclonal antibodies against Omicron but early laboratory studies show that sotrovimab retains its activity.

 

KANE COUNTY: 1,193 New Cases, 4 Deaths Friday; After Falling For 3 Days, Test Positivity Rises

Kane County recorded another 1,193 new cases and four additional deaths today, bringing the countywide totals to 103,086 positive cases and 984 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.

According to data posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health website, Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate is 22.8%. It was 22.2% when the IDPH updated its data on Thursday.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 207,203 New Cases, 738 Deaths in The Past Week; Almost 90% of Illinois Hospitalizations Unvaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 207,203 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including an increase of 738 deaths since Jan. 7, 2022.

On Friday alone, the IDPH reported 29,639 new cases and 153 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 2,589,640 cases, including 29,099 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

Since January 7, 2022, laboratories have reported 1,956,972 specimens for a total of 47,949,094.  As of last night, 7,320 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,148 patients were in the ICU and 657 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Updated data analysis shows almost 90% of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois are unvaccinated.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Jan. 7 to Jan. 13, 2022 is 10.6%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Jan. 7 to Jan. 13, 2022 is 15.6%.

A total of 19,893,424 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 51,070 doses.  Since January 7, 2022, 357,487 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

Of Illinois’ total population, almost 74% has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, 65% of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated, and more than 42% boosted according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All data are provisional and will change.  Additional information and COVID-19 data can be found at https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19.html.

Vaccination is the key to ending this pandemic. To find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you, go to www.vaccines.gov.

 

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