COVID-19 UPDATE: Critical Hospital Staffing Shortage; U.S. Deaths Rising; 201,428 New Illinois Cases Last Week

COVID-19 UPDATE: Critical Hospital Staffing Shortage; U.S. Deaths Rising; 201,428 New Illinois Cases Last Week



OVERIEW: New Worries About ‘Deltacrom’; Critical Hospital Staffing Shortage; U.S. Deaths Rising

For the past couple weeks, there has been some solace in the fact that deaths have not climbed even while cases have skyrocketed, but the CDC charts above show a recent increase in the numbers of deaths nationwide.

A Cypriot scientist says Deltacron, a new strain of COVID-19, combines characteristics of the Delta and Omicron variants — and that infection is higher among patients hospitalized for COVID-19 than among non-hospitalized patients, Bloomberg reports.

About 24% of U.S. hospitals are reporting a “critical staffing shortage,” according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services, as public health experts warn the COVID-19 surge fueled by the Omicron variant threatens the nation’s health care system, CNN reports.

KANE COUNTY: Central High School Closed Monday



OVERIEW: Hospitalizations Skyrocket For Kids Under 5; Omicron Still Hasn’t Peaked; FDA OK’s Moderna Booster After 5 Months

Hospitalizations of U.S. children under 5 with COVID-19 soared in recent weeks to their highest level since the pandemic began, according to government data released Friday on the only age group not yet eligible for the vaccine, the Associated Press reports.

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Friday that she does not think the U.S. has yet reached the peak of the omicron surge, The Hill and others report.

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to shorten the time between the completion of a primary series of the vaccine and a booster dose to at least five months for individuals 18 years of age and older, according to an FDA news release.

Some health leaders say a fourth round of COVID-19 shots could be on the horizon and they recommend some Americans receive an additional dose in a matter of months, according to NBC4.

New York will require health care workers to get a booster within two weeks of becoming eligible for one, Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Friday, as hospitals contend with crippling staff shortages amid the Omicron wave, the New York Times reports.


KANE COUNTY: 1,548 New Cases, 3 Additional Deaths; 24.8% Test Positivity

Nearly 1 in 4 Kane County COVID-19 tests are coming up positive. According to data posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health website, Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate is 24.8%.

Kane County recorded 1,548 new cases and three additional deaths today.

The Kane County totals to date are 95,298 positive COVID-19 cases and 959 deaths.


STATE OF ILLINOIS: 201,428 New Cases, 444 Deaths Over Past Week; 7,096 Illinoisans Hospitalized, 629 on Ventilators

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 201,428 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including an increase of 444 deaths since Dec. 31, 2021.

Today alone, the state recorded 42,903 new cases and 100 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 2,382,437 cases, including 28,361 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than 1 to older than 100 years.

Since Dec. 31, 2021, laboratories have reported 1,322,127 specimens for a total of 45,992,122.

As of last night, 7,096 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,123 patients were in the ICU and 639 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Dec. 31, 2021 – Jan. 6, 2022 is 15.2%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Dece. 31, 2021 – Jan. 6, 2022 is 18.5%.

A total of 19,535,937 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 42,098 doses.

Since Dec. 31, 2021, 294,687 doses were reported administered in Illinois. Of Illinois’ total population, 73% has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 64% of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated, and 40% boosted according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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