COVID-19 UPDATE: Deaths Could Be High Over Next 4 Weeks; Kane Passes 100,000 Cases; 144 New Illinois Deaths Wednesday

COVID-19 UPDATE: Deaths Could Be High Over Next 4 Weeks; Kane Passes 100,000 Cases; 144 New Illinois Deaths Wednesday



OVERIEW: Deaths Could Be High Over Next 4 Weeks; Omicron May Have Peaked in Britain; ‘Just About Everybody’ Will Get Omicron

An ensemble forecast from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Wednesday predicts that more than 62,000 more people could die from COVID-19 over the next four weeks. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus has killed 842,322 people in the United States.

The Omicron coronavirus variant will infect “just about everybody” regardless of vaccination status, top U.S. infectious-disease expert Anthony S. Fauci said Tuesday. But those who have been vaccinated will “very likely, with some exceptions, do reasonably well,” and avoid hospitalization and death, he added, speaking at a virtual “fireside chat” with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

New research from the U.K. is challenging perceptions of how the coronavirus travels and infects people, with researchers saying COVID-19’s infectivity rate begins dropping minutes after virus is released into the air, The Hill reports.

A study looking at more than 24,000 middle-aged and older adults found that COVID-19 was associated with worsening ability to move around and difficulties in physical functioning. Authors from McMaster University and other Canadian universities published the study on Wednesday in JAMA Network Open.

For the second year in a row, COVID-19 was the leading cause of death for law enforcement officers in the United States, according to a report released on Tuesday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the New York Times reports.

Poland on Tuesday became the latest European nation to record 100,000 deaths related to coronavirus, a sad milestone that comes as the country braces for a surge of infections fueled by the omicron variant, the Associated Press reports.

Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming Omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U.S., at which point cases may start dropping off dramatically, the Associated Press reports. The reason: The variant has proved so wildly contagious that it may already be running out of people to infect, just a month and a half after it was first detected in South Africa.


KANE COUNTY: 1,368 New Cases, 3 Deaths; County Passes 100,000 Positive Cases

Kane County flew past the 100,000 mark in COVID-19 cases today, with the addition of 1,368 new confirmed cases.

The county also tallied three more deaths. Twenty-three Kane County residents died from COVID-19 in the past week.

The countywide totals to date are 100,702 positive cases and 100,702 positive cases since the pandemic began.

Good news comes in the form of the county’s seven-day rolling test positivity rate, which dropped for the second day in a row. The rate is 23.3%, according to data posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.


STATE OF ILLINOIS: 34,573 New Cases, 144 Deaths; 28 ICU Beds Available in Region 8

The state of Illinois recorded 34,573 new cases and 144 additional deaths today.

Illinois’ totals to date are 2,522,953 positive cases and 28,804 deaths.

There are some signs the the Omicron surge may have hit its peak.

The statewide test positivity rate has dropped in each of the past three days, although it remains high, at 20.8%.

The seven-day average number of COVID-19 patients in Kane-DuPage continues to go up, but the rate is slowing significantly. As of today the two collar counties together have an average of 770 hospitalized COVID patients.

The numbers of ICU beds remains low — at 28 out of a total 323 — which is far below the state threshold of 20%. However, the number of available ICU beds in Region 8 went up by two today.

The IDPH reports 280 ventilators available in Region 8 out of the 576 ventilators in Region 8.

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