COVID-19 UPDATE: KANE HITS 1,000 DEATHS; 6,054 in Illinois Hospitals; Omicron Should Peak in U.S. By Mid February

COVID-19 UPDATE: KANE HITS 1,000 DEATHS; 6,054 in Illinois Hospitals; Omicron Should Peak in U.S. By Mid February

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1:30PM SUNDAY

OVERVIEW: One-Quarter of All COVID Cases Happened Last Month; Omicron Should Peak By Mid-February; New Zealand Rolls Out New Restrictions

More than a quarter of the COVID-19 pandemic’s total cases in the United States have been reported in the past month, during the Omicron surge, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The recent COVID-19 wave seems to have peaked in some areas where the Omicron variant first hit in the US, like Boston and New York. But it’s still raging out of control in other parts of the country, CNN reports. Cases have dropped at least 10% compared with last week in 14 states, but 26 states saw cases rise at least 10%.

New Zealand is rolling out new COVID-19 restrictions as the country works to prevent an outbreak in cases driven by the omicron variant, The Hill reports. Private gatherings in homes that follow vaccine pass regulations will be limited to 100 people, while meetings at other venues will be curbed at 100 people based on 1 meter of physician distancing.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,”  said he is “as confident as you can be” that most states will have reached a peak of omicron COVID-19 cases by mid-February.

Picture a not-too-distant future when you can book that summer trip to Italy or you don’t have to remember to take off your mask for graduation photos. After the past 25 months, forgetting the pandemic for even a little while may sound like a fantasy — after all, the coronavirus has gotten our hopes up before, ABC7 reports. But infectious disease experts say there just may be an end in sight. Maybe.

 

3:50PM FRIDAY

OVERVIEW: 5,570,163 Deaths Worldwide; New Data Boosts Boosters; Texas Judge Blocks Fed Mandate

Booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines aren’t just preventing infections with the contagious Omicron variant — they’re also keeping infected Americans from ending up in the hospital, according to data published on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York Times reports.

The mystery of why people infected with COVID-19 lose their taste or smell may lie in a genetic risk factor, according to a recent study published in Nature Genetics, Fox News Reports.

Cases of COVID-19 have been detected in recent arrivals into Beijing for the upcoming Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said in a statement issued Wednesday.

A judge in Texas ruled on Friday that President Joe Biden could not require federal employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and blocked the U.S. government from disciplining employees who failed to comply, Reuters reports.

A new study adds to growing evidence that there is no connection between COVID-19 vaccinations and a reduced chance of conceiving, CNN reports.

 

KANE COUNTY: 2,466 New Cases, 5 Deaths; 1,000 Kane Residents Have Died From COVID-19

Kane County hit the 1,000 mark for COVID-19 deaths, according to data released today by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

According to the IDPH, Kane County recorded 2,466 new cases and five additional deaths today.

The Kane County totals to date are 111,479 positive cases and 1,000 deaths.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rolling average dropped to 17.9%

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 183,722 New Cases, 746 Deaths in Past Week; 6,054 in Illinois Hospitals, 560 on Ventilators

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 183,722 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including an increase of 746 deaths since Jan. 14, 2022.

Today alone, Illinois added 40,642 new cases — among the highest single-day totals of the pandemic — and 137 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 2,773,362 cases, including 29,845 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

Since Jan. 14, 2022, laboratories have reported 1,539,013 specimens for a total of 49,488,107.

As of last night, 6,054 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 972 patients were in the ICU and 560 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20 is 11.9%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Jan. 14 – 20, 2022 is 15.3%.

A total of 20,207,132 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 44,420 doses.

Since Jan. 14, 2022, 310,939 doses were reported administered in Illinois. Of Illinois’ total population, more than 74% has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, 65% of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated, and almost 49% 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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