COVID-19 UPDATE: 4,047 New Illinois Cases; 2 Kane County Deaths; BA.4, BA.5 Trigger Concerns About New Wave in U.S.

COVID-19 UPDATE: 4,047 New Illinois Cases; 2 Kane County Deaths; BA.4, BA.5 Trigger Concerns About New Wave in U.S.



OVERVIEW: CDC Still Recommends Masks on Planes; COVID Trending Up in Most U.S. States; BA.4, BA.5 Could Signal New Wave

The CDC issued a statement today, doubling down on its recommendation that everyone aged 2 and older – including passengers and workers – properly wear a well-fitting mask or respirator over the nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation (such as airplanes, trains) and transportation hubs (such as airports, stations). For more information about safer travel during the pandemic, see Domestic Travel During COVID-19 | CDC and International Travel | CDC.

COVID-19 cases are trending up in most states, and have increased by more than 50% compared with the previous week in Washington, Mississippi, Georgia, Maine, Hawaii, South Dakota, Nevada and Montana. In New York, more than a quarter of the state’s population is in a county with a “high” COVID-19 community level, where the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends indoor masking. (CNN)

Two new strains of COVID — BA.4 and BA.5 — that appear to be more transmissible than even “stealth Omicron” and have the ability to evade antibodies from vaccination and prior infection, have arrived in the U.S. — and they could mean a new wave is coming. (Fortune)

New York City has raised its COVID-19 alert level from “low” to “medium,” amid a rise in cases in the city. If the alert level rises again, to “high,” then the city will consider bringing back its mask mandate for indoor settings, according to New York’s color-coded system.  (The Hill)

Some Illinois residents say they’re still having trouble getting free at-home COVID-19 tests from pharmacies and insurance companies, more than three months after the White House began requiring insurers to cover them. (The Chicago Tribune)


KANE COUNTY: 192 New Cases, 2 Deaths Reported Tuesday

Kane County recorded 192 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths in data reported today by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The new cases raised Kane County’s count to 129,302 positive cases since the IDPH began reporting COVID numbers.

Kane County’s death toll had held at 1,125 since April 14, a period of 19 days, during which time the death total clicked up by one but then was adjusted down by one.

The two Kane County COVID-19 deaths come on a day when there were a total of nine statewide.

Kane County is now showing a seven-day daily case rate of 32.3 per 100,000 population.


STATE OF ILLINOIS: 4,047 New Cases, 9 Deaths Tuesday

Illinois recorded one of its highest single-day COVID-19 case jumps in the past two months, adding 4,047 new cases today.

The statewide case total is now at 3,151,710 positive cases recorded since the pandemic began.

There were nine deaths reported today statewide, bringing the total to 33,629.

The daily case rate continues to raise and is now at 30.3 per 100,000 population statewide. The average number of diagnosed hospital admission per day is 65.


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