COVID-19 UPDATE: Pandemic 'Far From Over', 24,646 New Cases Statewide; DuPage Still at Moderate Level

COVID-19 UPDATE: Pandemic ‘Far From Over’, 24,646 New Cases Statewide; DuPage Still at Moderate Level

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5PM SUNDAY

OVERVIEW: Amazon Ends Paid COVID Leave; COVID Cases And Hospitalizations Up; Gates Says Pandemic Far From Over

Giant online retailer Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) will end its paid time-off policy for employees with COVID-19 from May 2, the company told U.S.-based staff on Saturday. (Reuters)

Bill Gates

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are rising in a majority of American states, in what appears to be the first widespread increase since the peak of the Omicron surge in January.  (New York Times)

The coronavirus pandemic is far from over, Bill Gates has warned, saying there could still be a variant which is “even more transmissive and even more fatal”. (Sky News)

 

3:30PM

OVERVIEW: BA.2 Subvariant Jumps in LA County; San Francisco OKs Mask Mandate; Vax For Under 5 Could Come as Soon as June

COVID-19 vaccines could be authorized for the United States’ youngest children as early as June, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s latest meeting schedule.

The highly-infectious BA.2 subvariant of the coronavirus has contributed to a dramatic increase in the number of cases in Los Angeles County over the past several days, although hospitalizations have remained low. On Thursday, the L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer reported 2,335 new cases. The daily average over the past seven days rose to 1,764, up from 1,261 the previous week, she said. The daily average case number is roughly triple the number it was a month ago. (CNN)

Figures released today by the CDC indicate that in the past eight weeks BA.2.12.1 has not only outcompeted BA.2 in terms of growth, but it has now become the dominant variant in the region made up of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The CDC data indicates that BA.12.2 now accounts for 58% of new cases in the region. In New York State, its share is much higher.

Officials in San Francisco voted to approve a mask mandate on Thursday for people using its public transportation system. (Fox News)

Black and Hispanic Americans remain far more cautious in their approach to COVID-19 than white Americans, recent polls show, reflecting diverging preferences on how to deal with the pandemic as federal, state and local restrictions fall by the wayside. (Associated Press)

 

KANE COUNTY: 237 New Cases, 0 Deaths Friday; Cases Rising on Steep Trajectory

Kane County recorded 237 new COVID-19 cases but no new COVID-19 deaths today.

According to data posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health website, the Kane County totals are 128,685 positive cases and 1,125 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.

Kane County is averaging two COVID-19 hospital admissions per day. The seven-day rolling average of ICU bed availability is 31%.

Kane County’s case rate is  29.4 cases per 100,000 population.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 24,646 New Cases, 24 Deaths Over Past Week; DuPage Still at Moderate Level; IDPH Stressing Therapeutic Medications to Treat COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 24,646 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 46 deaths since April 22, 2022.

That represents a 25.8% increase in cases over the previous week.

Today alone, the IDPH reported 5,955 new COVID-19 cases and 15 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 3,138,682 cases, including 33,614 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois since the beginning of the pandemic.

As of last night, 732 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 75 patients were in the ICU and 32 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.  The preliminary seven-day statewide case rate is 193 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 Illinoisans.

IDPH officials noted that the case rate has been slowly rising in the state and five Illinois counties are now rated by the CDC as having a Medium Community Level of COVID-19. These counties are DuPage, Lake, Champaign, Logan and McLean.

At the Medium Community Level, persons who are elderly or immunocompromised (at risk of severe outcomes) are advised to wear a mask in indoor public places. In addition, they should make sure to get up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines or get their 2nd booster, if eligible.

IDPH Acting Director Amaal Tokars said the State of Illinois remains strongly positioned to respond in the event of a new COVID-19 surge. The department has been supporting pharmacies and healthcare providers in efforts to increase their inventories of the various FDA-authorized treatment.

There are more than 2,200 treatment locations in Illinois – including all the major retail pharmacies –  and that over 96.7% of the state’s population is within a 10-mile radius of one of these locations.

“The most important point we want to stress about COVID-19 treatments is that timing is essential, and the public should know that it is critically important to consult a healthcare provider and seek treatment immediately if you test positive,” Tokars said. “The treatments are widely available with a prescription, and they are much more effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths when they are taken early in the course of the illness.”

A total of 21,871,464 vaccines have been administered in Illinois. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 15,913 doses.  Since April 22, 2022, 111,391 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

Of Illinois’ total population, more than 76% has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, more than 68% of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated, and more than 51% of the vaccinated population is boosted according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Data indicates that the risk of hospitalization and severe outcomes from COVID-19 is much higher for unvaccinated people than for those who are up to date on their vaccinations.

All data are provisional and are subject to 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.

The federal government has established a new website that provides an all-purpose toolkit with information on how to obtain masks, treatment, vaccines and testing resources for all areas of the country at: https://www.covid.gov/.

 

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