BA.2 ‘Will Become Dominant’; Illinois hospitalizations, deaths down; Canada Mandate Protesters Take to the Streets – Kane County Connects



OVERVIEW: Illinois Deaths, Hospitalizations Drop; BA.2 ‘Will Become Dominant’; Protesters from Canada demonstrate

As you can see New York Times charts above, cases, tests, hospitalizations and deaths in Illinois have all fallen over the past two weeks.

Hospitalizations in Illinois are declining fastest among people age 70 and older.

Protesters in Ottawa and other cities across Canada took to the streets Saturday for the second weekend in a row to continue demonstrations against pandemic restrictions, the New York Times reports.

Health experts say the BA.2 variant will become the new dominant variant, as seen in Denmark and the UK, the Jerusalem Post reports. Public health bodies in Denmark and the UK determined that the variant was between 30% and 34% more infectious than BA.1. “If you’re with someone in a room who has the virus, you’ll catch it,” said Dr Dorit Nitzan, WHO regional emergency director.

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OVERVIEW: Cases drop; Deaths in the United States nearly 900,000; another 20 cases at the Beijing Olympics; US senators consider COVID commission

In the United States, cases are trending down in all but one state, and deaths have remained stable for the past two days, Johns Hopkins University the data show.

The United States is on the verge of hitting more than 900,000 deaths from COVID-19 – another once unimaginable new toll. And the number of people dying every day continues to rise, NPR reports.

BA.2 cases currently account for around 1.5% of COVID-19 cases – which are largely dominated by the Omicron variant. Cases of BA.2 have been reported in states across the countryLike WashingtonNew York, Connecticut, California and more recently Florida and Illinois. The strain has been detected in 57 countries.

Scientists tracking coronavirus mutations are closely watching a rise in cases of an Omicron subvariant named BA.2, just as countries began to hope for the worst of the latest wave of coronavirus infections. had passed. The strain has been detected in 57 countries

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CDC Vaccine Advisors voted to recommend Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, now fully approved by the FDA, for adults. The CDC director, Dr., will now have to decide whether or not to sign off on the advisers’ recommendation.

The Beijing Olympic Committee has reported more than 20 new cases of COVID-19 among Games-related personnel as the Kick-off of the Winter Olympics.

The New York Times reports that a broad, bipartisan group of senators are coalescing around legislation to create a high-level independent commission, modeled on the one that looked into the 9/11 attacks, with sweeping powers to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and the response through the Trump and Biden administrations.

Spain will lift the requirement for people to wear masks outdoors as a coronavirus measure next week, extending a wider rollback of restrictions as the contagion slowly recedes in the country, Gulfnews reports.

KANE COUNTY: 1,544 new cases, 9 deaths in past 2 days; 24 deaths last week

Kane County has recorded 1,533 new cases and nine additional deaths over the past two days.

These additions bring Kane County’s total to 131,407 positive cases and 1,050 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The Illinois Department of Public Health did not release COVID data Thursday, due to the winter storm.

Kane County recorded 24 additional deaths last week.

Kane’s seven-day test positivity rate is 12.6%, still higher than the state as a whole and neighboring DuPage County, but less than half of what it was there. a week old.

ILLINOIS STATE: 18,464 new cases, 173 deaths in 2 days; 60,389 new cases, 608 deaths last week

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 60,389 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including an increase of 608 deaths since January 28, 2022.

The number of cases reported this week (60,389) is less than half the number reported in the previous week (123,812).

IDPH has reported 18,464 new cases and 173 deaths since Wednesday. IDPH did not report COVID data on Thursday, due to the winter storm.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 2,957,563 cases, including 31,296 deaths, across 102 counties in Illinois. The age of the cases ranges from less than one year to over 100 years.

Since Jan. 28, 2022, labs have reported 1,047,216 samples for a total of 51,846,053. As of last night, 3,135 people in Illinois were in hospital with COVID-19.

Of these, 546 patients were in intensive care and 314 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percentage of total testing from January 28 to February 3, 2022 is 5.8%. The preliminary statewide seven-day test positivity from January 28 to February 3, 2022 is 8.0%.

A total of 20,623,484 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of midnight. The rolling seven-day average of vaccines given daily is 28,626 doses. Since January 28, 2022, 200,384 doses have been reported administered in Illinois.

Of the total Illinois population, more than 75% have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 66% of the total Illinois population is fully vaccinated, and more than 47% have been strengthened according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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