COVID-19 UPDATES: 94.81% of U.S. in High Transmission; Post Labor Day Outlook Not Good; Booster Wait For FDA OK –


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OVERVIEW: 94.81% of U.S. in High Transmission; Labor Day COVID Outlook Not What We’d Hoped; Booster On Hold For FDA OK

A summer that began with plunging caseloads in the United States and real hope that the worst of COVID-19 had passed is ending with soaring death counts, full hospitals and a bitter realization that the coronavirus is going to remain a fact of American life for the foreseeable future, the New York Times reports.

The latest information from the Texas Education Agency shows an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases among students across Texas over the past month. There are more than 51,000 student COVID cases in the state so far since they started tracking on Aug. 13. That number  is way up from the 18,000 recorded just two weeks ago, according to an NBC affiliate in Texas.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has stressed the need for approval from the Food and Drug Administration for both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines before proceeding with COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, Fox News reports. President Joe Biden announced in mid-August that the government planned to offer booster shots starting the week of Sept. 20. 


OVERVIEW: Hospitalizations 10 Time More Likely For Unvaccinated Adolescents; Officials Watching Mu Variant; Boosters May Be Delayed

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As the Delta variant swept across the country this summer, unvaccinated adolescents were hospitalized with COVID-19 at 10 times the rate of fully vaccinated adolescents, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Friday. (Washington Post report)

The White House on Friday unveiled a new pandemic preparedness plan, invoking comparisons to the early space program while signaling the administration would seek funding in Congress’s coming budget reconciliation. (Washington Post report)

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues its deadly sweep across the U.S., officials say that they are keeping a “very close eye” on a new variant, dubbed Mu, that may be able to bypass existing coronavirus antibodies, CBS News reports.

Health officials have advised the White House that regulators need more time to review necessary data before approving a COVID-19 booster shot plan, Fox News report.

KANE COUNTY: 144 New Cases, 2 Deaths; Test Positivity 5.0%

Kane County recorded 144 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths today.

The Kane County totals since the pandemic began are 63,850 positive cases and 831 deaths.

Kane County’s seven-date test positive rate stayed at 5.0%.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 53.69% of Kane County residents are fully vaccinated.

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 5,980 New Cases, 47 Deaths; 61% Fully Vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 30,319 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 178 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

Today alone, the IDPH reports 5,980 new cases and 47 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,538,324 cases, including 24,067 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Since reporting on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, laboratories have reported 609,585 specimens for a total of 29,177,890.

As of last night, 2,286 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 551 patients were in the ICU and 302 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2021, is 5.0%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Aug. 27-Sept. 2 is 5.4%.

More than 78% of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 61% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A total of 14,005,857 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight.  The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 26,431 doses. Since reporting on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, 185,014 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

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