The availability of local intensive care beds drops to 14%; 11,858 new cases statewide, 421 in Kane; UK cases set record – Kane County Connects



OVERVIEW: CDC Panel Says Moderna, Pfizer is Preferred Over J&J; The UK reports a high total of new cases in a single day; NYC cases double in 3 days

Vaccine advisers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted 15-0 on Thursday to change the recommendations to clarify that COVID-19 vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech were preferred over Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.

The UK on Thursday reported a record 88,376 COVID-19 cases, the highest number of daily cases since the start of the pandemic, CNN reports.

Omicron multiplies 70 times faster in the human bronchus, which supplies oxygen to the lungs, than the Delta variant and the original virus that was first detected in China, according to a study released by the University of Hong Kong on Wednesday.

The percentage of people in New York City testing positive for COVID-19 doubled in three days this week, and a senior adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was an indication of the Omicron variant escape immunity in a way the virus has never had before, NBC4 New York reports.

KANE COUNTY: 421 new cases, 3 more Death

Kane County recorded 421 new cases and three additional deaths from COVID19 today, according to data released by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Kane County’s totals since the start of the pandemic are 78,353 positive cases and 929 deaths.

Kane County’s seven-day test positive rate fell to 6.9%.

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 11,858 new cases, 52 deaths; Availability of intensive care drops to 14%

The availability of intensive care beds in Kane-DuPage Region 8 fell to 14% today, six percentage points below the state threshold.

Meanwhile, the seven-day rolling rate of COVID-19 hospital patients has risen to 352.

The state recorded 11,858 new cases, one of the highest single-day totals since the start of the pandemic. To date, there have been 1,933,291 positive cases of COVID-19 in Illinois.

The state recorded 52 more deaths today, bringing the total to 27,065 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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