ERECEIVE OTHERS TO BE VACCINATED
OVERVIEW: Biden says Americans themselves should decide if they want to wear masks; BA.2 Is 90% of US variants;
President Biden said Tuesday that Americans should decide for themselves whether to wear masks, which underscores his administration’s efforts to encourage Americans to continue wearing face masks on planes, trains and buses, even after a federal judge struck down a nationwide mask mandate on public transportation. (New York Times)
Riders are still required to wear masks while taking public transportation in New York City, despite a federal judge in Florida’s decision Monday to overturn the nationwide mask mandate on aircraft and public transport.
People over the age of 60 should make an appointment to receive another COVID-19 booster shot, according to U.S. officials, who cited a study indicating that a fourth shot reduces markedly the risk of COVID-19 infection and death among the elderly. (Seattle Times)
The BA.2 subspecies of Omicron and its subgenus BA.2.12.1 is estimated to account for more than 90% of coronavirus variants in the United States per capita. April 16, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. . (Reuters)
STATEMENT: CDC launches new center for forecasting and outbreak analysis
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the launch of Center for Forecasts and Outbreak Analysis. The CFA seeks to improve the nation’s ability to use data, models, and analytics to enable timely, effective decision-making in response to public health threats to the CDC and its public health partners.
The CFA’s goal is to improve the outbreak response through modeling of infectious diseases and assays and to provide support to leaders at the federal, state, and local levels. The CFA will also develop a program to provide the public with insights into infectious disease incidents to inform individual decision-making – similar to the National Weather Service for Infectious Diseases.
“I’m glad we’ve launched the CDC’s Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics,” said CDC Director, Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “This new center is an example of how we are modernizing the ways we prepare for and responding to threats to public health. I am proud of the work that has come out of this group so far and eager to see continued innovation. in the use of data, modeling and analysis to improve outbreak responses. “
The CFA’s work will focus on three main pillars: predicting, informing and innovating. The CFA has begun building a world-class outbreak analysis team with experts across multiple disciplines to develop faster, richer evidence to predict trends and guide emergency decision-making.
To better inform our partners, CFA hires expert communicators to regularly share insights with federal, state and local partners and the public. The CFA will also continue to advance the science of outbreak data, models and analyzes to improve the nation’s ability to respond to health emergencies.
“The competencies and team we are building on the new center will improve decision-making in a health crisis,” said Dylan George, PhD, Director of Operations, CFA. “I’m proud of the CFA team and excited about the future. Better data and analytics will give us better answers to protect all Americans.”
Planning for the CFA began in August 2021 with the initial $ 200 million funding from the U.S. Rescue Planning Act. So far, the CDC has allocated $ 26 million in funding to academic institutions and federal partners to promote modeling and forecasting methods with an emphasis on workforce development and health equality.
In December 2021, the CFA worked with academic partners to gather models that anticipated the Omicron wave and generated early estimates of Omicron’s severity, allowing executives to strengthen their response.
For more information on CFA, visit www.cdc.gov/CFA.
KANE COUNTY: 117 new cases, 0 deaths reported Tuesday
Kane County recorded 117 new COVID-19 cases and no further deaths in data released today by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
According to IDPH, Kane County has recorded 127,119 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,125 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.
Kane County’s seven-day rolling case rate is 16.2 per. 100,000 inhabitants.
There were two COVID-19 hospitalizations on April 16th.
ILLINOIS STATE: 2,471 new cases, 20 deaths reported Tuesday; The state lifting mask mandates for transit
The state of Illinois registered 2,471 new COVID-19 cases and 20 additional deaths today.
According to IDPH, Illinois has seen 3,102,711 COVID-19 cases and 33,537 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.
Across the country, 27% of intensive care beds are available.
State of Illinois COVID-19 data