COVID-19 update as of June 9: Cook County remains in a 'high' community risk level, Evanston in the 'medium' risk level - bdsthanhhoavn.com

COVID-19 update as of June 9: Cook County remains in a ‘high’ community risk level, Evanston in the ‘medium’ risk level

The total number of new cases of COVID-19 in Evanston was 254 for the week ending June 8, 4% lower than the week ending June 2. The number of new cases in the state increased by about 4%, but hospitalizations declined.

Cook County, including Chicago, is in the “high” community risk level. Lake, McHenry, DuPage and Will counties are also in the high community risk level. City officials say Evanston is in the “medium” community risk level.

Researchers estimate that the actual number of new cases is about six or seven times the number being reported because many people who test positive on tests taken at home are not reporting them. Some scientists are now saying to pay attention to whether your friends and co-workers are getting COVID, and if so “you probably need to be testing and masking.”  

COVID Vaccines for Children Under 5

Next week a vaccine committee of the Food and Drug Administration is scheduled to consider Moderna’s vaccine for children 6 months to 5-years-old and Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children 6 months to 4-years-old. If the committee recommends the vaccines, the FDA is expected to rule on whether to grant emergency use authorization on June 16 or 17.

The next step is for the Centers for Disease Control and Protection’s panel of independent experts to review the data on June 17 and 18 and make a recommendation. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will then decide whether or not to accept the recommendation.

Moderna’s vaccine contemplates two doses given four weeks apart.

Pfizer’s vaccine contemplates three doses, with the second dose give three weeks after the first, and the third two months after the second.

The FDA and CDC committees will likely give their assessment of the effectiveness of the vaccines based on up to date data.

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