One person in the United States died about every minute from COVID-19 on Wednesday as the national death toll surpassed 150,000, the highest in the world
The United States recorded 1,461 new deaths on Wednesday, the highest one-day increase since 1,484 on May 27, according to a Reuters tally.
U.S. coronavirus deaths are rising at their fastest rate in two months and have increased by 10,000 in the past 11 days.
* This is a sound idea…
Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested Wednesday that Americans should consider wearing goggles or a face shield in order to prevent spreading or catching COVID-19.
“If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert told ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton during an Instagram Live conversation on ABC News.
When asked if we’re going to get to a point where eye protection is recommended, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases responded, “It might, if you really want perfect protection of the mucosal surfaces.”
“You have mucosa in the nose, mucosa in the mouth, but you also have mucosa in the eye,” he continued. “Theoretically, you should protect all the mucosal surfaces. So if you have goggles or an eye shield you should use it.”
* Good to see the governor out and about…
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker visited the Peoria County Health Department Thursday to address concerns regarding COVID-19. The county is among four that state health officials last week said had reached a “warning level” for their coronavirus metrics, with two or more COVID-19 risk indicators.
Pritzker said things are “moving backwards” and there needs to be “real change” in Peoria County. If the region has four more days of people getting sicker and more needing hospital admissions, bars will be ordered to close again and that there would be more restrictions on restaurant services, the Governor said.
* Civic Federation…
At all times, it is important that the Illinois General Assembly be able to conduct its legislative duties safely, effectively and in open view of the public. This remains true during emergencies such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure a fully functioning legislature now and in the future, the Civic Federation urges the General Assembly to authorize virtual legislative sessions and committee meetings during the rare occasions when face-to-face gatherings are too dangerous. All remote sessions and meetings should be accessible to the public through widely available technology.
Sangamon County Wednesday reported its highest daily total of new COVID-19 cases – 49 – part of a trend of rising numbers the director of the county’s health department called alarming.
“People are not listening or taking advantage of the guidance to wear masks and socially distance,” said Gail O’Neill, the department director. “That appears to be the problem, especially in so many young people.”
Bars, restaurants and families were key to the spread of the infection, O’Neill said.
Of the 49 newly identified infected people, 31 were younger than 40. The new cases include a 5-month-old, a 6-year-old, five female and one male teens, eight women and eight men in their 20s, seven women in their 30s, two women and two men in their 40s, two women and three men in their 50s, three women and two men in their 60s, a woman and man in their 70s and a woman and man in their 80s.
* The Southern…
Egyptian Health Department is sounding the alarm about an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in southeastern Illinois.
“We have had quite the spike in cases in our local communities that we serve,” said Angie Hampton, CEO of the health department that covers Saline, Gallatin and White counties. “The numbers are real,” she added, “and they are concerning to us.”
On July 1, Saline County had reported a total of nine cases since the start of the pandemic. By Wednesday, it had reported 87 cases.
During that same time period, Gallatin County has seen its total case count rise from 2 to 42; and White County’s cases have increased from 5 to 54.
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