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Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021

* Get your shots and wear your masks, people…


Update

The ICU bed availability data is constantly in motion. According to the Region Five Hospital Coordinating Center, three ICU beds opened up at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital on Tuesday.

Hopefully, it wasn’t because anybody died. But local leaders have got to start taking this thing a whole lot more seriously. Their people are getting sick and clogging up the healthcare system, and some are dying, yet they either stand by silently or encourage “resistance.”

* Remember personal responsibility? Yeah, it’s still a thing

[SIU Chancellor Austin A. Lane] stressed the need for everyone to exercise personal safety.

“It is incumbent upon everyone, especially our adults — and I’m calling our students adults at 18 — it is your responsibility to act responsibly. Be well informed and get the information you need to know to keep yourself safe, and don’t be reckless, because that could have consequences that now that we know can lead to death. I’m putting that responsibility on all of the adults to take care of yourselves and each other. It is your responsibility to help us in beating this pandemic, because we’re definitely fighting it right now,” he said.

The adults out there acting like spoiled-rotten brats just make my blood boil.

* And the unvaccinated are costing us all big money. From a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis, which it admits is “conservative”

Our analysis of HHS and CDC data indicates there were 32,000 preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations in June, 68,000 preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations in July, and another 187,000 preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations among unvaccinated adults in the U.S. in August, for a total of 287,000 across the three months. We explain more on how we arrived at these numbers below.

If each of these preventable hospitalizations cost roughly $20,000, on average, that would mean these largely avoidable hospitalizations have already cost billions of dollars since the beginning of June.

From June through August 2021, preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations among unvaccinated adults cost over $5 Billion

The actual number is $5.7 billion, but who’s counting?

* Just pathetic

The percent of the Kankakee County population with COVID-19 vaccinations crossed 40 percent last week after more than eight months of vaccine distribution efforts.

Currently, 40.53 percent of Kankakee County’s population is fully vaccinated, or 44,588 people, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

After inching along in July, the county’s daily vaccination rate increased slightly during August and early September. The seven-day average for daily doses administered is 183.

Kankakee County Health Department administrator John Bevis is hoping the county can continue to increase its vaccination rate.

* More…

* COVID-19 update: 2,263 hospitalized, 40 more deaths, 4,660 new cases

* The Lives Lost to Undervaccination, in Charts

* Covid-19 Hospitalizations Map: The Pandemic’s Impact on I.C.U.s

* Millions lifted out of poverty due to COVID-19 relief funds, census data show

* ‘More frustrating than anything else’: McConchie describes his breakthrough COVID-19 case: Overall, “I’ll say it was relatively mild and my doctor says because having been vaccinated, it probably assisted in keeping that mild, and having no expertise I took him at his word.

* John A. Logan offering $200 to fully vaccinated students

* ‘Fiddle while the city burns’: Inside Peoria’s tense council meeting on COVID relief money

- Posted by Rich Miller        

10 Comments »
  1. - Joe Bidenopolous - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 2:21 pm:

    ==And the unvaccinated are costing us all big money.==

    This is what will eventually drag us out of the pandemic. When states and businesses realize the cost of treating the unvaccinated and how it is exploding their (future) premiums, the unvaccinated will likely get a nice little monthly surcharge to go along with their recalcitrance and plague spreading. It’s only at that point that some people will go get their shots.


  2. - Roman - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 2:50 pm:

    == the unvaccinated will likely get a nice little monthly surcharge ==

    That can’t happen soon enough.


  3. - Thomas Paine - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 2:50 pm:

    At this rate, K3 will be fully vaccinated by 2023.


  4. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 3:00 pm:

    Let’s have a tax on the unvaxed to cover the costs of their recalcitrance. Maybe Sen. Bailey will sponsor the bill; he’s all for personal responsibility.


  5. - Moe Berg - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 3:03 pm:

    Put another way, Kankakee is on par with Alabama in terms of % vaccinated.

    To be sure, there are Illinois counties with a lower % vaccinated than Kankakee. However, for counties with a population greater than 100,000, Kankakee is the lowest.


  6. - Amalia - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 3:11 pm:

    truly sad that people are vaccinated at such a low rate in some parts of this state. it is endangering lives.


  7. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 5:46 pm:

    And you thought the cost of health insurance was insane before… just wait….


  8. - Only COVID - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 8:06 pm:

    why is it that we care about the expense of COVID but we don’t care about the expense of self inflicted drugs; alcohol; obesity, cancer etc.???


  9. - Timmeh - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 8:31 pm:

    OnlyCOVID: We do. Ever hear of excise taxes on cigarettes and alcohol? Proponents bring up the cost savings benefits for medicaid and medicare. The Chicago sugar tax that was quickly repealed: the benefits are measurable in Europe for countries who have similar laws.

    That’s alcohol, cancer, and obesity, just like you said. All it took were a few easy examples.


  10. - DirtLawyer - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 9:27 pm:

    Kankakee County is, for all intents and purposes, Alabama County, Illinois. According to the county health department there were 400 COVID cases in the last seven days, 122 of which were pediatric. The icing on the cake was the “freedom rally” held Sunday, with hundreds of people in attendance.


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