* Get your shots and wear your masks, people…
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.
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* The Lives Lost to Undervaccination, in Charts
* Covid-19 Hospitalizations Map: The Pandemic’s Impact on I.C.U.s
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* ‘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