Indiana coronavirus updates for June 16, 2022
The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Thursday, June 16, 2022.
INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Thursday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.
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Dr. Fauci tests positive for COVID-19
Dr. Anthony Fauci, 81, has tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms, according to the National Institutes of Health said Wednesday.
Fauci, director of NIAID and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice, the NIH said. He is currently self-isolating while working from home and has not recently been in close contact with Biden or other senior government officials.
Fauci’s positive COVID test comes two days after US Health Secretary Xavier Becerra tested positive for COVID-19 again, less than a month after showing symptoms of the virus during a trip to Germany.
FDA advisers move closer to COVID-19 injections for children under 5
Injections of COVID-19 for infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the United States came closer on Wednesday.
The Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine advisers approved both Moderna shots for the little ones. The panel is expected to vote later Wednesday on whether to recommend Pfizer’s three-shot series for these youngsters as well.
Outside experts voted unanimously that the benefits of Moderna’s snaps outweigh the risks for children under 5, or about 18 million young people.
They are the last remaining group in the United States to be vaccinated, and many parents have been keen to protect their grandchildren. If all regulatory steps are completed, the shots should be available next week.
FDA reviewers said both brands appear to be safe and effective for children as young as 6 months old in posted analyzes before the one-day meeting. Side effects, including fever and fatigue, were generally minor in both cases and less common than in adults.
Both vaccines use the same technology but there are differences. In a call with reporters earlier this week, vaccine experts noted that the vaccines have not been tested against each other, so there is no way to tell parents if one is superior.
If the FDA agrees with its advisers and authorizes the injections, there is one more step. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will decide on a formal recommendation after their own advisers meet on Saturday. If the CDC approves, the injections could be available as early as Monday or Tuesday at doctor’s offices, hospitals and pharmacies.
CDC map shows ‘high risk’ Floyd County, 14 ‘medium’ risk Indiana counties
On Thursday, June 16, 2022, Floyd County was listed on the CDC data card “medium” risk.
Around Indiana, the metropolitan areas of Louisville (medium) and Chicago (high) are also deemed at risk by the CDC.
Latest US and Global Numbers
There have been more than 85.94 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 5 a.m. ET Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 1.01 million recorded deaths in the United States
Worldwide, there have been over 537.35 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 6.31 million deaths and over 11.57 billion doses of vaccine administered.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older people and people with existing health conditions, it can cause more serious illnesses like pneumonia or death.
The White House offers 8 additional free COVID-19 tests to the public
The government website for people to request free home COVID-19 tests from the US government is now accepting a third round of orders.
The White House recently announced that American households can request that eight additional free home tests be shipped by the US Postal Service.
President Joe Biden pledged in January to make 1 billion tests available to the public for free, including 500 million through covidtests.gov. But only 350 million of the amount available for online ordering has been shipped so far to addresses across the continental United States, its territories and overseas military bases, the White House said.
People who are having trouble logging in or need help placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.
Round three brings the total number of free tests available to every US household to 16 since the program began earlier this year. Households were eligible to receive four tests during each of the previous two rounds of ordering through the website.
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2nd COVID-19 reminder available for Hoosiers 50+
The Indiana Department of Health has announced that Hoosiers age 50 and older, as well as those age 12 and older with compromised immune systems, are now eligible to receive a second COVID-19 mRNA booster. at least four months after their first booster dose.
The announcement comes a day after the Food and Drug Administration authorized an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for this age group and some younger people with severely weakened immune systems.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later recommended the additional injection as an option, but did not urge eligible people to rush in and get it immediately.
IDOH is advising vaccine providers that they can begin giving second boosters of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to eligible people.
The CDC also says adults who received a primary vaccine and a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least four months ago can now receive a second booster dose of either mRNA vaccine. .
You can find a vaccination point at ourshot.in.gov or by calling Indiana 211 (866-211-9966). Appointments are recommended, but many sites accept walk-ins.