Indiana Coronavirus Updates for September 23, 2022

Friday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for September 23, 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Thursday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Vaccine registrations are now open to all Hoosiers across the Indiana Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Canada to drop border vaccination mandate on September 30

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved Canada’s removal of the requirement to vaccinate people entering the country at the end of September, an official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Canada, like the United States, requires foreign nationals to be vaccinated when entering the country. No mandate changes are expected in the United States in the short term.

Unvaccinated foreign travelers who are permitted to enter Canada are currently subject to mandatory on-arrival testing and a 14-day quarantine.

The official said Trudeau had agreed to let a Cabinet order imposing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements at the border expire on September 30. The official said earlier this week that the Prime Minister must give his final approval. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Trudeau’s Liberal government still decides to maintain the requirement for passengers to wear face masks on trains and planes.

Unvaccinated professional athletes like major league baseball players would be allowed to play in Toronto in the playoffs if the Blue Jays qualified for the playoffs. They are currently not allowed to cross the border into Canada.

4.4 Million Americans Roll Up Their Sleeves For omicron Targeted Boosters

US health officials say 4.4 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves for the COVID-19 reminder update. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the tally Thursday as public health experts lamented President Joe Biden’s recent remark that “the pandemic is over.”

The White House said more than 5 million people had received the new boosters by its own estimate which takes into account notification delays in states.

Health experts said it was too early to predict whether demand would match the 171 million doses of the new boosters ordered by the United States for the fall.

“No one would go and look at our flu shot intake at this point and be like, ‘Oh, what a disaster,'” said Dr. David Dowdy, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “If we start to see a big increase in cases, I think we are going to see a lot of people getting the (new COVID vaccine).”

A temporary shortage of the Moderna vaccine has prompted some pharmacies to cancel appointments while encouraging people to postpone a Pfizer vaccine. The issue was expected to resolve as government regulators completed an inspection and approved batches of vaccine doses for distribution.

CDC map shows 1 Indiana county at ‘high risk’ for spreading COVID-19, 21 at ‘medium risk’

On Friday, September 23, 2022, only one county in Indiana was categorized as high risk for the spread of COVID-19.

The only county in Indiana listed on the CDC data card as having a “high” community risk for the spread of COVID-19 is Perry in southern Indiana.

There were also 21 Indiana counties listed as “medium” risk, including Hancock, Henry and Delaware in central Indiana.

The majority of central Indiana counties are listed as “low” risk for the spread of COVID-19 as of Friday morning.

In the past seven days, Indiana has recorded 5,299 new cases and 60 deaths. The 7-day rolling average of new hospitalizations for COVID-19 is 73.

Latest US and Global Numbers

There have been more than 95.96 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 4 a.m. ET Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 1.05 million recorded deaths in the United States

Worldwide, there have been over 614.09 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 6.53 million deaths and over 12.25 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 lead to more serious illnesses like pneumonia or death.

President Biden said ‘the pandemic is over’ in ’60 Minutes’ interview

President Joe Biden said in a 60 minute interview that the COVID-19 pandemic is “over”, adding that the virus itself is still a problem.

“The pandemic is over,” Biden said in the interview, which aired Sunday. “We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still working on it a lot.”

Biden, who was asked about the pandemic in reference to the first Detroit Auto Show in three years, said the show was a “perfect example” of a shift in the global fight against COVID-19.

“If you notice, nobody’s wearing a mask,” Biden said. “Everyone seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think that’s changing.”

The president’s remarks were apparently off the cuff, with two unnamed senior health officials told the Washington Post that the administration was surprised.

The World Health Organization still considers COVID-19 a pandemic, although its leader recently expressed an optimistic view.

“Last week, the number of weekly deaths from COVID-19 reported was the lowest since March 2020. We have never been better placed to end the pandemic,” said WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a press conference. virtual press conference last week. “We’re not there yet, but the end is in sight.”

IDOH: More locations added for new COVID-19 reminders

The Indiana Department of Health announced last week that it had added additional locations offering the newly approved COVID-19 boosters to its online map.

Appointments are not yet available online, but can be made by contacting a pharmacy or health care provider, or by calling 211 for assistance.

Additional locations will be added as vaccine shipments continue to arrive across Indiana, the state health department said.

“The omicron variant has been the leading cause of COVID-19 infections for months, so having a vaccine that specifically targets this variant as well as the delta variant will help keep Hoosiers healthier as we enter fall and winter. winter, when respiratory diseases often increase. Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG said in a statement. “I encourage eligible individuals to consider receiving the new COVID-19 booster when scheduling their annual flu vaccine and to incorporate their protection against COVID-19 into their annual healthcare strategy.”

The new Pfizer booster is available for ages 12 and older, while the Moderna booster has been licensed for ages 18 and older. Individuals are eligible to receive an updated booster dose as long as it has been at least two months since they received their last booster dose or completed their primary vaccine series.

More information can be found on the ministry of health website.

Updated COVID-19 boosters now available at Meijer, Walgreens and CVS

All Pharmacies Meijer in the Midwest now offer the updated COVID-19 boosters, which help protect against the BA.4 and BA.5 variants.

The new boosters target today’s most common omicron strains.

Meijer officials are encouraging people to stay on top of COVID-19 reminders and flu shots ahead of the holiday season.

Health officials say the COVID-19 booster and the flu shot can be received during the same appointment.

To schedule a vaccination appointment with Meijer, text “COVID” or “flu” to 75049, visit their website or call your local pharmacy.

CVS officials said locations in the region now offer the new reminders, with more doses to come on an ongoing basis over the coming days and weeks. Appointments are recommended and can be made online.

In the same way, Walgreens also offers new boosters with shipments arriving daily. Their online portal displays available appointments in central Indiana.

The CDC recommends Hoosiers sign up for an appointment if it’s been more than two months since their last dose of the vaccine.

What to know about the symptoms of the BA.5, BA.4 variants

As Americans step up summer travel without their face masks, two subvariants of COVID-19 are causing an increase in cases.

BA.5, which accounts for 65% of cases, and BA.4, which accounts for 16% of cases, are omicron’s smarter cousins. Both subvariants evade antibodies and even vaccine protections, as they are one of the most contagious versions of the virus to date.

“He knows how to trick our immune system,” said TEGNA medical expert Dr. Payal Kohli.

Since the sub-variants derived from the original omicron variant, symptoms fall under the same umbrella. However, symptoms still vary depending on vaccination status, age, previous infection, medications and other factors, Kohli said.

Data collected from the Zoe app in the UK show that most symptoms mimic the common cold, with sore throat and runny nose. Kohli said a significant change in symptoms for the subvariants is an increase in sneezing, which was not seen in earlier forms of the COVID-19 variant.

The subvariants responsible for the latest outbreak pose a different threat because they also have higher reinfection rates.

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