Indiana COVID-19 Pandemic Updates Sunday, June 12, 2022
The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Sunday, June 12, 2022.
INDIANAPOLIS – Here are Sunday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.
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CDC map shows ‘high risk’ Floyd County, 14 ‘medium’ risk Indiana counties
On Sunday, June 12, 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.
The state has reported 8,643 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days, along with 38 deaths from the virus.
Small businesses face a ‘summer of uncertainty’
Small businesses that depend on outside crowds and spendthrift tourists don’t know what to expect this summer. Consumers likely have a lot of pent-up demand after more than two years of the pandemic.
The US Travel Association expects travel spending to be slightly above pre-pandemic levels. But consumers also face significant financial headwinds.
Inflation makes daily living more expensive, which could leave less money for discretionary spending. Gasoline prices are up more than 60% from a year ago and hotel rooms and plane tickets are also more expensive, putting pressure on travel budgets.
“It’s been a summer of uncertainty,” said Ray Keating, chief economist at the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council advocacy group. “Inflation is a major concern and is linked to the increased costs small businesses are seeing from their own vendors and suppliers. There is a tight labor market. It’s a tough mix.
And COVID-19 remains an imminent presence.
Samuel Clark’s business, Broadway Crew, a promotional staffing agency and street crew that promotes Broadway shows, relies heavily on face-to-face interaction with tourists in Times Square. Although her business has recovered since Broadway reopened, it’s not been smooth sailing. Shows are still temporarily closed due to COVID-19 cases.
“It’s a clear and present existential threat – we’re seeing events and shows shutting down and having a week off,” he said.
Latest US and Global Numbers
There have been more than 85.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10 a.m. ET Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 1.01 million recorded deaths in the United States
Worldwide, there have been over 535.13 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 6.3 million deaths and over 11.54 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.
US lifts COVID-19 testing requirement for international travel
The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international air travelers to the United States take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights, easing one of the last remaining government mandates meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the requirement would end early Sunday morning. The health agency said it would continue to monitor the status of the pandemic and reassess the need for a testing requirement if the situation changes.
“This milestone is possible because of the progress we have made in our fight against COVID-19,” said US Health Secretary Xavier Becerra.
Airlines and tourism groups have been lobbying the administration for months to scrap the testing requirement, saying it discourages people from booking international travel because they could be stranded abroad if they contract the virus. virus during their journey.
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Moderna says updated COVID shot bolsters omicron protection
Moderna’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine that combines its original vaccine with protection against the omicron variant appears to work, the company announced Wednesday.
COVID-19 vaccine makers are studying updated boosters that could be offered in the fall to better protect people from future coronavirus outbreaks.
Preliminary results from Moderna’s study show that people receiving the combination vaccine experienced an eight-fold increase in anti-virus antibodies able to target the omicron mutant, the company said.
Today’s COVID-19 vaccines are all based on the original version of the coronavirus. They still provide strong protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death, even after the super-contagious omicron variant emerges, especially if people have been given a booster dose.
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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.