The latest updates from Indiana on the coronavirus pandemic for Saturday, January 8, 2021.
INDIANAPOLIS – Here are the latest updates from Saturday on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on COVID-19 vaccines and testing in Indiana.
Registration for the vaccine is now open for Hoosiers 5 and older through the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Latest US World Numbers
There have been more than 59.38 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 5:30 a.m. Saturday. according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 836,600 deaths have been recorded in the US.
Worldwide, there have been more than 303.23 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with more than 5.48 million deaths and more than 9.38 billion doses of vaccines administered worldwide.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses such as pneumonia or death.
Court documents show Djokovic had COVID-19 last month
Lawyers for tennis star Novak Djokovic have presented court documents in his challenge against deportation from Australia showing that he contracted COVID-19 in mid-December.
Djokovic, ranked number one, was denied entry at Melbourne Airport on Wednesday night after the Australian Border Force canceled his visa for failing to meet the entry requirement that all non-citizens be fully vaccinated. against COVID-19.
Djokovic received a medical exemption on January 1 due to his recent infection and was endorsed by the Victorian state government and Australian Open organizers based on information he provided to two independent medical panels.
Djokovic is in an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne preparing for his challenge in Federal Circuit Court on Monday.
Pfizer Vaccine Appears to Protect Children Against MIS-C
Among 102 children ages 12 to 18 who were hospitalized with the condition, none who had received two Pfizer injections at least 28 days previously required ventilators or other advanced life support. In contrast, 40% of unvaccinated children required such treatment.
The condition, multisystem inflammatory syndrome, causes symptoms that may include persistent fever, abdominal pain, and skin rashes. Most children recover, but 55 deaths have been reported.
The report comes as hospitalizations of American children under the age of 5 with COVID-19 soared in recent weeks to their highest level since the pandemic began, according to government data released Friday on the only age group still you are not eligible for the vaccine.
Since mid-December, with the highly contagious omicron variant raging across the country, the hospitalization rate for these younger children has risen to more than 4 in 100,000 children, compared to 2.5 in 100,000.
The rate among children ages 5 to 17 is about 1 in 100,000, according to CDC data, drawn from more than 250 hospitals in 14 states.
Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccination time reduced to 5 months
U.S. regulators on Friday shortened the time people who received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine have to wait for a booster to five months instead of six.
The Moderna two-dose vaccine is available to Americans 18 years of age and older. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision on Friday means Moderna recipients are eligible for a booster after at least five months have passed since their last injection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed.
That’s in line with the new recommendations for recipients of the Pfizer vaccine. Pfizer’s starter vaccines are available to anyone 5 years of age and older. But only Pfizer recipients age 12 and older are eligible for the boosters, and earlier this week US health authorities said they can receive one five months after their last injection.
In a statement, the FDA’s chief of vaccines, Dr. Peter Marks, said that vaccination is “our best defense against COVID-19” and said a shorter wait for a booster can help as the country battles a increased highly contagious omicron variant.
A booster after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is already recommended two months later.
Indianapolis Public Library Cancels All Programs, Meeting Room Reservations Beginning Monday
The Indianapolis Public Library announced Friday that it will cancel all in-branch library programs and community meeting room reservations beginning Monday, January 10, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
The library shared the announcement. On twitter and said all library branches, online programs, computers, curbside pick-up spots and vaccine clinics will remain open and available.
State reports register 15 thousand positive cases, 150 additional deaths
The Indiana Department of Health reported 15,277 new positive COVID-19 cases Thursday. There have been 1,314,688 positive cases in Indiana since the start of the pandemic.
The state reported that 150 more people died from COVID-19 between November 5, 2021 and Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths to 18,794 Indiana residents.
IDOH also reported that 2,835 other Indiana residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on Friday morning. The total number of Hoosiers residents now considered to be fully vaccinated is 3,575,607.
With an additional 13,579 booster doses administered as of Friday, a total of 1,457,759 booster doses have now been administered to Indiana residents.