The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic on Friday 24 June 2022.
INDIANAPOLIS – Here are the latest updates on Friday on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on vaccinations and COVID-19 tests in Indiana.
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The CDC map shows 4 southern Indiana counties at “high risk” of spreading COVID-19
On Friday, June 24, 2022, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison and Washington counties, all in southern Indiana, were listed in the CDC data map as having a “high” community risk of spreading COVID-19, while 15 other counties (Bartholomew, Blackford, Clark, Decatur, Dubois, Henry, Fountain, Jackson, Jennings, Knox, Lawrence, Orange, Pike, Shelby, and Warrick ) were listed as “medium” risks.
The latest US and world numbers
There were more than 86.75 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States at 4:30 am ET on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 1.015 million registered deaths in the United States
Worldwide, there have been over 542.13 million confirmed coronavirus cases with over 6.32 million deaths and over 11.63 billion vaccine doses administered.
For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, particularly the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses such as pneumonia or death.
COVID-19 vaccines have saved nearly 20 million lives worldwide, scientists say
Nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been avoided if international targets for strokes were met, the researchers reported Thursday.
The researchers used data from 185 countries to estimate that vaccines prevented 4.2 million deaths from COVID-19 in India, 1.9 million in the United States, 1 million in Brazil, 631,000 in France and 507,000 in the UK. .
Had the World Health Organization’s goal of 40% vaccination coverage by the end of 2021 been met, according to the study released Thursday in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.
The main result – 19.8 million deaths from COVID-19 have been prevented – is based on estimates of how many more deaths than usual have occurred over the time period. Using only reported deaths from COVID-19, the same model produced 14.4 million vaccine-averted deaths.
Appointments solicited for parents who want to vaccinate young children
The Indiana Department of Health is asking Hoosier’s parents to get vaccination appointments for their children. The request is addressed to parents of children aged between 6 months and 5 years.
Parents can contact the vaccine site listed at www.ourshot.in.gov or call 211 for assistance.
Hoosier boys, teens below the national average for COVID-19 vaccines
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionthe percentage of vaccinated children between the ages of 5 and 17 in Indiana falls well below the rate across the country.
About 20% of Indiana children between the ages of 5 and 11 are fully vaccinated, compared with about 30% nationwide. For Hoosier boys between the ages of 12 and 17, about 43% are fully vaccinated, compared to about 60% nationwide.
The White House offers the public an additional 8 free COVID-19 tests
The government website for people requesting free home tests for COVID-19 from the US government is now accepting a third round of orders.
The White House recently announced that US households can request an additional eight free home tests to be mailed via the US Postal Service.
President Joe Biden pledged in January to make 1 billion tests available to the public for free, including 500 million available through covidtests.gov. But only 350 million of the amount available for online ordering has been shipped to date to addresses in the continental United States, its territories and military bases overseas, the White House said.
People who have difficulty getting online 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 each US household to 16 since the program began earlier this year. Families could receive four tests during each of the previous two ordering cycles via the website.
2nd COVID-19 booster shot available for Hoosiers 50+
The Indiana Department of Health has announced that Hoosiers aged 50 and over, as well as those aged 12 and over with weakened immune systems, can now receive a second COVID-19 mRNA booster at least. four months after their first booster dose.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the extra shot as an option, but stopped before urging those who were eligible to run and take it immediately.
IDOH advises vaccine providers to begin giving a second booster of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to qualified individuals.
The CDC also says that 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 one of the two mRNA vaccines.
You can find a vaccination site at ourshot.in.gov or by calling Indiana 211 (866-211-9966). Dating is recommended, but many sites accept walk-ins.