Illinois COVID cases today: IL reports 7,558 new cases, 36 deaths

CHICAGO (WLS) — Illinois public health officials reported 7,558 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 36 related deaths Friday, one day after the state reported a record high number of cases for 2021. There have been 1,835,076 total COVID cases, including 26,535 deaths in the state since the pandemic began. RELATED: Minnesota reports … Read more

Orange County expecting arrival of omicron variant of COVID-19

The discovery of the COVID-19 omicron variant in Los Angeles and other parts of California means it’s only a matter of time before it shows up in Orange County, local health officials say. The best defense against that likelihood, they note, is vaccination. “We shouldn’t panic,” says county Supervisor Katrina Foley. “The good news is … Read more

1st case of omicron variant detected in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY (WABC) — Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced that the New Jersey Department of Health has identified a case of the omicron variant in a traveler to the state. The individual, an adult female, who is a fully vaccinated Georgia resident, had recently traveled to South … Read more

‘Get Vaccinated And Get Boosted’: Gov. Baker Pushes COVID Shots In Brockton

BROCKTON (CBS) – Governor Charlie Baker got a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Shaw’s Center in Brockton Friday, urging others to do the same, especially in light of the Omicron variant. “The science on this one’s clear, the vaccines do help keep people from getting very sick from this virus and the … Read more

Probe Ordered Into Brazilian President Bolsonaro For Linking Covid Vaccines To AIDS

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has declined to take the Covid vaccine. (File) Brasilia: A Brazilian Supreme Court justice ordered on Friday that a probe be opened into President Jair Bolsonaro for having said during a live broadcast on multiple social media platforms in October that COVID-19 vaccines may raise the chance of contracting AIDS. Bolsonaro, … Read more

COVID News: Vaccine boosters safe and effective, UK study shows

NEW YORK (WABC) — A new study published in the The Lancet suggests that getting any booster shot appears safe and significantly raises antibody levels. The study, conducted in the UK, also looked at AstraZeneca as a primary vaccination, as well as boosters from companies like Curvac and Novovax. These vaccines are not authorized in … Read more

‘Caution not panic’: Officials confirm 5 omicron cases in New York

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Officials are urging caution, not panic, after New York has been added to the growing list of states with confirmed cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant. Those states include Minnesota, where a man is believed to have contracted the variant of COVID-19 during a visit last month to the Javits … Read more

Fake news: Man caught after trying to get COVID jab in prosthetic arm

A man has been rumbled in Italy after trying to get a vaccine in a prosthetic arm. The 50-year-old from Piedmont was attempting to “fool health workers” and get a COVID health pass, said the region’s president Alberto Cirio. Italy has been operating the passes since the summer. They allow those vaccinated, testing negative or … Read more

COVID wrap: Germany targets unvaccinated, Austria extends lockdown

COVID-19 cases are sweeping Europe once again – here is a breakdown of how each country has reacted to the surge. Measures vary across the continent, from a national lockdown in Austria to the United Kingdom where only light restrictions are in place. Concerns over the Omicron new variant detected in South Africa has prompted … Read more

5 Cases Of Omicron Variant Found In New York, Gov. Hochul Says

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Five cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant have been confirmed in New York. Four were reported in New York City and one in Suffolk County, Gov. Kathy Hochul said at a Thursday evening news conference. READ MORE: First U.S. Case Of Omicron Variant Detected In California Officials say two of the … Read more