October 24, 2021, 4:40 p.m. (ChST)
COVID-19 Updates: 35 New Cases, 53 Hospitalized
53 Hospitalized for COVID-19
SPECIAL NOTE: Based on today's data, if we were to compare two (2) hypothetical populations of 100,000 people each, vaccinated versus unvaccinated, there would be 15 vaccinated people hospitalized for COVID-19 compared to 249 unvaccinated people hospitalized for COVID- 19. The risk of being hospitalized for COVID-19 is about 17 times higher for the unvaccinated as compared to the vaccinated.
Preliminary COVID-19 Test Results: 35 New Cases
Today, the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) reported a preliminary case count of 35 new cases of COVID-19 from 345 specimens analyzed on October 23. Additional results are pending analysis and submission from other clinics and will be reported on Monday, October 25. To date, there have been a total of 17,543 officially reported cases, 227 deaths, 2,230 cases in active isolation, and 15,086 not in active isolation. As of October 22, the CAR Score is 16.8.
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (first two doses), the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
Anyone age 65 years and older
Anyone age 18 years and older with underlying medical conditions
Anyone 18 years and older with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to their occupation (e.g. healthcare workers, law enforcement, fire, K-12 teachers and support staff, university faculty, daycare employees, food and agriculture workers, manufacturing workers, USPS workers, corrections workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers) or institutional settings.
For individuals who received the Johnson and Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.