Sunday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for September 18, 2022.
INDIANAPOLIS — Here are Sunday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.
Registration for the vaccine is now open for all Hoosiers through the Indiana Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.
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CDC map shows 2 Indiana counties at ‘high risk’ of spreading COVID-19
On Sunday, September 18, 2022, two counties in Indiana were categorized as high risk for the spread of COVID-19.
The central Indiana counties listed on the CDC data map as having “high” community risk for the spread of COVID-19 are Gibson and Warrick in southern Indiana.
There were also 41 Indiana counties listed as “medium” risk, including Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Delaware, Grant, Hancock, Henry, Howard, Monroe, Rush and Tipton in central Indiana.
Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties in central Indiana are listed as “low” risks for the spread of COVID-19 as of Sunday morning.
Over the past seven days, Indiana has recorded 7,334 new cases and 75 deaths. The 7-day rolling average of new hospital admissions for COVID-19 is 75.86.
Latest US and Global Numbers
There have been more than 95.65 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 1.05 million recorded deaths in the United States
Worldwide, there have been over 611.83 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 6.52 million deaths and over 12.22 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.
IDOH: More locations added for new COVID-19 reminders
The Indiana Department of Health announced Tuesday that it has added additional locations offering the newly approved COVID-19 boosters to its online map.
Appointments are not yet available online, but can be made by contacting a pharmacy or health care provider, or by calling 211 for assistance.
Additional locations will be added as vaccine shipments continue to arrive across Indiana, the state health department said.
“The omicron variant has been the leading cause of COVID-19 infections for months, so having a vaccine that specifically targets this variant as well as the delta variant will help keep Hoosiers healthier as we enter fall and winter. winter, when respiratory diseases often increase. Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG said in a statement. “I encourage eligible individuals to consider receiving the new COVID-19 booster when scheduling their annual flu vaccine and to incorporate their protection against COVID-19 into their annual healthcare strategy.”
The new Pfizer booster is available for ages 12 and older, while the Moderna booster has been licensed for ages 18 and older. Individuals are eligible to receive an updated booster dose as long as it has been at least two months since they received their last booster dose or completed their primary vaccine series.
More information can be found on the Ministry of Health website.
Updated COVID-19 boosters now available at Meijer, Walgreens and CVS
All Meijer pharmacies in the Midwest now carry the updated COVID-19 boosters, which help protect against the BA.4 and BA.5 variants.
The new boosters target today’s most common omicron strains.
Meijer officials are encouraging people to stay on top of COVID-19 reminders and flu shots ahead of the holiday season.
Health officials say the COVID-19 booster and the flu shot can be received during the same appointment.
To schedule a vaccination appointment with Meijer, text “COVID” or “flu” to 75049, visit their website, or call your local pharmacy.
CVS officials said sites in the region are now offering the new booster shots, with more doses arriving steadily over the coming days and weeks. Appointments are recommended and can be made online.
Likewise, Walgreens is also offering the new boosters with shipments arriving daily. Their online portal displays available appointments in central Indiana.
The CDC recommends Hoosiers sign up for an appointment if it’s been more than two months since their last dose of the vaccine.
What to know about the symptoms of the BA.5, BA.4 variants
As Americans step up summer travel without their face masks, two subvariants of COVID-19 are causing an increase in cases.
BA.5, which accounts for 65% of cases, and BA.4, which accounts for 16% of cases, are omicron’s smarter cousins. Both subvariants evade antibodies and even vaccine protections, as they are one of the most contagious versions of the virus to date.
“He knows how to trick our immune system,” said TEGNA medical expert Dr. Payal Kohli.
Since the subvariants are derived from the original omicron variant, the symptoms fall under the same umbrella. However, symptoms still vary depending on vaccination status, age, previous infection, medications and other factors, Kohli said.
Data collected from the Zoe app in the UK shows that most symptoms mimic the common cold, with sore throat and runny nose. Kohli said a significant change in symptoms for the subvariants is an increase in sneezing, which was not seen in earlier forms of the COVID-19 variant.
The subvariants responsible for the latest outbreak pose a different threat because they also have higher reinfection rates.