Indiana coronavirus COVID-19 updates Sunday January 9, 2022

The latest headlines from Indiana on the coronavirus pandemic for Sunday, January 9, 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS – Here are the latest Sunday updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Registration for the vaccine is now open for Hoosiers ages 5 and up via 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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Agreement reached on US military restrictions to stop COVID

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said a “basic deal” has been reached with the United States on banning the US military from leaving bases in Japan, a step to curb the spread of coronavirus infections.

He says details of the deal are being worked out.

New daily cases have risen in what medical experts are calling “the sixth wave,” topping 8,000 in recent times, a four-month record. This was blamed on the US military because the jump is most pronounced near bases.

Southwest Okinawa, home to most of the 55,000 US troops, is one of three prefectures where new restrictions have come into effect.

Latest US and Global Issues

There were more than 59.76 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 5:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 837,250 deaths recorded in the United States

Globally, there have been over 305.24 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus with over 5.48 million deaths and over 9.4 billion doses of vaccine administered worldwide.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses like pneumonia or death.

Fishermen’s health department to offer COVID-19 tests to students from Monday

The Fishers Health Department has announced that it will open priority appointments for rapid COVID-19 testing for students and staff at Fishers-based schools starting Monday, January 10.

The department said the measure is an effort to help ensure schools remain open and in person while ensuring the safety of students and staff.

Testing will take place at the existing drive-thru location located at 3 Municipal Parkway in Fishers.

From Kindergarten to Grade 12, Fishers school staff and children who wish to take a PCR test must register online. The department said it could only offer rapid tests to people 18 and under and 50 and over.

Registration information and testing times can be found at this link.

Chicago mayor and teachers still at odds over COVID protocols

Closed-door negotiations resumed on Saturday to resolve a standoff between Chicago school officials and the city’s teachers’ union over COVID-19 precautions that canceled three school days this week. But the public war of words between union leaders and the Chicago mayor showed little sign of an imminent resolution.

The Chicago Teachers Union wants distance learning until there is a deal or the latest wave of COVID-19 wears off, but district leaders say distance education has been devastating for children and their well-being.

The two sides negotiated a pandemic safety plan, including more testing standards and measures that could trigger school closures.

Pfizer vaccine appears to protect children against MIS-C

Of the 102 children aged 12 to 18 who were hospitalized for the disease, none who had received two Pfizer injections at least 28 days earlier needed ventilators or other advanced resuscitation equipment. In contrast, 40% of unvaccinated children required such treatment.

The disease, multisystem inflammatory syndrome, causes symptoms that can include persistent fever, abdominal pain, and rash. Most of the children are recovering, but 55 deaths have been reported.

The report comes as hospitalizations of American children under 5 with COVID-19 have skyrocketed in recent weeks to their highest level since the start of the pandemic, according to government data released Friday on the group alone. of age not yet eligible for the vaccine.

Since mid-December, as the highly contagious variant of omicron has spread furiously across the country, the hospitalization rate of these youngest children has risen to more than 4 per 100,000 children, from 2.5 per 100,000.

The rate among children aged 5 to 17 is around 1 in 100,000, according to CDC data, which comes from more than 250 hospitals in 14 states.

Moderna COVID-19 recall deadline shortened to 5 months

U.S. regulators on Friday shortened the wait time for people who received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for a booster – to five months instead of six.

The two-dose Moderna vaccine is open to Americans 18 years of age and older. The Food and Drug Administration’s ruling on Friday means Moderna recipients are eligible for a recall after at least five months have passed since their last shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed.

This is in line with the new recommendations for Pfizer vaccine recipients. Pfizer initial vaccinations are open to anyone 5 years of age or older. But only Pfizer beneficiaries aged 12 and older are eligible for the boosters, and earlier this week U.S. health officials said they could get one five months after their last injection.

In a statement, FDA chief vaccine officer Dr Peter Marks called vaccination “our best defense against COVID-19” and said shorter wait for a recall could help as country struggles against a wave of the highly contagious omicron variant.

A booster after receiving the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is already requested two months later.

Indianapolis Public Library Cancels All Programs, Meeting Room Reservations Begin Monday

The Indianapolis Public Library announced Friday that it is canceling all in-branch library programs and community meeting room reservations effective Monday, January 10 due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

The library shared the ad on Twitter and said all library branches, online programs, computers, curbside collections and immunization clinics will always be open and available.

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