Indiana Coronavirus Updates Saturday, August 27, 2022

Saturday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for August 27, 2022.

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

Vaccine registrations are now open to all Hoosiers across 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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US suspends Chinese airline flights amid COVID-19 dispute

The US government is suspending 26 Chinese airline flights from the United States to China in a dispute over virus checks after Beijing suspended US carrier flights.

The Department of Transport has accused Beijing of violating an air transport agreement while enforcing some of the most extreme virus checks in the world.

The agency complained that airlines were being treated unfairly by China’s “circuit breaker” system which forces them to suspend flights if passengers test positive.

The suspensions apply to September flights of Air China from New York and Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines from Los Angeles.

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CDC map shows 53 Indiana counties at ‘high risk’ of spreading COVID-19

On Saturday, August 27, 2022, 53 Indiana counties were categorized as high risk for the spread of COVID-19.

Indiana’s central counties listed on the CDC data card Bartholomew, Cass, Delaware, Grant, Hancock, Henry, Howard, Johnson, Miami and Shelby have a “high” community risk of spreading COVID-19.

There were also 29 other Indiana counties listed as “medium” risk, including Marion and Hendricks.

Adams, Boone, Carroll, Hamilton, Jay, Newton, Porter, Tippecanoe, Union and Wells are the only counties listed as “low” risk of spreading COVID-19 as of Saturday morning.

Over the past seven days, Indiana has recorded 15,018 new cases and 66 deaths. The 7-day rolling average of new hospital admissions for COVID-19 is 126.29.

Latest US and Global Numbers

There were more than 94.17 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 9:20 a.m. ET Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 1.04 million recorded deaths in the United States

Worldwide, there have been over 600.21 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 6.48 million deaths and over 12.12 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.

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Pfizer seeks approval for updated fall COVID-19 vaccine recall

Pfizer asked U.S. regulators on Monday to clear its combined COVID-19 vaccine that adds protection against new omicron relatives — a key step toward opening a fall recall campaign.

The Food and Drug Administration has ordered vaccine makers to modify their vaccines to target BA.4 and BA.5 which are more effective than ever in dodging immunity from previous vaccination or infection.

Pfizer and partner BioNTech aim to offer updated reminders to people 12 and older, and injections could begin within weeks if the FDA clears the modified vaccine quickly — a step that shouldn’t require waiting for new ones. studies.

Moderna is expected to file a similar request soon for updated boosters for adults. The United States has a contract to buy 105 million Pfizer doses and 66 million Moderna doses, assuming the FDA gives the green light.

“It will be really important that people this fall and winter get the new vaccines. It is designed for the virus that is out there,” White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said last week.

For now at least. BA.5 is currently the source of nearly all COVID-19 infections in the United States and much of the world. There’s no way to tell if he’ll still be a threat this winter – or if another mutant will have replaced him.

Vaccines currently in use in the United States still provide strong protection against serious illness and death, especially if people have received the recommended boosters. But these vaccines target the strain of coronavirus that spread in early 2020, and their effectiveness against infection has declined dramatically as new mutants have emerged, particularly the super-contagious omicron family.

CDC drops quarantine and distancing recommendations for COVID-19

The nation’s top public health agency has relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines, dropping the recommendation that Americans self-quarantine if they come into close contact with an infected person.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said people no longer need to stay at least 6 feet away from others.

The changes, which come more than 2.5 years into the pandemic, are driven by the recognition that approximately 95% of Americans 16 and older have acquired some level of immunity, either by being vaccinated or by being infected, according to agency officials. said.

“The current conditions of this pandemic are very different from those of the past two years,” said CDC’s Greta Massetti, author of the guidelines.

Many places across the country have long since abandoned social distancing and other once-common precautions, but some of the changes could be particularly significant for schools, which are resuming classes this month in many parts of the country.

Perhaps the biggest education-related change is the end of the recommendation that schools conduct routine daily testing, although the practice may be reinstated in some situations during a spike in infections, officials said. responsible.

The CDC also dropped a “test to stay” recommendation that students exposed to COVID-19 could regularly test — instead of quarantining at home — to continue attending school. With no quarantine recommendation, the testing option has also disappeared.

Masks continue to be recommended only in areas where community transmission is deemed high, or if a person is deemed to be at high risk for severe illness.

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 sub-variants derived from the original omicron variant, 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 show 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.

Parents can schedule vaccination appointments for young children

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) announced that the public can now schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for children up to age 5 by visiting

Appointments are available for people seeking the Moderna vaccine for children ages 6 months to 5 years and the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years on the state planning platform.

IDOH updated their map to to show sites that offer vaccines for the youngest age group.

Appointments are recommended due to availability of vaccines and providers. Individuals can also call 211 for help or contact their child’s healthcare provider to find out if they offer vaccines.

Visit the Indiana Department of Health at for important health and safety information.

Riley Children’s Health offers COVID-19 vaccines

Riley Children’s Health offers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years old.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 211.

Riley Doctors at IU Health West:

  • Monday and Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 1111 Ronald Reagan Drive, Avon

Riley Physicians at IU Health North:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 11700 N. Meridian Street, Carmel

Riley Doctors in East Washington

  • Tuesday and Friday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 9650 Washington St #245, Indianapolis

Riley Doctors at Methodist Medical Plaza South

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 8820 S Meridian St Suite 125, Indianapolis

Riley doctors in Georgetown

  • Tuesday and Friday: 5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8h-11h20
  • 4880 Century Plaza Rd Suite 250, Indianapolis

MCPHD offers the COVID vaccine for children 6 months to 4 years old

The Marion County Public Health Department offers COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 4 years old at its district health offices and at the ACTION Health Center.

To see the schedule for each location, Click here. Vaccinations are by appointment only. Call the specific location to schedule an appointment or call the MCPHD Immunization Program at 317-221-2122.

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