Biden to announce all adults will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by April 19
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden was set to announce Tuesday that he is shaving about two weeks off his May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines.
With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond such priority groups as older people and essential, front-line workers, the president plans to announce that every adult in the U.S. will be eligible by April 19 to be vaccinated, a White House official said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Biden’s plans before the formal announcement. Biden was scheduled to visit a COVID-19 vaccination site in Virginia on Tuesday, followed by remarks at the White House updating the nation on the administration’s progress against the coronavirus.
April 19 is about two weeks earlier than Biden’s original May 1 deadline.
9:03 a.m. Bar opening in rural Illinois linked to COVID-19 outbreak that infected 46, prompted school closure
The opening of a bar earlier this year in rural Illinois was connected to a COVID-19 outbreak that infected 46 people and prompted the temporary closure of a school, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported Monday.
On Feb. 17, the Illinois Department of Public Health was informed of a possible outbreak in people who attended the event about two weeks earlier after a cluster of coronavirus cases was found, the CDC said in its report. The name and location of the bar weren’t included in the report, which said the event was held indoors “with no outside air flow.”
Among those infected were three staff members and 26 patrons, including a person who was diagnosed with COVID-19 a day earlier but wasn’t symptomatic and four others who had symptoms and later tested positive. There were also 17 “secondary cases” among individuals who didn’t attend the event, including five school-age children, two student athletes and two residents of a long-term care facility — one of whom was briefly hospitalized.
The outbreak ultimately resulted in a school closure that affected 650 children, the CDC said. The shutdown started Feb. 18 and stretched for two weeks because 13 school staffers were “in isolation, in quarantine, or absent because their own child was quarantined.”
In addition to detailing the virus’ cascading and insidious effect on communities, the report warns of the inherent risks of reopening businesses during the pandemic and reinforces the need to enforce common mitigation efforts.
“This includes enforcing consistent and correct mask use, maintaining [over six feet] of physical distance between persons, reducing indoor bar occupancy, prioritizing outdoor seating, improving building ventilation, and promoting behaviors such as staying at home when ill, as well as implementing contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine when COVID-19 cases are diagnosed,” the report states.
New Cases & Vaccination Numbers
- 2,102 new cases reported Monday were diagnosed from 59,586 tests.
- Eleven more people died from the virus, bringing the state’s total death toll to 21,384.
- Hospitalizations also continued to rise, with officials reporting that 1,581 beds were occupied by Sunday night.
- State officials also reported that just 27,248 vaccine doses were administered on Easter.