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KANE COUNTY – Kane County Health Department officials are reminding residents not to let their guard down in light of a huge increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Kane County.
Illinois public health officials on Wednesday reported 280 new cases of COVID-19 in Kane County, up from 158 cases on Tuesday. In addition, there was one new death, a man in his 80s.
“We understand it’s on the rise throughout the state,” Susan Stack, communications coordinator for the Kane County Health Department, told the Kane County Chronicle. “It is of concern to us. In lieu of a vaccine, today we are asking people to be vigilant to wash their hands, wear masks and watch social distancing.”
The total number of cases in the county is now 14,558. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Kane County is 336.
The seven-day rolling average of Kane County’s positivity rate is 7.6, up from 5.8 on Oct. 7. The positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive out of all the people tested in a given time period.
The Illinois Department of Public Health will monitor if these indicators show an increase in COVID-19 disease burden with a simultaneous decrease in hospital capacity or if there are three consecutive days greater than or equal to 8% test positivity rate (7 day rolling). These indicators can be used to determine whether additional community mitigation interventions are needed for a region to control the further spread of COVID-19.
“It’s still out there and still a problem,” Stack said, in talking about the virus. “It has not gone away.”
The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen seven days of positivity increases – meeting one criteria for stricter mitigation measures – and four days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 6.4% to 6.7%. Currently, 32% of medical/surgical beds are available and 48% of ICU beds.