39 hospitalized in Kankakee County as 222 cases, 3 deaths announced Wednesday


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KANKAKEE – Three new deaths and 222 new cases were announced by the Kankakee County Health Department Wednesday afternoon.

It’s the second time this week local health officials have reported over 200 cases. On Monday, county officials added 245 cases. Both counts reported accounted for multiple days, including a weekend report and Election Day, which the agency was off as a polling location in Kankakee.

There are now 1,186 active cases, with 39 residents hospitalized, an increase in 11 hospitalizations locally in the last 48 hours. Kankakee has never reported over 1,100 active cases before Wednesday in a county of over 100,000 residents.

Kankakee County Health Department announced prior to the release of Wednesday’s numbers the organization will no longer allow clients to visit in-person for routine immunizations or STDs beginning November 5th due to the increase surge of COVID-19 cases in Kankakee County.

Region 7’s positivity rate climbed to a record high of 13.3% on Wednesday with Med Surge Bed Availability just above the 20% threshold at 22%.

Age range in new cases were not reported by the agency Wednesday. There have now been 4,236 cases to date in Kankakee throughout the course of the pandemic.

Over 27% of all cases reported to date are now active.


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