BOURBONNAIS – Unwanted records continue to take Region 7 by storm Monday, as the region saw a full percentage point jump since Sunday. Monday afternoon, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported the region had jumped a full percentage point in the last 24-hours, now sitting at 12.4%.
The previous rolling seven-day positivity was 11.4%, set Sunday. Monday’s jump in positivity for the region was the largest single-day jump since October 15th, when the region gained 0.9% positivity to the rolling weekly average in a single day.
The region’s latest records come less than 24-hours before residents head to the polls. Monday, Kankakee County Clerk Dan Hendrickson asked residents to ‘be mindful’ on Election Day.
“In light of the era that we live in, we’re certainly asking people to be mindful, wear a mask if you can, if for no other reason for respect for the people that are working the polling place, and maintain proper social distancing. We’re going to get to you as quickly as we can, but we’re going to get to you as safely as we can as well.” Hendrickson told a local radio station Monday.
Last Friday, Region 7 saw its largest single-day positivity with 15.2% of all residents recording positive tests. In total, 4,075 residents of Kankakee and Will counties were tested on the day, resulting in 618 positive cases in the region. Of those, 849 residents of Kankakee saw 143 positive results for a daily average of 16.8%. Will County residents underwent a total of 3,226 tests on the day, resulting in 475 confirmed cases.
Monday, weekly rolling positivity rates for Kankakee County jumped 2% from the day prior, now at 11%. Will County saw a 0.8% increase on the day, now standing at 12.8%.