Kankakee/Will Region 7 rises to 5.7%, highest in last 30 days

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The newly formed Kankakee/Will Region 7 area reached a peak for the past month this week.  As of Wednesday, the region’s seven day positivity rate was 5.7%.  It’s up a percentage point since July 13th when the rate was 4.4% for the region.   The region has seen 11 days of positivity increases.

It comes as Illinois has announced a surge in case numbers over the past several days.  The last time Illinois reported less than 955 cases was on July 14th.  Last week, Illinois officials announced 8,348 new cases of COVID-19 since Monday.  That total includes 1,426 new cases announced Saturday afternoon.

This past week in Kankakee County, 90 new cases had been announced by the Kankakee County Health Department.  Kankakee County was responsible for .01% of all cases in Illinois this past week stretching from Monday (7/20) to Saturday (7/25).

Hospital availability in Region 7 was at 29% on Wednesday with ICU bed capacity at 33%.  A warning is issued for a region when less than 20% of either capacity is available.   The region has seen four days of hospital admission increases.  

Neighboring Iroquois County, which is a member of Region 6, saw its numbers rise as well from a low of 1.4% to 2.7% this past Wednesday.  Region 6 has seen 16 days of positivity increases.

Hospital availability in the region was at 37% on Wednesday with ICU bed capacity at 42%.   The region has seen five days of hospital admission increases.

This past week in Iroquois County, 25 new cases had been announced by the Iroquois County Health Department.  Iroquois County was responsible for .003% of all cases in Illinois this past week stretching from Monday (7/20) to Saturday (7/25).

No warnings have been issued by the State of Illinois for either Region in the past seven-days for any category.

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