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Over 700 active COVID-19 cases reported in Kankakee County

Additional restrictions for Region 7 could be announced shortly after the holiday weekend.

BOURBONNAIS – Kankakee County has eclipsed 700 active cases for the first time since the pandemic began, 142 newly confirmed since Monday.

There are now 704 active cases in Kankakee. It’s the most active cases in the County since the pandemic began. There have now been 2,387 cases to date in Kankakee County since late March.

An additional death was reported Thursday afternoon, marking the 68th victim of the pandemic in Kankakee.

The new milestone mark is significant heading into a holiday weekend. The last time a major holiday took place was July 4th, which saw cases rise exponentially statewide.

“You’re going to let your guard down because you’ll be gathering with people you know, but that’s exactly where spread is occurring,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned. “The reality is you don’t know where everybody who’s there has been.”

Thursday also marked the fourth consecutive day of a record high in the Region’s seven-day rolling positivity average.  On Thursday, Region 7 continued to report an 8.8% rolling positivity rate. Thursday marked the 8th day since new mitigation strategies were implemented across Region 7 last week, including no dining indoors.

Additional restrictions for Region 7 could be announced shortly following the holiday weekend by September 9th by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) if the agency does not see the seven day average in Region 7 dip below 8 percent.

IDPH has now reported 240,003 cases, including 8,115 deaths in Illinois.

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