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COVID-19 cases up 66% vs. August period in Kankakee County

Free COVID-19 testing available this week through Sunday in Kankakee

KANKAKEE COUNTY – With continued pushes to ‘get back to the normal’ throughout the United States, Kankakee County is on pace to have one of its worst reported case months during the pandemic.

Since September 1st, there have been 271 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kankakee County.  Those case numbers are up 66% in the area vs the same period (179 cases reported from July 31st to August 14th) last month. with over 32% (87) of all new cases in September have been ages 20 something and younger.

Last month, 562 total confirmed cases were reported making August the second most on record for any one month of activity in Kankakee County. The largest single reported month came in May when 760 cases were reported locally. 

One key difference between the two months, a return to classrooms throughout the area. School resumed for most students in late August. Since September 1st, 16 cases have been identified among residents less than 13 years old, with teenagers reporting 22 cases in the area.  Among college-aged individuals, 49 residents age 20-29 reported a confirmed case of the virus during the period.

Kankakee County Health Department (KCHD) added 25 new confirmed cases dating back to last Saturday, including 5 new cases Monday afternoon. As of Monday, 11 area residents were hospitalized in the County for COVID-19.

There have now been 2,574 cases in Kankakee County dating back to March. Over 700 cases remained active as of Monday afternoon. The last time the County fell below 700 active cases was on Sept 2nd when 692 cases were active.

Kankakee County COVID-19 deaths grew to 70 Monday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health will have free mobile testing sites opened now through Sunday at the Kankakee County Health Department and Hippocrates Medical Clinic. Testing at the Health Department runs from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily through Friday at 2390 West Station Street in Kankakee.

Hippocrates Medical Clinic will test from am to noon Saturday and Sunday at 606 E Court Street in Kankakee.

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