COVID-19 Hospitalizations doubled in Kankakee County, 98 cases in last 5 days

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Kankakee County has seen COVID-19 hospitalizations double since last Friday.  On June 10th, six residents of the county were hospitalized.  That number as of June 17th increased to twelve, according to the Kankakee County Health Department.

The announcement comes in a week where Kankakee County saw 98 new cases announced by the local health department over the course of the past five days.  The county stopped reporting on the weekend months ago with data filtered down to the following Monday for release.

There are now 417 active cases in the County, with 1,564 to date.  No new deaths were reported on Friday and remain at 63 lives lost locally in the pandemic.

Nearly a third of all new cases (35) announce Friday fell in ages 20-29, according to Health Department officials. 

Kankakee County fell back into warning territory Friday with data collected for County-Level COVID-19 risk metrics from July 5th to July 11th. During that time, Kankakee reported 113 cases per 100,000 residents.  A County falls into warning territory when 50 or more per 100,000 residents are reported with the Virus. 

As of Friday, ICU availability in Kankakee was at 37.9 percent. A warning is indicated when availability falls below 20 percent.

The County has remained on the warning list three out of the past four weeks.

As a state, Illinois announced 1,384 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, including 22 deaths statewide.  Illinois is now reporting just shy of 160,000 cases overall in the pandemic, which currently sits at 159,334, including 7,272 deaths.

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