COVID count falls to 21 at Olivet, Kankakee sees boost to nearly 500 tests a day in October


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BOURBONNAIS – Active COVID-19 cases at Olivet Nazarene University have seen a dramatic fall off since last week.

After reaching a peak of 41 active cases over the course of the past few days, the University reported Tuesday total active cases now sit at 21.

Among the 21 current active cases on campus, 13 are isolating on campus while 8 are isolated off campus. Olivet extended restrictions put in place on October 5th through Sunday October 18th last Saturday as an effort to mitigate the outbreak.

Numbers do not reflect a total amount of pandemic related cases to date on the University’s campus.

Since the pandemic began in March, the 60914 zip code has reported 685 total cases of COVID-19.  The Illinois Department of Public Health reports from October 1st to October 8th, Kankakee County has averaged just shy of 500 residents being tested daily for the virus. 

Kankakee County’s current seven-day rolling positivity rating sits at 5.3 percent. 

The Kankakee County Health Department has yet to report COVID totals from the Columbus Day weekend and is expected to release new numbers later Tuesday afternoon. 


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