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Four schools in Kankakee County report COVID-19, IDPH reports 2.3k new cases Saturday

Olivet Nazarene University's President Dr. John C. Bowling said earlier this week school could be pushed to remote if a 'major outbreak' occurred. So far, seven students at the University have tested positive for the virus.

BOURBONNAIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Saturday 2,356 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 17 additional confirmed deaths.

Among today’s newly reported deaths included one woman in her 80s from Iroquois County.

Schools across the area have reported cases of COVID-19 among their staff and students this week, including Olivet Nazarene University, St. Anne, Bradley, and Momence schools.

Olivet Nazarene University’s President Dr. John C. Bowling said earlier this week school could be pushed to remote if a ‘major outbreak’ occurred. As of Friday afternoon, seven students at the University have tested positive for the virus.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 218,285 cases, including 7,874 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 56,766 specimens for a total of 3,649,685.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 15 – August 21 is 4.3%. 

As of last night, 1,488 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 322 patients were in the ICU and 127 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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