BOURBONNAIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health has nearly reported 25% of all COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began this month.
With IDPH’s announcement of 6,110 new cases Wednesday, the agency had reported 95,821 cases in October, accounting for 24.6% of the 389,095 cases reported in the state since the pandemic began.
Regions statewide saw positivity rates continue to climb midweek; including Region 7’s reporting a rolling seven-day positivity rating of 9.8%. Wednesday. It marks a new record for seven-day positivity ratings in the region and the 21st straight day of positivity increases in Kankakee and Will counties.
Region 7 hasn’t seen a decline in positivity since October 2nd.
IDPH reported 51 additional deaths Wednesday, including residents of 22 counties across Illinois, including Will and Kankakee.
Local health officials did not release new COVID-19 numbers in Kankakee Wednesday afternoon. “The IDPH system used to report cases has been down so we are unable to provide an update today.” The Kankakee County Health Department said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
Since Monday, KCHD has reported 148 new cases in Kankakee, with Wednesday’s numbers expected to increase that total Thursday.
Last Sunday, Kankakee County tested 376 residents for 35 positive cases, a 9.3% daily positivity rating. The seven-day in the County remained steady at 7.7% Wednesday. Neighboring Will County tested 2,586 residents last Sunday for 273 positive results, a 10.6% daily rating. The seven-day in Will County climbed to 10.2% Wednesday.