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Kankakee Health Department investigates complaints at local restaurants

Complaints include no masks among staff and packed restaurants across the Kankakee area.

The Kankakee County Health Department is looking into multiple reports of health violations from a number of restaurants across Kankakee County.

Complaints include restaurant staff not being masked or adhering to social distancing guidelines.  No specific restaurants have been named by local health officials. The Health Department is already looking into the complaints.

In the past week, Kankakee County has reported 81 new COVID-19 cases since July 29th, with 42 new cases reported by health officials since Monday.  There are now 481 active cases of COVID-19 in Kankakee County, with 1,783 overall since the pandemic began earlier this year.

As part of Region 7, Kankakee and Will County have seen six days of positivity increases among its seven day rolling average, continuing to hover just below the 8 percent warning bracket.  As of Sunday, Region 7 was registering a 6.3 percent positivity rate. 

When a region reaches 8 percent or greater, local officials are called on to close area bars and restaurants along with other steps in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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  1. I wouldn’t blame it exclusively on restaurants and bars. People take vacations or visit relatives and may bring something back with them. Last time I looked, there were 68 deaths since this all started. 68/1783=3.8% death rate or 1783/113,000=1.6% case rate for the county population of coming in contact with this virus and actually testing positive.


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