Over 500 active cases in Kankakee entering the weekend, 38 cases reported Friday

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Kankakee County Health Department (KCHD) officials announced Friday active cases in Kankakee had eclipsed 500, with now 522 active cases.  KCHD reports 38 new cases Friday afternoon, the most single day cases announced since May 26th when 55 cases were reported in a single day.

To date, 1,834 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Kankakee County.

Among today’s newly reported cases, seven were teenage cases or younger. Students begin reporting to school as early as next Friday, August 14th with students reporting to Olivet Nazarene University to move in on campus.

Cases announced Friday ranged from ages less than 13 to those in their 90s.  The majority of cases reported were under the age of 40.

No new deaths were reported on Friday, with seven cases currently hospitalized for the virus.

KCHD  reminds residents to not participate in community events if they do not feel well, have had a positive COVID test, or any COVID-19 symptoms, or have been contacted by KCHD that they may have had close contact with a confirmed positive case.

Kankakee County triggered a warning per capita for the week of July 26th to August 1st with 78 cases reported for the period.  It was not enough to trigger a county wide alert by the Illinois Department of Public Health as two warning categories must be tripped to issue the alert.

Alerts were issued Friday for both Grundy and Iroquois County by IDPH.

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