32.3 F
Bourbonnais
Friday, November 27, 2020

Region 7 reports above 10% as rapid testing begins integration in Kankakee

1,720 rapid test kits will find their way to organizations across Kankakee County, expected to impact positivity on Region 7

BOURBONNAIS – Region 7 has once again set a new record in positivity for the region.  The Illinois Department of Public Health reported a 10.1% positivity rating Thursday. It marks a new record for seven-day positivity ratings in the region and the 22nd straight day of positivity increases in Kankakee and Will counties. 

The last time Region 7 saw a decline in positivity was October 2nd.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,363 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, a new single day record for the State.  IDPH has now reported 395,458 cases and 9,675 deaths since the pandemic began.

State officials reported COVID-19 related deaths up 82% since October 1st, with patients administered to local hospitals for the virus up by 73% during that time.

The Kankakee County Health Department reported 151 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, including one new death, marking the County’s 77th fatality.  Since Monday, KCHD has reported 299 cases locally.  Thursday’s data includes Wednesday’s totals, which had been delayed due to a system outage.

During a meeting of the Executive Committee yesterday, Kankakee County Health Department Administrator John Bevis addressed the County Board.  The update was loaded with information, including newly acquired rapid testing kits.

“The first shipment approximately that we got was (1,720 kits), individual kits.  So between the four places we’re thinking of, we can very easily get those out.  They want them, they’re ready for them.  They just have to set up the mechanisms to be ready to go.” Bevis said of the rapid kits, adding agencies receiving tests will be required to report their independent findings. “There are reporting requirements that you would have to do, who you administered it to, and putting it into the system because we’re not going to be doing that for you.” 

Olivet Nazarene University and the Kankakee County Jerome Combs Detention Center are among many organizations expected to receive the rapid testing kits.  Afterward, local officials within a county are able to go within the new system and find out newly reported data from each organization.

The testing kits are Abbott’s BinaxNOW test

 “The BinaxNOW test is one of several rapid point-of-care antigen tests that are available and in use right now. This guidance is also applicable to other types of tests as described below.” The Illinois Department of Public Health explains on its website. The tests will be distributed to schools and other community settings including health-based clinics, onsite by trained healthcare workers, or in pharmacies or health care facilities.

The Health Administrator added the tests are expected to influence positivity rates in a region.

“There are a lot of concerns that it’s going to add to the positivity rate, obviously, within a particular community or region, such as what we may be experiencing now,” Bevis said during the update.  “(State of Illinois) are going to be giving us these kits and we have to give them out to the individuals that want them.  It’s an opportunity to increase the testing in our community, which can help.  Obviously the more tests they get done, the more negatives we can show.  It lowers the positivity rate, which helps us get unmitigated.”

The tests will be free, with results within 15 minutes and provided by each organization receiving them.

On Monday, Kankakee County tested 524 residents for 68 positive cases, a 13% daily positivity rating.  The seven-day in the County climbed to 8.1% Thursday.  Neighboring Will County tested 1,952 residents last Monday for 260 positive results, a 13.3% daily rating.  The seven-day in Will County climbed to 10.6% Thursday.

Shane Saathoff
Shane Saathoffhttp://www.SocialSnowball.com
An active writer for two decades, Shane's focuses on local news and events throughout the area, Shane is an active historian, science nerd, and tech geek. Shane is a native of Bourbonnais, IL, and alumni of Olivet Nazarene University.

Top stories

2,000 flags, 150 Riders set to greet, escort fallen Watseka Hero home

CHICAGO – Upwards of 150 Patriot Guard Freedom Riders are expected to serve as an escort for fallen U.S. Army Sergeant arriving home Friday...

Dog rescued after finding itself trapped on Kankakee River

KANKAKEE – Emergency crews at Limestone Township Fire Protection District worked to rescue a dog that found itself alone and isolated in cold, fringed...

Renovations planned at newly acquired Citadel of Bourbonnais nursing home

BOURBONNAIS – The former Presence Our Lady of Victory nursing home located at 20 Briarcliff in Bourbonnais has officially changed hands. “This is the...

Pritzker responds to Illinois county ignoring orders

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker is responding to a report that another Illinois county will not enforce the latest COVID-19 restrictions. The McHenry County...

COVID-19 Update: Second wave shows signs of leveling

By PETER HANCOCKCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Illinois has shown signs of leveling off in recent days, but...

Kankakee Park commissioner throws his hat into spring mayoral race

A half-decade ago, veteran Kankakee Valley Park District commissioner J.J. Hollis said he began testing the waters for a higher level of political office. This...

Ed Murray, inspiration behind Caddyshack, dies

CHICAGO – Ed Murray, who received the Evans Scholarship while attending Northwestern University in 1963 and later became the story-line that inspired Danny Noonan’s...

Accident results in car flips near Courthouse on Court Street in Kankakee

KANKAKEE – An accident Wednesday morning resulted in a car flipping on its side near the Kankakee County Courthouse. It happened a little after 10:52...

5 Ways to Combat Fraud During the Holidays

SAN JOSE, CA (PR Newswire) - As we head into the holiday season, you've probably had enough stress in 2020. But wait––yet another wrench...

Joyce urges residents to shop local, buy local on Small Business Saturday

KANKAKEE – As people begin their holiday shopping, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) urges them to patronize Kankakee and Will County local businesses, especially...

Support independent journalism today

Dog rescued after finding itself trapped on Kankakee River

KANKAKEE – Emergency crews at Limestone Township Fire Protection District worked to rescue a dog that found itself alone and isolated in cold, fringed...

Renovations planned at newly acquired Citadel of Bourbonnais nursing home

BOURBONNAIS – The former Presence Our Lady of Victory nursing home located at 20 Briarcliff in Bourbonnais has officially changed hands. “This is the...

Pritzker responds to Illinois county ignoring orders

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker is responding to a report that another Illinois county will not enforce the latest COVID-19 restrictions. The McHenry County...

Related news

2,000 flags, 150 Riders set to greet, escort fallen Watseka Hero home

CHICAGO – Upwards of 150 Patriot Guard Freedom Riders are expected to serve as an escort for fallen U.S. Army Sergeant arriving home Friday...

Dog rescued after finding itself trapped on Kankakee River

KANKAKEE – Emergency crews at Limestone Township Fire Protection District worked to rescue a dog that found itself alone and isolated in cold, fringed...

Renovations planned at newly acquired Citadel of Bourbonnais nursing home

BOURBONNAIS – The former Presence Our Lady of Victory nursing home located at 20 Briarcliff in Bourbonnais has officially changed hands. “This is the...

Pritzker responds to Illinois county ignoring orders

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker is responding to a report that another Illinois county will not enforce the latest COVID-19 restrictions. The McHenry County...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.