COVID-19: Kankakee to stop releasing daily updates following accusations, 222 cases this week

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The Kankakee County Health Department announced Friday they will stop releasing daily figures on the weekend. Illinois’ Governor made a similar decision just days ago.

The announcement comes on the heels of AFSCME Local 1874’s accusations Kankakee Health Department Administration is not doing enough to protect their own employees while awaiting COVID-19 test results of their own internally.

Kankakee is coming off of it’s worst statistical week as a County this week. Since Sunday, May 10th the Kankakee County Health Department has announced 222 new cases of COVID-19, including the 19 new cases today.

County Health warns Monday’s figures will be high due to the delay in releasing the data.

Of Friday’s 19 new cases, six were under the age of 20, including 3 under the age of 13.  One new death was announced today, bringing county totals to 37 since the pandemic began.  There are at least 19 people hospitalized with COVID-19 going into the weekend among the 640 active cases in the County.

Cases increased Thursday via IDPH over the course of the past 24 hours, reporting Bourbonnais (+2), Bradley (+3), Kankakee (+16), St. Anne (+2) and Chebanse (+1). Here’s how cases break down across Kankakee County via confirmed Zip Codes on Tuesday:

  • 59 Cases (Manteno)
  • 102 Cases (Bourbonnais)
  • 40 Cases (Bradley)
  • 357 Cases (Kankakee)
  • 22 Cases (St. Anne)
  • 21 Cases (Momence)
  • 18 Cases (Pembroke)
  • 11 Cases (Chebanse)

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