BOURBONNAIS – The state continues its battles with a fall “COVID STORM” as a second wave continues to push hard across Illinois. Early Monday morning, over 100 cars had packed a free COVID-19 testing site at the Joliet Park District’s Inwood Athletic Club parking lot. The state-run testing site began testing for the first time today and will run through the end of the month.
That as this afternoon the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 11,632 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 deaths, marking the 11th straight day of 10,000 cases or more across the state. Among Monday’s deaths included a resident from both Iroquois and Will counties.
The state is now averaging over 10,000 cases a day this month.
Since November 1st, there have now been 174,948 cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 1,022 COVID related deaths.
Region 7’s positivity remains steadily consistent across both counties in the region. Kankakee County continues to climb upwards cracking the 20% mark over the weekend. Monday the county’s rolling seven-day positivity ranked in at 20.3%.
Will County’s weekly positivity ranked 19.6% Monday. Region 7 now ranks at 19.7%.
Hospital availability rates remained in warning levels Monday, with both med surge bed availability and ICU bed availability at 15%. The threshold for statewide warning levels is 20%. Region 7 is currently the only Region in Illinois ranking at warning levels in both categories.