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YORKVILLE – Kendall County Health Department officials wrote in a Tuesday, Sept. 22 news release the total number of COVID-19 cases in the county went up by 13 from Monday to Tuesday, with no new deaths of people with infections reported.

The health department reported a total of 1,978 cases of COVID-19 within the county as of Tuesday, with 1,503 of those cases listed as in recovery, or asymptomatic for at least 72 hours.

The update comes after Kendall County health officials confirmed Tuesday the 33 new COVID-19 cases in the county reported from Saturday to Monday were the most the health department have seen in a single reporting day, since the department doesn't report data on Sundays. However, health officials told Record Newspapers that number includes multiple days of testing and is possibly from an increase in testing, citing more Kendall County residents possibly going to a new testing site in neighboring Grundy County recently.

Deaths from COVID-19 remained at 26, the health department data shows.

Of the 26 deaths, the most recent one was reported by the health department on Sept. 3. The health department identified the victim as a man in his 50s, but did not mention whether he had additional health complexities.

The death from COVID-19 was the first in about a month reported from the county. Kendall County Coroner Jacquie Purcell confirmed Sept. 3 there have been no new deaths related to COVID-19 within the county's borders, meaning the most recent death occurred outside of the county.

As of Tuesday, about 76% of all COVID-19 cases from the county were classified as in recovery, according to the health department. About a quarter are recovering at home or at a long term care facility, less than 1% are recovering at a hospital and the deceased make up 1.3% of all cases, according to county health data.

The weekly county test positivity rate went up to 6.5% from Sept. 6 through Sept. 12, according to county health data. That comes after it held at 6% from Aug. 30 through Sept. 5 and from Aug. 23 through Aug. 29.

County health data previously showed the test positivity rate for COVID-19 fell from 6.8% between July 19 and July 25, to 5.7% from July 26 through Aug. 1, to 5.1% from Aug. 2 to Aug. 8. The test positivity rate for COVID-19 in the county was at 6.4% from Aug. 9 through Aug. 15, and at 6.7% from Aug. 16 through Aug. 22, per health officials.

However, the positivity rate went from 5% June 21 through June 27; to 4.3% June 28 through July 4; to 4.4% July 5 through July 11; and ended at 5% from July 12 through July 18, according to additional data released by the health department on Thursday, Sept. 17.

People from ages 20 through 49 make up the most cases in Kendall County, according to health data. People in their 20s make up about 22% of all cases, while people in their 30s make up about 17% and people in their 40s make up about 18%.

Residents ages 70 and older make up 6.3% of all COVID-19 cases in the county, according to county health data. People younger than 20 years old make up a little more than 13% of all county cases.

Most COVID-19 cases in the county have an unreported race associated with them, or about 33%. About 31% of cases in the county are Caucasian and 27% are Latino.

Women account for 52% of county COVID-19 cases, while men account for 48%, according to Tuesday's county health data. More than half of the individuals who contracted COVID-19, 52%, live in either Oswego, 26%; Plano, 13%; or Oswego Township, 13%, the data shows.

A total of 84% of all cases in Kendall County do not have any additional health complexities associated with them, according to county health data.

According to Illinois Department of Public Health data as of Tuesday, there have been 3,843 people tested for COVID-19 in 60548 (including Sandwich) with 230 confirmed cases, 3,547 tested in 60545 (including Plano) with 285 confirmed cases, 6,444 tested in 60560 (including Yorkville) with 301 confirmed cases, 7,701 tested in 60538 (including Montgomery) with 573 confirmed cases and 10,148 tested in 60543 (including Oswego) with 576 confirmed cases.

Also, according to IDPH data, 62 of Kendall County's COVID-19 cases had been reported as of Sept. 18 at three long-term care facilities in the county: 50 at Symphony at the Tillers of Oswego, eight at the Hillside Rehab and Care in Yorkville and four at Association of Individual Development facilities in the county.

Deaths at the three facilities as of Sept. 18 totaled nine at Symphony at The Tillers of Oswego, two at Hillside Rehab and Care and three at the Association for Individual Development.

In Aurora and in Kane County, the IDPH reported a total of 123 COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths had occurred at Symphony at Orchard Valley as of Sept. 18.

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