Three more COVID-19 outbreaks were reported over the past week in McHenry County schools, increasing the total to 15 from the 12 reported last week, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
DeKalb County reported its third COVID-19 death in a week on Friday, the most recorded deaths in one week since early March, seven months ago. As of Friday, nearly half of the county's entire population is fully vaccinated.
Mirroring state and nationwide trends due to the spread of the Delta variant of the virus, the number of new confirmed-cases of COVID-19 among county residents began to rise sharply beginning in July. On July 15, the health department reported just 32 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents for the week of July 7-15.