Nearly 250 new COVID-19 cases reported in Kane County Tuesday

Two additional deaths reported

FILE - James Robson, a biomedical engineering graduate student, holds a swab and specimen vial in the new COVID-19, on-campus testing lab, Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Boston University in Boston. The United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples since early 2021.

Illinois public officials on Tuesday reported 243 new cases of COVID-19 in Kane County and two new deaths.

Kane County has now seen 75,597 total cases of the virus and 908 people have died.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 6.5%. Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 7.1%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 6.2%.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 274 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive out of all the people tested in a given time period. Additional restrictions can be placed on any of the state’s 11 health regions if the region sustains an increase in its average positivity rate for seven days out of a 10-day period.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 7,068 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 78 additional deaths Tuesday. The IDPH received the results of 174,247 tests leading up to Tuesday afternoon.

According to the IDPH, the rolling seven-day positivity rate average in the state is 4.6%.

Illinois now has seen 1,861,254 total cases of the virus, and 26,698 people have died.