COVID-19 hospitalizations, positivity rate increase in Kane County, Region 8 on Friday

Three additional deaths, more than 1,500 new cases reported in Kane County

Ed Jost, left, prepares to have a COVID-19 test sample collected by Curative Testing Specialist Tod Schneider at the weekly COVID-19 testing site for McHenry School District 15 staff on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at Hilltop Elementary School in McHenry.

Illinois public officials on Friday reported 1,548 new cases of COVID-19 in Kane County and three new deaths.

Kane County has now seen 95,298 total cases of the virus and 959 people have died.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 21.8%. Currently, 13% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 24.8%, and DuPage County’s increased to 20.5%.

Hospitalizations increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 704 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 42,903 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 101 additional deaths Friday. The IDPH received the results of 233,655 tests leading up to Friday afternoon.

According to the IDPH, the rolling seven-day positivity rate average in the state is 15.2%.

Illinois now has seen 2,382,437 total cases of the virus, and 28,361 people have died.