Dramatic drop in new COVID-19 cases reported in Kane County Wednesday

Thee additional deaths reported

Contact tracer Kathie Whalen scans in a vial from a tester Friday morning at Sterling High School. Because of the surge in positive COVID-19 cases, Sterling Public Schools is trying to hire additional contact tracers to take the burden off existing staff.

Illinois public officials on Wednesday reported 861 new cases of COVID-19 in Kane County and three new deaths. There were 4,296 reported Tuesday, which includes cases reported over the long holiday weekend.

Kane County has now seen 108,243 total cases of the virus and 992 people have died.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 16.8%. Currently, 13% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 19%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 15.7%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable two out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 789 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 26,491 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 160 additional deaths Wednesday. The IDPH received the results of 194,306 tests leading up to Wednesday afternoon.

According to the IDPH, the rolling seven-day positivity rate average in the state is 12.0%.

Illinois now has seen 2,709,474 total cases of the virus, and 29,510 people have died.