Coronavirus

Kane County COVID-19 cases continue to drop

Three additional deaths, 770 new cases reported

Registered nurse Estella Wilmarth tends to a patient in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state National Guard to hospitals across the state amid staff shortages due to an omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Inslee announced Thursday that teams will be deployed to assist four overcrowded emergency departments at hospitals in Everett, Yakima, Wenatchee and Spokane, and that testing teams will be based at hospitals in Olympia, Richland, Seattle and Tacoma. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Illinois public officials on Thursday reported 770 new cases of COVID-19 in Kane County and three new deaths. There were 861 new cases reported Wednesday, and 4,296 reported Tuesday from the long holiday weekend.

Kane County has now seen 109,013 total cases of the virus and 995 people have died.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 17.1%. Currently, 13% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 19.4%, and DuPage County’s increased to 15.9%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable three out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 787 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 23,246 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 198 additional deaths Thursday. The IDPH received the results of 237,161 tests leading up to Thursday afternoon.

According to the IDPH, the rolling seven-day positivity rate average in the state is 11.3%.

Illinois now has seen 2,732,720 total cases of the virus, and 29,708 people have died.