COVID-19 hospitalizations, positivity rates in Kane, DuPage counties fall

Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Ponni Arunkumar enters an autopsy room at the county morgue as she prepares to perform autopsies last May. Illinois saw a marked decline in COVID-19 deaths per capita in 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Illinois public officials on Friday reported 2,466 new cases of COVID-19 in Kane County and five new deaths.

Kane County has now seen 111,479 total cases of the virus and 1,000 people have died.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 16.1%. Currently, 14% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 17.9%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 15.2%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable four out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 778 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 40,642 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 137 additional deaths Friday. The IDPH received the results of 290,664 tests leading up to Friday afternoon.

According to the IDPH, the rolling seven-day positivity rate average in the state is 11.9%.

Illinois now has seen 2,773,362 total cases of the virus, and 29,845 people have died.