Kane County’s COVID-19 positivity rate inches up on Thursday

Over 500 new cases, two additional deaths reported

A vial of the Piizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, at the Algonquin Township office, 3702 Route 14 in Crystal Lake. The clinic was put on by the township to help people get they vaccine, after the Omicron variant made getting shots at other locations harder.

Illinois public officials on Thursday reported 520 new cases of COVID-19 in Kane County and two new deaths.

Kane County has now seen 117,562 total cases of the virus and 1,022 people have died.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 20.9%. Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 25.4%, and DuPage County’s increased to 18.4%. Kane County’s positivity rate on Wednesday was 25.1%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 613 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 14,422 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 149 additional deaths Thursday. The IDPH received the results of 224,498 tests leading up to Thursday afternoon.

According to the IDPH, the rolling seven-day positivity rate average in the state is 10.7%.

Illinois now has seen 2,881,721 total cases of the virus, and 30,568 people have died.