The Kendall County Health Department reported 477 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 among county residents as of Thursday, Sept. 23.
In a weekly report, the health department said the new cases were reported to the department over a six-day period that began Sept. 17 and concluded Sept. 23.
The health department reported 294 new cases among county residents in its weekly report Sept. 16 and 449 new cases in a report issued Sept. 9.
The health department also reported the death of another county resident from COVID-19 for the six-day period ending Sept. 23 which brings the total number of county residents who have died from the virus to 106 since the pandemic began in March of 2020.
The test positivity rate for COVID-19 among county residents as of Sept. 23 stood at 6.8%, down from 7.1% reported by the department Sept. 16. However, the county’s test positivity rate remains well above the state of Illinois’ test positivity rate of 3.0% as announced Thursday by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Since the pandemic began, the health department has reported that 16,321 county residents have been confirmed to have had COVID-19.
Mirroring state and nationwide trends due to the spread of the Delta variant of the virus, the number of new confirmed-cases of COVID-19 among county residents began to rise sharply beginning in July. On July 15, the health department reported just 32 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents for the week of July 7-15. The test positivity rate for the virus among county residents was also reported at 2.9%. But the number of new reported cases rose sharply in the following weeks to 137 Aug. 12, to 249 Sept. 2 to 449 Sept. 9.
On Aug. 26, the health department also reported that the test positivity rate for the virus among county residents had surged to 9.7.
Free vaccinations available
The Kendall County Health Department continues to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations at clinics Thursday evenings and Friday mornings at 811 W. John St. Yorkville. Both appointments and walk-ins are welcome. Visit kendallhealth.org/community-health/covid-19-vaccine/ for schedules and information.
As of Sept. 23, the health department reported that 55.89% of all county residents have been fully vaccinated.