May 24, 2022


Kendall County reports nine more deaths due to COVID-19; toll now at 139

The Kendall County Health Department reported the deaths of nine more county residents due to COVID-19 in its weekly report issued Thursday, Jan. 20.

The additional deaths bring the total number of county residents who have died from the virus to 139 since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.

The department listed the death toll from the virus among county residents at 130 in its previous weekly reported issued Jan. 13.

Also on Jan. 20, the health department reported 1,482 new confirmed cases of the virus among county residents, a steep drop from the 3,163 new cases reported the week of Jan. 6 to 13.

The test positivity rate for the virus among county residents also declined sharply, from 25.3% reported Jan. 13 to 14.1% Jan. 20, according to the report.

A total of 82,900 county residents are fully vaccinated against the virus – 64.81% of the county’s population – as of Jan. 20, according to the report.

The percentage of Kendal County residents fully vaccinated continues to exceed the state of Illinois’ percentage of fully vaccinated residents which was 61.63% as of Jan. 20.

70.43% of residents in Aurora 60503 ZIP code fully vaccinated

In a related matter, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Jan. 19 that 70.43% of the residents living in the Aurora 60503 ZIP code, which extends into northeast Kendall County and is located within the Oswego School District boundaries, is now fully vaccinated.

The Jan. 19 COVID-19 data also shows that 66.76% of all residents in the Oswego 60543 ZIP code are fully vaccinated, and 65.66% of the residents in the Yorkville 60560 ZIP code are fully vaccinated.

The percentage of residents fully vaccinated as of Jan. 19 in other Kendall County-area ZIP codes is as follows:

• Montgomery 60538: 62.12%.

• Bristol 60512: 58.45%.

• Plano 60545: 58.02%.

• Sandwich 60548: 53.12%.

• Newark 60541: 37.70%.

In a related matter, Morris Hospital in Morris reported that 30 of its 68 patients – 44% – Jan. 20 were hospitalized for COVID-19. Of those 30 patients, the hospital reported that 24 were not vaccinated against the virus, while three were vaccinated and three others were vaccinated and had received booster shots.

Also as of Jan. 20, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that 22,692,465 doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been distributed statewide, with 20,159,853 vaccines administered.

Also, 3,682,060 people have received a booster dose, 28.8% of the state’s population as of Jan. 20, according to the IDPH. Among 5- to 11-year-olds, 33.94% have received at least one vaccine dose and 24.57% are fully vaccinated.

John Etheredge

John Etheredge

Editor of the Record Newspapers and, John's career as a journalist in Kendall County began in 1981. Over the years his news beats have included county government, municipal government, school boards, police and more. He also writes editorials on local issues and the weekly Kendall County Government Newsletter.