Restrictions Near As Positivity Rate Tops 8% In Kane-DuPage

KANE COUNTY, IL — Coronavirus statistics in Region 8 are trending toward new restrictions after a surge of new cases over the past few weeks, according to public health data.

The positivity rate in Region 8 — made up of Kane and DuPage counties — hit 8.4 percent Sunday and climbed to 8.5 percent Monday, according to IDPH statistics. That means the county could trigger new restrictions if its positivity rate remains above 8 percent Tuesday.

The positivity rate in Region 8 was just 4.8 percent two weeks ago.

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Officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health are ready to impose coronavirus restrictions if a region’s positivity rate tops 8 percent for three days in a row. New restrictions could also be imposed if the positivity rate grows alongside increases in hospitalizations and ICU admissions.

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Region 8 has reported positivity-rate increases each of the past 10 days, and five daily increases in hospital admissions over the same period. The region remains well above the state’s thresholds for medical/surgical beds and ICU beds, public health data shows.

Kane County Back On Watch List As Positivity Rate Tops 9%

The IDPH placed Kane County back on its watch list for new restrictions Friday after the county’s positivity rate hit 9.1 percent. Kane County’s positivity rate rose to 10.9 percent by Monday, the highest it’s ever been, according to public health data.

DuPage County’s positivity rate is 7.2 percent, as of Monday, according to the state’s data.

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Kane County’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases hit 158.8 cases Sunday after more than 400 new cases over the weekend. That’s nearly twice as high as that measure had been at any point in the previous four months.

Kane County recorded 189 new cases Saturday, the most in a single day since May 21, public health data shows.

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This article originally appeared on the Aurora Patch

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