New restrictions on bars, restaurants and social gatherings in Kane County have yet to show much impact on its coronavirus trends, with the county reporting its highest-ever weekly total of new cases over the past seven days.
Statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health show 2,029 people tested positive for the coronavirus between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1, pushing the county’s seven-day rolling average of new cases to its highest point so far at nearly 290 cases.
The Kane County Health Department shut down its coronavirus-statistics dashboard Wednesday due to processing delays at the IDPH. That day, the department reported 346 total coronavirus-related deaths in Kane County.
By Sunday, there were 356 coronavirus-related deaths in the county, according to IDPH statistics.
A surge in new coronavirus cases since the start of October has fueled a huge jump in the county’s positivity rate.
The county posted a positivity rate of 5.5 percent Oct. 1. That figure climbed to 12.7 percent by Oct. 30, according to the state’s data.
The positivity rate in Region 8 — made up of Kane and DuPage counties — stood at 11.1 percent Friday, the most recent day for which testing data is available. That’s the highest positivity rate recorded in Region 8 since officials first started publishing the measure in June.
Region 8 triggered new restrictions last month when the region recorded a positivity rate above 8 percent for three days in a row. The new restrictions ban indoor service at bars and restaurants and limit social gatherings to 25 people.
Restrictions will be lifted when the region records positivity rates under 6.5 percent for three days in a row, while public health officials will add more restrictions if the regional positivity rate remains above 8 percent after 14 days with additional mitigations.
The region’s positivity rate has been above 8 percent since Oct. 17, public health data shows.
State data shows hospitalizations in Region 8 for coronavirus-like symptoms grew by more than 60 percent between Oct. 21 and Oct. 30.
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