KANE COUNTY, IL — Coronavirus cases surged in Kane County during August, but the county saw half as many related deaths as the previous month. New cases have dropped off somewhat since the start of September, but Kane County has already recorded more deaths than it did in August, public health data shows.
Kane County officials reported 15 coronavirus-related deaths in the first 16 days of September, up from 14 in August, according to statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Ten Kane County residents have died from coronavirus-related conditions since Sept. 9, taking the county’s death toll to 327 people, as of Wednesday.
Officials have reported nearly 1,000 positive coronavirus tests in the first 16 days of September. Public health data shows 2,142 Kane County residents tested positive for the coronavirus last month, up from 1,320 in June and 1,404 in July.
Of the 401 people who tested positive in the past week, 125 were from Aurora, 71 were from Elgin and 37 were from St. Charles, the data shows.
The county's total of 12,339 cases includes 4,522 in Aurora, 2,789 in Elgin and 1,159 in Carpentersville, as well as 935 in St. Charles, 591 in South Elgin, 429 in Geneva, 335 in Batavia and 330 in North Aurora. All other municipalities have reported less than 200 coronavirus cases, as of Wednesday.
The positivity rate in Region 8 — made up of Kane and DuPage counties — stands at 5.7 percent, as of Sunday, after reaching an all-time high of 6.2 percent at the end of August.
State officials will implement new coronavirus mitigation strategies in regions that record a positivity rate of at least 8 percent for three days. The IDPH will also mandate new restrictions if a region reports daily positivity-rate increases seven times within 10 days, along with an increase in hospital admissions due to coronavirus-related symptoms or a drop in capacity in intensive care units.
Officials from Region 8, also known as the West Suburban region, have reported positivity-rate increases four times in the past 10 days, as well as three upticks in hospital admissions over the same period.
Forty-seven percent of Region 8's ICU units and 37 percent of medical/surgical beds were available as of Sunday, well above the state's 20 percent threshold for new restrictions.