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YORKVILLE – Total numbers of COVID-19 cases have not yet leveled off in Kendall County, but the number of those in recovery and being tested continues to increase, according to data released by the Kendall County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Total COVID-19 cases in the county stands at 793 and the total number of county residents to have died remained at 22, as of Friday, May 29, the health department reported. A total of 438 county residents were listed as in recovery from COVID-19, meaning they have been asymptomatic for at least 72 hours.

From Thursday to Friday, there have been 12 more new cases of COVID-19 in Kendall County, according to health department data. There were 21 more reported cases being in recovery from the same time period.

As of May 18, the Kendall County Coroner's Office wrote in a social media statement that there have been six COVID-19-related deaths – whether COVID-19 was listed as the cause of death or not – that actually occurred within the county's borders, with all other deaths reported by the county health department occurring outside of the county.

Kendall County Coroner Jacquie Purcell confirmed Thursday there were no additional COVID-19-related deaths occurring within the county's borders since May 11. She said the office also will no longer provide weekly updates of such deaths in the county due to lack of information coming in weekly.

"If we have something that's worth reporting, I'll put it out there," Purcell said.

Purcell said it remains important to have the data broken out about where COVID-19 related deaths within the county borders have been occurring as they happen, while respecting patients' identities. Though it's been happening everywhere in the county at least a little bit, she said, the office wanted to provide the information that the people who have been dying within the county were all in long-term care facilities and a lot of them also had additional health factors to consider at the time of their death.

Purcell said the public's request for data has been the one thing that she kept hearing throughout the pandemic as it pertains to the county.

"I think that helped to ease people's concerns," Purcell said. "I hope it did, anyway."

More than half of the individuals to contract COVID-19 – 56% – reside in either Oswego, 26%; Plano, 16%; or Oswego Township, 14%, according to Friday's county health data. Women account for 54% of all county COVID-19 cases while men account for 46%, the data shows.

According to Illinois Department of Public Health data by ZIP code, there have been 581 people tested for COVID-19 in 60548 with 72 confirmed cases, 887 tested in 60545 with 136 confirmed cases, 975 tested in 60560 with 90 confirmed cases, 1,629 tested in 60538 with 275 confirmed cases and 1,679 tested in 60543 with 235 confirmed cases as of Friday.

The average percentage of how many of those tests returned positive for COVID-19 between the five ZIP codes is 13.3%, according to state data. Less than 1% of the population of Kendall County has tested positive for the illness thus far, according to county and U.S. Census Bureau data.

About 56% of all reported COVID-19 cases within Kendall County were in recovery as of Friday, according to county health department data. About 40% are recovering at home, whether it's a traditional residence or a long-term care facility, and less than 1% are in the hospital.

More than half of Kendall County's confirmed COVID-19 cases involve individuals between the ages of 30 and 59, per county health data. The data shows that patients in their 30s account for 17% of all COVID-19 cases, while patients in their 40s account for 22% and patients in their 50s account for 18% of the cases.

Individuals in their 80s and 90s account for only 5% of the cases, but Dr. Amaal Tokars, executive director for the Kendall County Health Department, had said those are the most vulnerable age groups. She had told the Kendall County Board during a May 19 remote meeting the most lethality is more likely to happen within that age group.

As of Friday, there have been 50 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths within Kendall County long term care facilities, according to state health department data. There have been 36 reported cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths at Symphony At The Tillers in Oswego, eight reported cases and two deaths at Hillside Rehab & Care Center in Yorkville, and at least four reported cases and three deaths at Association for Individual Development in Aurora, per the state data.

That update comes after there were 30 reported cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths at Symphony At The Tillers in Oswego, five reported cases and two deaths at Hillside Rehab & Care Center in Yorkville, and four reported cases and three deaths at Association for Individual Development in Aurora as of May 23.