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Coronavirus transmission remains high in Will County

Transmission of the novel coronavirus remains high in Will County, according to the latest public health data.

As of this week, the county was reporting about 165 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported.

The county’s COVID-19 test positivity rate remained around 7% this week, per IDPH data, after a long stretch of ticking up as the highly contagious delta variant spread throughout the state and country.

Just one month ago, the county’s test positivity rate had reached around 2.7%.

Vaccinations have also picked up in Will County in recent weeks after falling significantly from earlier this year. This week, the county was administering as many as around 2,200 shots per day, according to the IDPH.

The daily vaccination number fell to fewer than 1,000 shots per day in the county earlier this summer.

About 52.6% of the nearly 700,000 Will County residents are fully vaccinated, about on par with the state as a whole, according to the IDPH.

The Will County Health Department has stepped up its efforts to reach unvaccinated residents of color and those in rural communities. The department recently announced the many pop-up clinics it will hold at several community events and festivals around the county.

The county is handing out free tickets to Six Flag Great America to residents who come to get their shot at some of its pop-up clinics.

For more information on COVID-19, including where to find the nearest vaccine clinic, visit willcountyhealth.org.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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