The Kendall County Health Department reported the death of one more county resident due to COVID-19 in its weekly report on the virus issued March 31.
The number of county residents who have died from the virus since the onset of the pandemic in March of 2020 is now 161, according to health department data.
In addition, the health department reported the test positivity rate for the virus among county residents fell over the past week, from 3.5% reported March 24 to 2.9% March 31.
The number of county residents to become fully vaccinated also continues to rise.
The health department report shows that 102 more county residents became fully vaccinated between March 24 and 31. Those additional vaccinated residents serve to increase the total number of county residents to be fully vaccinated to 87,097 or 68.09% of the county’s total population.
On March 30, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) authorized a second booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines for everyone 50 years of age and older for 12 to 49 years of age if moderately to severely immunocompromised
This dose can be received no earlier than 4 months after receiving the first booster dose. For details, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.
Data has shown the importance of vaccination and booster doses to prevent and minimize COVID-19 infection.
According to the CDC, during the Omicron surge, boosted individuals were 21 times less likely to die from COVID-19 compared to those unvaccinated.
The health department has vaccine clinics scheduled Tuesday, April 5, as well as Thursday April 14. Individuals should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting a second booster dose is appropriate for them.
In a related matter, the Illinois Department of Public Heath reported March 30 that 75.79% of the population in the Plainfield 60585 ZIP code is now fully vaccinated. The 60585 ZIP code extends into east central Kendall County.
Other Kendall County ZIP code areas with high percentages of the population to be fully vaccinated as of March 30, according to IDPH data, include:
• Aurora, 60503: 73.17%.
• Oswego, 60543: 69.50%.
• Yorkville, 60560: 68.61%.
• Montgomery, 60538: 65.61%.
• Plano, 60545: 61.26%.
The Newark 60541 ZIP code continues to have the lowest percentage of the population in the Kendall County area to be fully vaccinated and one of the lowest vaccination rates throughout the northern Illinois region. As of March 30, the IDPH listed 38.74% of the population as fully vaccinated.
Source: The Daily Chronicle