The Kendall County Health Department reported no additional deaths among county residents due to COVID-19 in the agency’s weekly virus report released April 14.
The number of county residents who have died from the virus since the pandemic began in March 2020 remained at 161, according to health department data.
The health department, however, reported that the test positivity rate for the virus among county residents has increased over the past week to 4.7%, from 4% reported on April 7. The county’s test positivity rate for the week ending March 24 was 3.5%.
The number of county residents to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 also continues to rise.
The health department report shows another 99 county residents were fully vaccinated between April 7 and April 14. These additional vaccinated residents serve to increase the county’s total number of residents to be fully vaccinated to 87,305, or 68.25% of the county’s total population.
In a related matter, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported on April 13 that 75.98% of the population of Plainfield ZIP Code 60585 is now fully immunized. ZIP Code 60585 extends to east-central Kendall County.
Other Kendall County zip code areas with high percentages of the population to be fully vaccinated as of April 13, according to IDPH data, include:
• Aurora, 60503: 73.31%.
• Oswego, 60543: 69.67%.
• Yorkville, 60560: 68.71%.
• Montgomery, 60538: 65.84%.
• Plano, 60545: 61.35%
• Sandwich, 60548: 55.03%
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 in the entire northern Illinois region . As of April 13, the IDPH indicated that 38.80% of the population was fully vaccinated.
On March 30, the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Illinois Department of Public Health authorized a second booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines for all people of 50+ and for 12-49 if moderately to severely immunocompromised
This dose can be received at the earliest four months after receiving the first booster dose. For more details, go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.
The data showed the importance of vaccination and booster doses to prevent and minimize COVID-19 infection.
According to the CDC, boosted individuals were 21 times less likely to die from COVID-19 during the Omicron variant surge compared to those who were not vaccinated.