Kendall County Health Department Building

The Kendall County Health Department building. 

The Kendall County Health Department is asking that people continue to adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines as cases and test positivity continue to rise across Illinois.

The Department understands that people are experiencing COVID-19 fatigue, but says now is the time to stay strong. People are asked to continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, and frequently wash their hands.

Kendall County Health Department Director RaeAnn VanGundy told WSPY news earlier this month, that the virus is spreading fast.

As of Friday, Kendall County was seeing a test positivity rate 20.5 percent. Emergency room visits for COVID-19 like symptoms are up to 19.7 percent, up from 12.7 percent the last week.

VanGundy says distancing is the most important way to stop the spread of the virus.

The health department is recommending that people celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday only with household members. The regular seasonal flu is also a threat.

While a vaccine could be available in the coming months, the health department says now is not the time to let our guard down. VanGundy says people ought to continue to take responsibly for stopping the spread of COVID-19

Kendall County has had over 5,000 cases of COVID-19. Test positivity has increased significantly since October. The county has had over 30 deaths so far from the virus.