With COVID-19 positivity rates on the rise in our area, health officials are reminding the public to keep their guard up.

Region 7, which includes Will and Kankakee counties, has a 7-day positivity rolling average of 5.1% as of April 5. Region 8, which includes DuPage and Kane counties, has moved up to 7.1%. The Naperville COVID-19 dashboard shows 596 active cases as of April 8. That’s an increase of 252 from two weeks earlier.

“We’re seeing an increase in cases, I know that our hospitalizations are up, and you know we’re seeing transmission in our community. And I worry about the population that hasn’t been immunized yet,” said Dr. Jonathan Pinsky, medical director of infection control at Edward Hospital.

Pinsky says according to data from DuPage County, there has been a sharp increase in infections in the 20 to 60 year old age group.

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