Three more deaths from complications related to COVID-19 have been confirmed in La Salle County, bringing the total to 28 since the start of the pandemic, the La Salle County Health Department reported Wednesday afternoon.
All three victims reported Wednesday are women — one in her 80s, two in their 90s.
Also in Wednesday's report: an additional 29 La Salle County residents tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the running total of confirmed cases to 830 (with one previous case removed after an investigation found it belonged in another county); 10 more COVID-19 patients recovered and were released from isolation, bringing that running total to 315; and the number of known active cases in the county rose to 487.
The new cases included a woman in her 100s, five women in their 90s, a man in his 90s, three women in their 80s, a man in his 80s, a woman in her 70s, a man in his 70s, three men in their 60s, a woman in her 50s, a man in his 50s, three women in their 40s, a man in his 30s, five women in their 20s, a man in his 20s and a girl in her teens.
To date, there have been 17,703 coronavirus tests issued to county residents, with 4.69% of those coming back positive.
Since Tuesday's report, the Illinois Department of Public Health's ZIP code data has been updated as follows (these numbers may lag behind LCHD data):
• Mendota had 16 more confirmed cases, increasing its running total to 190 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.
• Streator had five more confirmed cases, increasing to 124 cases.
• Ottawa had one additional confirmed cases, increasing its total to 127.
• Sheridan had one additional case, raising its total to 34 cases.
• La Salle remained at 66 cases.
• Marseilles remained at 62 cases.
• Somonauk remained at 27 cases.
• Peru remained at 47 cases.
• Oglesby remained at 33 cases.
• Earlville remained at 18 cases.
• Seneca remained at 15 cases.
• Grand Ridge remained at 14 cases.
• Leland remained at 10 cases.
• Utica remained at seven cases.
County health officials are asking residents to take the recommended precautions seriously and take the increase in cases into account when considering whether to attend social events. Wearing a face covering and social distancing are the best preventative measures people can take at this time, officials said.
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the La Salle County Emergency Management Agency at 711 E. Etna Road, Ottawa. This testing site is open to all regardless of symptoms. Individuals are required to schedule an appointment by calling 815-433-3366 before arriving on site.