DuPage County reports 256 COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 3 deaths, region’s positivity rate remains at 8.2%

The DuPage County Health Department on Wednesday reported 256 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 3 deaths: 2 woman in their 80s and 1 man in his 100s.

The county now has seen a total of 66,224 coronavirus cases including 1,064 deaths, according to the health department. The recovery rate among DuPage County cases as of Jan. 12 was 98.0%.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen zero days at or under 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed the same at 8.2%. Currently, 33% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 11 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 9.1%, and DuPage County is at 7.7%.

Hospitalizations have decreased six out of the past 10 days in this region.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,822 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 107 additional deaths Wednesday, and a total of 537,740 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

By town, Wheaton has had 3,542 total cases, Glen Ellyn 2,509, Lombard 3,454, Villa Park 2,064, Hinsdale 1,045, Westmont 1,676, Darien 1,357, Woodridge 2,080, Downers Grove 3,125, Elmhurst 3,418, Warrenville 1,056 and Winfield 849. Addison has had 4,109 confirmed cases, Naperville 5,600, Carol Stream 3,599 and West Chicago 3,658.

The health department provides further information on its data dashboard for COVID-19-related hospitalizations, deaths, lab positivity and outbreak-associated counts by municipality. This additional information replaces the information that was previously provided daily in this format.

Information is also available for COVID-19 cases and deaths among DuPage County residents by race, ethnicity, severity, long-term care facility outcomes, underlying medical conditions and doubling time. Visit the DuPage County COVID-19 Dashboard at www.dupagehealth.org/covid19data.

Individual long-term care facility outbreak updates are provided on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

Joshua Welge

I am the Sports Editor for Kendall County Newspapers, the Kane County Chronicle and Suburban Life Media, covering primarily sports in Kendall, Kane, DuPage and western Cook counties. I've been covering high school sports for 24 years. I also assist with our news coverage.