DuPage County new COVID-19 cases rise for third straight day as 221 COVID-19 infections reported Wednesday, 4 deaths

IDPH (Illinois Department Public Health) contractor Josie Alfaro of Rockford instructs people on how to self administer the COVID-19 test at the mobile pop-up testing site at DeKalb High School on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 in DeKalb.

The DuPage County Health Department on Wednesday reported 221 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 4 deaths: 1 woman in her 50s, 1 man in his 60s, 1 man in his 80s and 1 woman in her 90s.

It was the third straight day of increased case numbers and the most single-day cases since January 28.

The county now has seen a total of 72,419 coronavirus cases including 1,201 deaths, according to the health department. The recovery rate among DuPage County cases as of Feb. 23 was 98.2%.

DuPage County has administered 212,635 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 65,604 people, or 7.06% of the population, have been fully vaccinated.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 42 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 3.6%. Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 80 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 3.8% and DuPage County is at 3.4%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for eight out of the last 10 days in this region.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,104 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 44 additional deaths Wednesday, and a total of 2,900,341 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

By town, Wheaton has had 3,918 total cases, Glen Ellyn 2,757, Lombard 3,775, Villa Park 2,268, Hinsdale 1,186, Westmont 1,830, Darien 1,507, Woodridge 2,258, Downers Grove 3,501, Elmhurst 3,721, Warrenville 1,133 and Winfield 940. Addison has had 4,384 confirmed cases, Naperville 6,322, Carol Stream 3,870 and West Chicago 3,942.

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

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.