DuPage County COVID-19 cases decrease as 73 new infections reported Thursday, 2 deaths

The DuPage County Health Department on Thursday reported 73 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 2 deaths: 1 man in his 50s and 1 man in his 60s.

The number of cases was a steep drop after cases had increased for three consecutive days, and was the lowest single-day case total since February 7.

The county now has seen a total of 72,492 coronavirus cases including 1,203 deaths, according to the health department. The recovery rate among DuPage County cases as of Feb. 23 was 98.2%.

DuPage County has administered 221,041 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 68,877 people, or 7.42%, of the total population have been fully vaccinated.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 43 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 3.8%. Currently, 31% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 81 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 4.2% and DuPage County is at 3.6%.

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

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,740 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 42 additional deaths Thursday, and a total of 2,993,543 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered. On Wednesday, the state administered 93,302 vaccine doses.

By town, Wheaton has had 3,924 total cases, Glen Ellyn 2,761, Lombard 3,780, Villa Park 2,271, Hinsdale 1,191, Westmont 1,834, Darien 1,506, Woodridge 2,263, Downers Grove 3,504, Elmhurst 3,720, Warrenville 1,138 and Winfield 941. Addison has had 4,384 confirmed cases, Naperville 6,334, Carol Stream 3,875 and West Chicago 3,947.

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.