La Salle County coronavirus update: Five additional COVID-related deaths reported Monday

County’s running total since start of pandemic reaches 246

Five COVID-19-related deaths, 42 new confirmed/probable cases and 23 previous COVID-19 patients released from isolation were announced Monday by the La Salle County Health Department.

The five deaths – which bring the county’s total since the start of the pandemic in mid-March of 2020 to 246 – were a man in his 70s, a man in his 80s, a woman in her 80s and two women in their 90s.

The 42 new cases of COVID-19 among La Salle County residents raise that running total to 9,106, while the 23 additional recoveries elevate that running total to 6,126. There are currently 2,734 known, active cases in the county.

Of 723 La Salle County residents tested last Friday, the latest data available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 10% tested positive for the virus, the third time over the past 10 days that the daily positivity rate has been in double digits. From Jan. 2 to 8, 8.2% of county residents tested were positive for COVID-19.

The IDPH’s ZIP code data (which sometimes lags behind county numbers) of total cases since the start of the pandemic, with increases since Sunday’s report, show:

  • Streator, which also is in Livingston County, up 14 to 1,437
  • Sandwich, which also is in DeKalb County, up six to 965
  • La Salle up four to 895
  • Sheridan up four to 530, 318 of those inmates at Sheridan Correctional Center
  • Ottawa up two to 1,759
  • Mendota up two to 976
  • Marseilles up two to 617
  • Seneca up two to 242
  • Wenona, which is mostly in Marshall County, up two to 84
  • Millington, which also is in Kendall County, up two to 44
  • Leland up one to 140
  • Peru still at 1,013
  • Oglesby still at 394
  • Somonauk, which also is in DeKalb County, still at 286
  • Earlville still at 192
  • Utica still at 150
  • Tonica still at 74
  • Grand Ridge still at 70
  • Lostant still at 54
  • Serena still at 46
  • Ransom still at 30
  • Rutland still at 19
  • Dana still at 18
  • Troy Grove at 13

A woman in her 90s, a man in his 80s, two women in their 70s, two women and five men in their 60s, four women and four men in their 50s, three men in their 40s, three women and five men in their 30s, six women and one man in their 20s, three girls in their teens, and one girl and one boy under the age of 13 made up Monday’s new cases.

J.T. Pedelty

J.T. is a graduate of Streator High School, Illinois Valley Community College and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale who is some 22 years into an award-winning sports journalism career.