La Salle County coronavirus update: One death, 90 new cases, 61 recoveries, 283 vaccinations recorded Wednesday

Surge of positive tests in Streator continues with 26 more

A man in his 70s is La Salle County’s 247th death related to COVID-19, the La Salle County Health Department reported Wednesday, while there were 90 newly reported cases and 61 individuals previously reported to have had cases removed from isolation.

The total of confirmed and probable cases in La Salle County reached 9,244, while the recovery count reached 6,257. There are 2,740 known, active cases of COVID-19 in the county.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday began reporting COVID-19 disease vaccination data on its website, with data to be updated daily and additional data to be provided as available. Vaccine distribution figures are reported in real time, while vaccine administration figures are reported with as much as a 72-hour lag.

In La Salle County, 3,797 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, an increase of 283 from the previous day’s data, with 780 residents (0.71% of the population) fully vaccinated against the disease.

Of 1,162 La Salle County residents tested last Sunday, the latest data available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 5% tested positive for the virus, a drop of 2% from the day before. From Jan. 4 to 10, 7.4% of county residents tested were positive for COVID-19.

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

  • Streator, which also is in Livingston County, up 26 to 1,485
  • La Salle up 15 to 912
  • Ottawa up nine to 1,771
  • Mendota up eight to 990
  • Sandwich, which also is in DeKalb County, up eight to 982
  • Marseilles up six to 625
  • Peru up four to 1,018
  • Sheridan up four to 534, 329 of those inmates at Sheridan Correctional Center pending Wednesday evening’s statistics
  • Seneca up three to 247
  • Tonica up two to 76
  • Grand Ridge up two to 73
  • Oglesby up one to 397
  • Somonauk, which also is in DeKalb County, up one to 291
  • Earlville up one to 194
  • Leland up one to 141
  • Lostant up one to 55
  • Rutland up one to 20
  • Utica steady at 150
  • Wenona, which is mostly in Marshall County, steady at 85
  • Serena steady at 47
  • Millington, which also is in Kendall County, steady at 44
  • Ransom steady at 30
  • Cedar Point at 22
  • Dana steady at 18
  • Troy Grove steady at 13

Two women and a man in their 80s, four women and six men in their 70s, nine women and five men in their 60s, 12 women and five men in their 50s, eight women and eight men in their 40s, six women and five men in their 30s, 11 women and three men in their 20s, two girls and one boy in their teens, and one girl and one boy under the age of 13 made up Wednesday’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 just over two decades into an award-winning sports journalism career.