La Salle County coronavirus update: More than 1,000 doses administered Thursday

County records its largest single-day vaccine distribution

After La Salle County recorded its largest single-day COVID-19 vaccine distribution Thursday, roughly 4.67% of the county’s population has been fully vaccinated.

There were 1,116 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered Thursday – the largest total of any single day since the county started administering the vaccine.

The county has administered 19,243 doses total, and 5,113 residents have been fully vaccinated.

Also on Friday, there were 19 new COVID-19 cases and 27 people removed from isolation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 10,646 confirmed and probable cases, and of those, 8,008 individuals have been removed from isolation.

Of 479 La Salle County residents tested Tuesday, the latest data available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 4.4% of them were returned positive for COVID-19. From Feb. 10 to 16, the county’s seven-day positivity rate has been 3.7%.

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

• Ottawa is up six to 2,060.

• Streator is up four to 1,840.

• Sandwich is up three to 1,149.

• Somonauk is up two to 343.

• Mendota is up one to 1,169.

• Peru is up one to 1,130.

• La Salle is up one to 1,004.

• Sheridan is up one to 636 (26 active cases; 399 total at Sheridan Correctional Center).

• Oglesby is up one to 437.

• Seneca is up one to 276.

• Lostant is up one to 61.

• Marseilles remains at 710.

• Earlville remains at 222.

• Utica remains at 174.

• Leland remains at 156.

• Wenona remains at 101.

• Tonica remains at 91.

• Grand Ridge remains at 85.

• Serena remains at 54.

• Millington remains at 49.

• Ransom remains at 36.

• Cedar Point remains at 24.

• Dana remains at 23.

• Rutland remains at 23.

• Troy Grove remains at 16.

A woman in her 80s, a man in his 60s, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 50s, a man in his 40s, a woman in her 40s, three men in their 30s, two women in their 30s, three men in their 20s, two women in their 20s, a teenage boy, a boy younger than 13 and a girl younger than 13 compose the new cases Friday.

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.