La Salle County coronavirus update: 2 women die from complications related to COVID-19

La Salle County has had 50 COVID-related deaths in 2021

Two La Salle County residents died from complications related to COVID-19.

A woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s were the county’s 280th and 281st COVID-19-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic and the 49th and 50th in 2021.

There were 25 new cases Wednesday and 43 residents removed from isolation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 10,920 confirmed and probable cases, and of those individuals, 8,794 have been removed from isolation.

On Tuesday, there were 792 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered among La Salle County residents. In total, there have been 24,723 doses administered to residents, with 8,339 fully vaccinated, 7.62% of the county’s population.

Of 228 tests taken by La Salle County residents Sunday, the latest data available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 4.4% of them were positive for COVID-19. From Feb. 22-28, the positivity rate was 2.9%.

The IDPH’s ZIP code data (which sometimes lags behind county numbers) of new cases since Tuesday’s report:

• Peru is up four.

• Streator is up three.

• Ottawa is up two.

• Sandwich is up two.

• Lostant is up two.

• Mendota is up one.

• La Salle is up one.

• Oglesby is up one.

• Marseilles is up one.

• Seneca is up one.

• Earlville is up one.

• Tonica is up one.

Three men in their 70s, two men in their 60s, three women in their 50s, six men in their 40s, two women in their 40s, three women in their 30s, a man in his 20s, a teenage boy, a teenage girl, a boy younger than 13 and two girls younger than 13 comprise Wednesday’s new cases.

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.