La Salle County coronavirus update: Most vaccines administered in a single day

1,135 doses were administered Thursday to La Salle County residents

As Illinois set a single-day record for COVID-19 vaccines administered, La Salle County also had its most productive single day Thursday administering the vaccine.

There were 1,135 new doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered to La Salle County residents Thursday, besting Feb. 18, the previous most productive day of 1,116 doses.

In total, there have been 26,373 doses of vaccine administered, and 9,259 residents have been fully vaccinated, 8.46% of the county’s population. Roughly 41.9% of county residents receiving doses have been 65 years and older.

There were 26 new COVID-19 cases announced Friday and seven residents removed from isolation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 10,965 individuals with confirmed and probable cases in La Salle County, and of them, 8,867 have been removed from isolation.

A La Salle county woman in her 80s died from complications related to COVID-19, according to the health department Thursday. Her death is the 282nd in La Salle County since the beginning of the pandemic and the 51st in 2021.

Of 836 La Salle County residents tested Tuesday, the latest data available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 3.3% of them were positive for COVID-19. From Feb. 24 to March 2, the positivity rate was 2.9%.

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

• Ottawa is up five.

• Streator is up three.

• Mendota is up three.

• Sheridan is up three (54 active inmate cases).

• Peru is up two.

• La Salle is up two.

• Marseilles is up one.

• Oglesby is up one.

• Somonauk is up one.

• Utica is up one.

• Wenona is up one.

A man in his 70s, a woman in her 70s, two women in their 60s, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 50s, two women in their 40s, two men in their 30s, two women in their 30s, a man in his 20s, three women in their 20s, five teenage boys, three teenage girls and two boys younger than 13 comprise 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.