La Salle County coronavirus update: 500 more doses administered over the weekend

Seven-day positivity rate has increased 1.8% since March 27

More than 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered to La Salle County residents over the weekend, increasing the number of total doses administered to 47,150.

After those doses, there are 17,390 residents fully-vaccinated, which is 15.89% of the county’s population.

Additionally, there were 31 new cases announced Monday by the La Salle County Health Department and 17 residents removed from isolation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 11,494 confirmed and probable cases, and of those, 9,669 have been released from isolation.

Making up the new cases are two boys younger than 13, a girl younger than 13, a teenage boy, a teenage girl, three men in their 20s, six men in their 30s, two women in their 30s, a man in his 40s, two women in their 40s, two men in their 50s, three women in their 50s, three men in their 60s, two women in their 60s and two women in their 70s.

Of the 348 La Salle County residents tested Friday, the latest data available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 4.3% of them were positive with COVID-19. From March 27 to April 2, the county’s seven-day positivity rate was 4.1%. The seven-day positivity rate has gone up 1.8% since March 27.

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.