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

County has had 296 COVID-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic

A La Salle County man in his 60s and a man in his 90s died from complications related to COVID-19, according to information shared by the La Salle County Health Department.

Their deaths are the 295th and 296th COVID-related deaths in La Salle County since the beginning of the pandemic.

There were 40 COVID-19 cases announced Thursday by the La Salle County Health Department and 12 residents were removed from isolation. Since the start of the virus, there were 12,249 confirmed and probable cases, and of those, 10,112 were released from isolation.

Making up Friday’s new cases are a girl younger than 13, six teenage boys, four teenage girls, four men in their 20s, a woman in her 20s, three men in their 30s, four men in their 40s, four women in their 40s, three men in their 50s, three women in their 50s, three men in their 60s, two women in their 60s, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s.

Of the 444 La Salle County residents tested Monday, the latest data available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 7.9% of them had tests returned positive for COVID-19. From April 20-26, the county’s seven-day positivity rate was 5.4% — up 0.4% from the previous day’s seven-day rate.

In regard to COVID-19 vaccinations, there were 1,024 more doses of the vaccine administered to La Salle County residents Wednesday, increasing the number of total doses to 67,532 countywide.

There are 28,044 fully-vaccinated residents, which is 25.63% of the county’s population.

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.