La Salle County coronavirus update: County remains on ‘orange warning level’ for COVID-19 risk

Uptick in cases, not enough ICU beds in the health region lead to warning designation

A La Salle County woman in her 80s died from complications related to COVID-19, according to the La Salle County Health Department.

Her death is the 297th COVID-19 related death in La Salle County since the beginning of the pandemic.

For the third week in a row, La Salle County remained at the state’s orange warning level for COVID-19 risk metrics. This level indicates there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the county. A warning level means a county saw increases in two or more COVID-19 risk indicators.

La Salle County continues to see an uptick in cases. In addition, within the county’s health region, there are 16% of ICU beds available, which is below the 20% target. Until LaSalle County can get a handle on the number of new cases being identified each week and slow the spread occurring, La Salle County will continue to be at risk for remaining at the orange warning level, the health department said.

There were 37 new COVID-19 cases Friday and 11 residents removed from isolation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 12,286 confirmed and probable cases, and of those, 10,123 have been removed from isolation.

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

Of the 839 La Salle County residents tested Tuesday, the latest data available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 6.2% of those were returned positive for COVID-19. From April 21-27, the county’s seven-day positivity rate was 5.7% — which is up 0.3% from the previous day’s seven-day positivity rate.

There were 832 more COVID-19 vaccine doses administered Thursday to La Salle County residents, which increases the total number of doses to 68,364. There are 28,454 residents fully-vaccinated, which is 26% 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.