La Salle County coronavirus update: Man in his 80s dies from complications related to COVID-19

His death is the 298th COVID-related death since the start of the pandemic

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

His death is the 298th COVID-related death in La Salle County since the beginning of the pandemic and the first death reported in May. There were 10 COVID-related deaths reported in April, nine in March, 21 in February and 26 in January.

There were 35 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Saturday in La Salle County and 24 residents were removed from isolation. Since the start of the virus, there have been 12,321 confirmed and probable cases, and of those, 10,147 have been removed from isolation.

Making up Saturday’s new cases are four girls younger than 13, 10 teenage boys, a teenage girl, a man in his 20s, two men in their 30s, three women in their 30s, two men in their 40s, three women in their 40s, a woman in her 50s, four men in their 60s, two women in their 60s, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s.

Of the 971 La Salle County residents tested Wednesday, the latest data available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 3.6% of those tests were returned positive for COVID-19. From April 22-28, the county’s seven-day positivity rate was 5.5%, which is down 0.2% from the previous day’s seven-day rate.

There were 272 more doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered to La Salle County residents Friday, increasing the total number of doses administered to 68,636.

There are 28,596 fully-vaccinated residents countywide, which is 26.13% of the county’s population.