La Salle County coronavirus update: Fifth resident dies from COVID-19 complications this month

302 residents have died since the beginning of the pandemic

A fifth La Salle County resident died from complications related to COVID-19 since May 1.

The La Salle County Health Department said a woman in her 70s died from complications related to COVID-19. Her death is the 302nd in the county since the beginning of the pandemic.

There were 37 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Monday by the health department and 88 residents removed from isolation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 12,580 confirmed and probable cases, and of those, 10,627 have been removed from isolation.

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

Of the 451 La Salle County residents tested Friday, the latest data available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, there were 6% of those tests returned positive for COVID-19. From May 1-7, the county’s seven-day positivity rate was 4.4%.

There were 537 more COVID-19 doses administered Monday, increasing the total number of doses to 73,245 countywide. There are 31,803 fully-vaccinated residents, which is 29% of the county’s population.

Walk-ins welcome at May 12 Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination clinic

The “one and done” Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination clinic Wednesday, May 12, at Illinois Valley Community College will be open to walk-ins. No appointment is necessary to receive a Johnson and Johnson vaccination that day.

Individuals must be 18 years old. Bring insurance information. You will not be denied a vaccine if you do not have insurance.

Anyone that currently has a second dose Moderna or “one and done” Johnson and Johnson appointment for this clinic should come at their scheduled time.

The clinic is open 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and then will reopen from 1:45 to 5:30 p.m.

Park in Parking Lot 7 and come in through the door off the parking lot.

The La Salle County Health Department is conducting this COVID-19 vaccination clinic in partnership with the Illinois National Guard. For additional information, contact the La Salle County Health Department at 815-433-3366 or visit the Health Department’s website at www.lasallecounty.org.

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.