2nd COVID-19 related death reported this month in La Salle County

30 new COVID-19 cases announced

A La Salle County woman in her 70s died from complications related to COVID-19 in the past week.

Her death is the 314th COVID-19 related death in La Salle County and the second this month.

There were 30 new confirmed COVID-19 cases since July 9, increasing the number of cases this month to 63, according to the La Salle County Health Department. In comparison, there were 261 cases in all of July 2020.

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

By ZIP code there were 14 new cases in Ottawa, 13 new cases in Streator, five new cases in Peru, three new cases in La Salle, three new cases in Marseilles, three new cases in Utica, two new cases in Mendota, two new cases in Oglesby, two new cases in Earlville, two new cases in Somonauk, a new case in Grand Ridge, a new case in Seneca and a new case in Leland.

There were 22 individuals who had been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 removed from isolation since July 9.

As for vaccinations, there are 47,416 fully-vaccinated La Salle County residents, which is 43.3% of the county’s population. In total, there have been 97,792 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to county residents.

There have been 31 breakthrough cases since vaccinations started being administered. Breakthrough cases are defined as someone who tests positive for COVID-19 more than 14 days after completing the vaccine process.

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.