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COVID-19 cases down in La Salle County, 2 residents die from complications with the virus

5 COVID-related deaths recorded this month countywide

A La Salle County woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s died from complications related to COVID-19 in the past week.

Their deaths are the 345th and 346th COVID-related deaths in La Salle County since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been five COVID-related deaths this month and 115 in 2021.

The La Salle County Health Department reported 35 less new cases this week compared to the week before. Since Oct. 8, there were 111 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in the county. There have been 288 cases confirmed this month compared to 968 in the entirety of October of last year.

There were 257 residents removed from isolation this week after positive COVID-19 confirmations.

Making up the new cases were 11 boys younger than 13, nine girls younger than 13, seven teenage boys, six teenage girls, five men in their 20s, seven women in their 20s, seven men in their 30s, 10 women in their 30s, nine men in their 40s, seven women in their 40s, eight men in their 50s, 11 women in their 50s, four men in their 60s, a woman in her 60s, five women in their 70s, two men in their 80s and two women in their 80s.

By ZIP code, there were 25 new cases in Ottawa, 20 in Streator, 18 in La Salle, nine in Peru, nine in Sandwich, five in Sheridan, five in Earlville, four in Marseilles, three in Oglesby, three in Somonauk, two in Seneca, two in Leland, two in Leonore, two in Utica, one in Millington and one in Mendota.

La Salle County is considered to be in orange status for COVID-19, which indicates there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the county. A warning level means the county had increases in two or more COVID-19 risk indicators.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data tracker at covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view, La Salle County continues to experience a new case rate of higher than 50 per 100,000 (122 per 100,000).

Additionally, within the North Central Region, which includes La Salle County, there are 17.1% of ICU beds available, which is below the 20% target. There were five new hospital admissions in La Salle County within the past week, according to the CDC.

Until La Salle County can get a handle on the number of new cases being identified each week and slow the spread, La Salle County will continue to be at risk for remaining at the state’s warning level for COVID-19, the health department said.

There were 313 more residents fully vaccinated of COVID-19 in La Salle County in the past week, increasing its total to 55,310, which is 50.54% of the county’s population.

For information on how to get a vaccine, go to www.vaccines.gov. The La Salle County Health Department has COVID -19 vaccine available at the health department on Etna Road in Ottawa by appointment only, Monday through Friday. The health department has Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer available. Residents who still need to be vaccinated should call the health department at 815-433-3366 to make an appointment.

OSF, Morris Hospital update information

There were 126 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in 14 of OSF HealthCare’s 15 hospitals as of Wednesday, according to OSF. Of those 126 patients, 96 were unvaccinated and 30 were fully vaccinated.

Of those patients hospitalized with COVID-19, 25 were in ICU — 24 unvaccinated and one fully vaccinated; 15 on ventilators — 14 unvaccinated and one fully vaccinated.

OSF has hospitals in Ottawa, Princeton, Mendota and Pontiac.

At Morris Hospital, there were 10 patients with COVID-19 hospitalized as of Friday, nine of them unvaccinated. None of the patients were on a ventilator but one of them, who is unvaccinated, was in ICU.