Riverside has experienced its first fatal case of COVID-19, a 58-year-old man who lived in the 100 block of East Quincy Street, according to Fire Chief Matthew Buckley.
Paramedics responded to the residence at about 7 p.m. on April 10, and the man was pronounced dead at about 3 a.m. on April 11. A test later revealed the man was positive for COVID-19.
He was the second local fatality from the disease, which has resulted in a global pandemic and has prompted a statewide stay-at-home order in order to limit its spread.
While Gov. J.B. Pritzker over the weekend expressed hope that Illinois might be making progress toward “bending the curve” of new and fatal cases, the disease has continued to spread locally at about the same rate.
Riverside saw its number of positive cases jump to 22 by Monday after reporting 14 just three days earlier. The infection rate in Riverside also increased to about 248 per 100,000 people.
Both Brookfield and North Riverside also saw upticks in both reported cases and rate of infection over the weekend. By Monday, the Cook County Department of Public Health was reporting 37 cases in Brookfield and 13 cases in North Riverside. The infection rate in both of those villages was listed as about 195 per 100,000 people.
Cook County reported that through April 13, there have been 5,753 confirmed suburban cases, including 216 deaths from COVID-19. Of the total number of confirmed cases, about 25 percent have resulted in hospitalization, according to Cook County, with 5.3 percent of those cases requiring intensive care.
Similar to the advance of the disease seen a week ago, the number of cases locally almost doubled. On April 7, Brookfield had 21 confirmed cases, while Riverside and North Riverside each had 10.
Numbers of confirmed cases in the communities immediately surrounding the three villages have also increased at similar or faster rates. Berwyn and Cicero, which were reporting cases in the mid 50s on April 3, had 157 and 225 confirmed cases, respectively, on April 13.
Other nearby communities reporting positive cases included Lyons (17), LaGrange (31), LaGrange Park (16) and Countryside (8).
Berwyn’s infection rate of 277.11 per 100,000 people was also higher than all but two nearby communities.
The highest rates of infection were reported in Forest Park, where as of April 13 there were 43 confirmed cases, and Broadview, where there were 26. Forest Park’s infection rate is 303.52 per 100,000 people, while Broadview’s was 327.71.
Prior to news of the fatal COVID-19 case in Riverside, the only confirmed local fatality from COVID-19 was reported April 1, a 73-year-old North Riverside man who lived in a multifamily building in the 2900 block of Lincoln Avenue.