The total number of Riverside residents testing positive for COVID-19 topped 100 last week, with five new cases reported week over week as of the morning of July 14. The total number of cases in Riverside as of Tuesday stood at 103.
And while there were no new fatalities from COVID-19 in Riverside – there has not been one reported since early May – the village in the past week saw its highest weekly rate of new cases since the beginning of June.
New cases in Riverside has been increasing at a rate of between 2.1 and 2.3 percent each week since June 2. In the most recent week, there was a 5-percent increase in new cases.
North Riverside, which had reported just three new cases during a three week stretch beginning on June 16, saw its total of new cases of COVID-19 increase by three in the past week.
The Cook County Department of Public Health has reported 81 cases of the disease since it started tracking that data in March. The rate of increase in new cases week over week in North Riverside was 3.8 percent. That’s the highest rate of increase in that village since the period covering June 2-9.
North Riverside has not experienced a death from COVID-19, according to Cook County Medical Examiner’s online dashboard, since April 15.
There were also five new COVID-19 cases reported in Brookfield week over week as of the morning of July 14, an increase of 2.7 percent. That’s a smaller rate of increase compared to the prior week, when it was just over 5 percent. The county reported that as of the morning of July 14, a total of 189 Brookfield residents had tested positive for COVID-19 since mid-March.
The increase in new cases reflects a general increase in new cases statewide as Illinois enters its fourth week under Phase 4 of the governor’s Restore Illinois coronavirus response plan.
The state’s COVID-19 test positivity rate remained at 3 percent on July 13 as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 883 new confirmed cases of the virus.
The 30,012 test results reported Monday followed more than 70,000 total reported the previous two days, driving Illinois to more than 2 million tests conducted since the pandemic began. Illinois became the first state in the Midwest to reach that milestone and the fifth state in the U.S., following California, New York, Florida and Texas.
The six deaths reported Monday brought the number of COVID-19 casualties in Illinois to 7,193 out of 154,799 confirmed cases throughout the state’s 102 counties.
Monday’s results mean there has been an average of 991 new cases reported each of the past seven days, an increase of 219 from the previous seven-day period. The seven-day rolling test positivity rate has settled at 3 percent, remaining at that level for the past three days after 23 days below it.
According to the Restore Illinois plan, any of the state’s four regions can be moved back to a more restrictive phase of the plan if there is a sustained rise in positivity rate, a sustained increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness, a reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities or a significant outbreak in the region that threatens the public health.
Hospitalizations, however, remain at their pandemic lows. There were 1,362 COVID-19 positive persons hospitalized at the end of Sunday, 334 of which were in intensive care unit beds. The latter number has not fallen below 300 at any point since the state began reporting the metrics in April.
The 136 ventilators in use by COVID-19 patients also represented a near-low for the pandemic.
Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois contributed to this report.