After seeing a spike of new local COVID-19 cases from late July well into August, the rate of people testing positive in the past couple of weeks has eased somewhat, though cases continue to mount both at home and statewide.

All three villages, however, have continued to avoid more deaths from COVID-19, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner, which has been tracking COVID-19 deaths in the county through an online dashboard.

In all, four Brookfielders have died from the disease, along with three North Riversiders and two residents of Riverside. The last local fatality was reported in North Riverside on July 19.

For the seven-day period ending the morning of Sept. 22, Brookfield saw its number of COVID-19 cases increase by 15, bringing the village’s total since the pandemic began to 359.

The past week’s number of new cases was slightly higher than the previous week’s 13, but was still lower than the consecutive weeks of 20 cases during the last week of August and first week of September.

Riverside added seven new cases to its total for the week ending on the morning of Sept. 22, increasing its total caseload to 188 since the pandemic began. 

For the third straight week, just three people in North Riverside tested positive for COVID-19. That stretch followed a three-week run in August where North Riverside saw 20 new cases.

 

State positivity rate levels off

After the state surpassed 5 million COVID-19 tests over the weekend, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and health officials touted the expansion of testing efforts at a news conference on Sept 21. 

The statewide positivity rate in Illinois decreased to and leveled at about 3.5 percent over the previous three days. From Saturday through Monday, the state averaged 1,802 new cases among 53,510 test results reported on average over the three-day span. 

That brought the total number of cases to 275,735 among more than 5.1 million test results reported, and there have been 8,457 deaths since the pandemic first began in Illinois. 

There were 46 deaths reported from Saturday through Monday. The recovery rate is 96 percent for those 42 days removed from a positive diagnosis. 

“In a pandemic, widely available testing and faster results mean our people are safer,” Pritzker said at a news conference in Springfield. “Here in Illinois, we’ve steadily added new in-state commercial labs and greater hospital and university lab capacity utilization to get to an average of more than 50,000 tests per day. We do three and a half times the testing the average state does. And we’re one of the fastest states in delivering tests back to our residents.”

Capitol News Illinois contributed to this report.