The number of people either confirmed or probable for COVID-19 infection in Brookfield pushed past 1,200 last week with two more residents dying from the disease, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.
A total of 10 Brookfield residents have died from COVID-19, six of those coming since Nov. 26 amid a spike in cases that has leveled off in the past three weeks but remains far higher than the number of weekly cases seen during the first months of the pandemic.
Another 92 residents of Brookfield were confirmed or probable for COVID-19 during the week-long period ending on the morning of Dec. 22, bringing the village’s total number of cases since the county began publishing that data in March to 1,231.
More than half of the total cases seen in Brookfield – 624 — have come since Nov. 11, a period of six weeks. It took the village 32 weeks to reach its first 607 cases.
Among those Brookfield residents dying from COVID-19 last week were a 65-year-old woman, who died Dec. 17 and an 80-year-old woman, who died Dec. 20.
The village of Riverside last week also experienced the first death of a resident from COVID-19 since May 4.
On Dec. 17, a 71-year-old man who lived in Riverside died from the disease – the third village resident since the pandemic swept through, according to county records.
While there were 29 more Riverside residents and 27 North Riverside residents either confirmed or probable for COVID-19 in the past week, those numbers remain lower than they were last month, when Riverside’s weekly high neared 70 and North Riverside’s hit 36.
As of the morning of Dec. 22, a total of 619 Riverside residents and 381 North Riverside residents have contracted COVID-19 since that data first began being published by the Cook County Department of Public Health in March.
Statewide infection rates and hospitalizations from the disease have continued to decline.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Monday that 4,699 new confirmed and probable cases of the disease had been recorded over the previous 24 hours out of 86,454 tests performed.
That brought the seven-day rolling average case positivity rate down to 7.5 percent, the lowest it has been since Oct. 31 and the second consecutive day that number has been below 8 percent.
For the seven-day period that ended Sunday, the average number of people being hospitalized was 4,675 per day, an 8-percent decline from the previous week. The average daily ICU count was down 17 percent from the prior week, while average daily ventilator use was down 8 percent.
IDPH also reported Monday that 98 individuals had died of the disease over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities in Illinois since the pandemic began to 15,299 out of 905,069 recorded cases.
For the seven-day period that ended Sunday, the disease claimed an average of 130 lives per day, down from the previous week’s average of 149.
Capitol News Illinois contributed to this report.