New cases of COVID-19 in Brookfield, Riverside and North Riverside have come to a virtual halt in recent weeks, with both Brookfield and Riverside reporting no new cases for the second week running as of the morning of July 13.
Meanwhile, there has been just one new case of COVID-19 reported in North Riverside since June 29 and only three total since June 8, according to data published on the Cook County Department of Health’s COVID-19 website.
All three villages reported no new cases during the period from June 30 through July 6, marking the first time since March 17, 2020 that none of the three villages reported at least one new case in a one-week period.
In fact, in recent weeks the Cook County Department of Public Health has subtracted two cases previously reported as Brookfield residents, bringing the total number of those contracting COVID-19 in Brookfield to 1,929 people, where the figure continued to stand on the morning of July 13.
As of that date, the number of people reported as having contracted COVID-19 in Riverside remained at 987, while in North Riverside, it had increased by one to 618.
Meanwhile, the seven-day rolling positivity rate for COVID-19 has remained virtually unchanged for the past two weeks. As of July 9, the most recent date available, the seven-day rolling positivity rate in Region 10, which includes all of suburban Cook County was 1.1 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, up a fraction from July 4 when it was 0.8 percent.
The Northwestern School of Medicine’s online COVID-19 dashboard, meanwhile, indicated that, as of July 12, both the seven-day and 14-day COVID-19 positivity rates in Brookfield were 0 percent. In the 60546 ZIP code, which includes both Riverside and Brookfield, the seven-day rolling positivity rate was 0.38 percent.
The IDPH is also reporting as of July 12 that 55 percent of all Illinoisans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated, with 70.3 percent having had at least one dose administered. For the 65+ age group, 74.5 percent have been fully vaccinated, with 90.4 percent having had at least one dose.
Closer to home, the vaccination rates of local municipalities still vary widely, with Riverside listed among those suburbs having the highest vaccination rates in Cook County.
As of July 12, 76.3 percent of Riverside residents had been fully vaccinated, with more than 90 percent having received at least one dose of the vaccine. In Brookfield, 54.4 percent had been fully vaccinated, with 65.4 percent having had at least one dose.
North Riverside continues to report vaccinations rates at a much lower level, with 35.7 percent fully vaccinated and 42.8 percent having had at least one dose. That puts North Riverside roughly on par with Hodgkins (38.3 percent fully vaccinated), Bridgeview (37.3 percent), Justice (32.4 percent), Maywood (34.7 percent), Stone Park (36 percent) and Schiller Park (38.6 percent) as Chicago suburbs lagging far behind state averages for vaccinations. In Lyons, 41.5 percent of the population had been fully vaccinated as of July 12.
Statewide the number of daily reported administered vaccine doses continues to slide, even as state health officials warn of the very contagious COVID-19 Delta variant, which originated in India and has been reported in Illinois.
The rolling seven-day number of daily doses of vaccine administered in Illinois of July 11 was 17,288, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. That pales in comparison to earlier this year. On April 13, the rolling seven-day number of vaccine doses administered in the state was 131,453. By May 13 that number was 76,018 and by June 13 the rolling seven-day number of vaccine dose administered was down to 40,341.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a late June news briefing that he expected the Delta variant “to dominate our cases statewide by the fall.”