The number of new COVID-19 cases in Brookfield, Riverside and North Riverside for the week ending on the morning of Aug. 3 was the highest total in nine weeks, mirroring a trend seen elsewhere throughout Cook County and the United States in general.

With the rate of vaccinations slowing over the past three-plus months, the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 has driven the number of new cases higher throughout Cook County, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

As of Aug. 1, new cases of COVID-19 were up in Cook County by 30.49 percent over the prior seven days, with hospital admissions increasing during that time in county by 16.74 percent.

In Brookfield, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health, the recent percent change in new COVID-19 cases – which measures the past two weeks to the two weeks prior – was up 200 percent as of Aug. 2.

There were 12 new cases reported in Brookfield during the past week, the highest total in the village since mid-May. No deaths as a result of COVID-19 have been reported in the village since March 24. 

A total of 13 Brookfield residents have died from the disease since data began being compiled by the Cook County Department of Public Health in March 2020.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate in Brookfield as of Aug. 2 was 2.74 percent. In the 60546 ZIP code, which includes both Riverside and North Riverside, the seven-day rolling positivity rate on Aug. 2 was 5.6 percent.

For the seven-day period ending on the morning of Aug. 3, Riverside had reported six new cases and North Riverside reported nine. The 15 cases in the past week is more than the two villages combined had reported in the prior nine weeks.

As in Brookfield, neither Riverside nor North Riverside had additional fatalities as a result of COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the Landmark has counted three deaths in Riverside and four in North Riverside from COVID-19.

The uptick in cases appears to be having some effect on vaccination rates, at least in the short term. As of Aug. 1, the rolling seven-date number of vaccine doses administered in Illinois was 27,396, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

While that’s still a far cry from the seven-day rolling number of 130,849 doses back on April 11, it’s an increase compared to July 9, when that seven-day rolling number of daily doses had fallen to 16,423.

On Aug. 2, the Cook County Department of Public Health announced a new program to provide residents free rides to vaccine sites to spur more inoculations. The program, called “Destination: Vaccination,” hopes to provide individuals with limited mobility or transportation issues to get vaccinated easily.

“Transportation is a critical barrier for those in traditionally underserved communities,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in a press release. “We want to eliminate this barrier for residents who otherwise want to receive vaccinations.”

Anyone who needs a ride to a vaccination location can call 833-308-1988 to schedule a ride. It’s open to all Cook County residents and can accommodate most residents, including those in wheelchairs and who require child seats.

The program is free to residents and depending on the time of day and fleet availability, you can schedule a ride and one should arrive between 30 and 60 minutes, according to the press release.