The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has reported that a 72-year-old Riverside man is the fourth village resident to die as a result of COVID-19. The man’s death occurred on Oct. 11, according to the medical examiner, and is the first in Riverside since Dec. 17, 2020.

The latest local fatality comes as the number of weekly COVID-19 cases in Riverside, Brookfield and North Riverside is beginning to decline after a roughly two-month period where weekly cases remained steady.

There were just eight Riverside residents during the week-long period ending Oct. 12 who tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. That’s the lowest weekly total since the final week of August, when there were seven new cases.

Weekly case numbers also dropped in Brookfield, which saw 13 new cases, the least in one week since the period ending on Aug. 3. For the past nine weeks, Brookfield has averaged more than 20 cases per week, with a low of 22 and a high of 39.

In North Riverside there were six new COVID-19 cases reported for the week ending Oct. 12, the lowest weekly total since mid-August. No new fatalities have been reported in North Riverside since Jan. 11. The last COVID-19 fatality in Brookfield was reported on Aug. 9.

The rolling seven-day positivity rate in suburban Cook County was at 2.1 percent as of Oct. 9, the most recent information available through the Illinois Department of Public Health, the same rate reported in Cook County on Sept. 30.

Daily hospitalizations in suburban Cook County for COVID-19 continued to drop from 427 on Oct. 2 to 361 on Oct. 11.

State health officials also report that almost 81 percent of Illinois residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 63.2 percent having been fully vaccinated.

In suburban Cook County, 61.48 percent of the population had been fully vaccinated through Oct. 11, according to IDPH.