Brookfield saw its weekly number of new COVID-19 cases increase for the seven-day period ending Nov. 2 for the second straight week, and one more Brookfield resident has died from the disease.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that a 70-year-old Brookfield man died on Oct. 26, becoming the village’s 15th COVID-19 fatality and its first since Aug. 9.
For the most recent week, the Cook County Department of Public Health reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 in Brookfield, up from 11 the previous week and nine the week before. It’s the most cases reported in one week in Brookfield since the weekly period ending Oct. 5.
The seven-day rolling positivity rate in Brookfield also inched up slightly in the past week. On Nov. 1, according to the Northwestern School of Medicine’s online COVID-19 dashboard, the seven-day rolling positivity rate was 1.83 percent after falling to a low of 0.47 percent on Oct. 21.
However, the rolling positivity rate remains far below the nearly 5-percent positivity rate the village saw in mid-September.
The average daily case rate in Brookfield of 90.41 per 100,000 people is also higher than the 21.27 the village recorded on Oct. 21. But it is far below the 207.4 per 100,000 daily case rate Brookfield recorded on Sept. 23.
Riverside, North Riverside numbers ebb
Meanwhile, the village of Riverside recorded just four new COVID-19 cases for the week-long period ending Nov. 2, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health, the lowest weekly total since late July.
And for the second consecutive week, North Riverside recorded just three new cases, the lowest two-week total in that village since July.
Neither village recorded any new fatalities due to COVID-19. The Landmark has identified four fatalities in each village since the pandemic began in March 2020. The most recent in Riverside was on Sept. 11. The most recent in North Riverside was on Jan. 11.
According to the Northwestern School of Medicine’s online dashboard, the seven-day rolling positivity rate in the 60546 ZIP code, which includes both Riverside and North Riverside, as of Nov. 1 was 0.48 percent, among the lowest rates in months for the area and a sharp fall from the 7.58-percent positivity rate recorded on Sept. 9 in that ZIP code.
The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported on Oct. 31 that 67 percent of the state’s population, 12 years and older, had been fully vaccinated, and that nearly 84 percent of those age 65 and older had been fully vaccinated.
On Oct. 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children, age 5-11, as a two-dose series, three weeks apart.
According to a press release issued by the FDA, the vaccines for those 5 to 11 are a lower dose (10 micrograms) compared to the dose administered to those 12 and older (30 micrograms).