The number of new weekly cases of COVID-19 in Brookfield, Riverside and North Riverside plummeted to pre-omicron variant levels in the seven-day period ending Feb. 7. That mirrors a steep drop in local positivity rates over the past month.
According to the Cook County Department of Public Health, Brookfield recorded just six new cases in the week ending Feb. 7 after recording nearly 140 the week prior. In North Riverside, there was just one new case during the most recent week compared to almost 40 the week prior.
While Riverside recorded the most new cases – 13 – in the week ending Feb. 7, that was still far fewer than the 99 it recorded the prior week.
The Northwestern School of Medicine’s online dashboard for COVID-19 data showed that the seven-day rolling positivity rate as of Feb. 7 in Brookfield was down to 4.75 percent. Exactly one month earlier, on Jan. 7, Brookfield’s positivity rate was 21.96 percent.
The seven-day positivity rate was also way down in the 60546 ZIP code, which includes both Riverside and North Riverside, as of Feb. 7 at 3.82 percent. On Jan. 7, the area’s rolling positivity rate was 18.74 percent.
The three villages have not recorded such a low number of new cases combined since late October 2021.
Despite the good news on new case rates, three more local residents have died after contracting COVID-19, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
In Brookfield, an 80-year-old woman and a 79-year-old woman died from COVID-19 on Jan. 30 and Feb. 5, respectively. In all, 27 residents of Brookfield have died from the virus, with 13 of those deaths coming in the past three months.
A 50-year-old North Riverside man died from COVID-19 on Jan. 2, the medical examiner reported last week, the second fatality in the village in January, bringing the village’s total number of fatalities to six.
Nine Riverside residents have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. A majority of those deaths, five, were reported between Dec. 24, 2021 and Jan. 26.
Statewide, hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 are on the decline, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. As of Feb. 6 there were 2,744 COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in the state, compared to 7,066 on Jan. 14.
The seven-day rolling average number of deaths from COVID-19 on Feb. 7 had fallen to 81 compared to 132 on Jan. 25. The single-day number of deaths on Feb. 7 was 31, far lower than the omicron-variant surge single-day high in Illinois of 198 on Jan. 20.