By Bob Uphues
There were no new fatalities from COVID-19 reported by the Cook County Department of Public Health in the past week in Brookfield, Riverside or North Riverside, but known cases in all three villages did not slow noticeably.
As of the morning of May 19, 130 people in Brookfield had tested positive for the disease, which results from infection by the novel cornonavirus. That represented a roughly 31-percent increase in new cases week over week.
For each of the three weeks prior, Brookfield had seen a slight decrease in new confirmed cases.
The rate at which people have been testing positive for COVID-19 in Riverside, meanwhile, has been seesawing over the past month or so.
After seeing its biggest rate of increase in cases in mid-April (cases on April 14 increased 120 percent over the prior week), the rate dropped sharply by the end of the month before ticking up during each of the first two weeks of May.
With 68 confirmed cases in Riverside as of the morning of May 19, that was a 21.4-percent increase week over week, down from 36.6 percent on May 12.
Numbers in North Riverside continued their trend of being somewhat unpredictable. On May 12 the village had reported just two new cases week over week, but on May 19 the county was reporting a total of 48 cases, representing a 14.3 percent increase over the prior week.
The disease has claimed two lives each in Riverside and North Riverside, although the Cook County Department of Public Health officially has only listed one person as dying from COVID-19 in Riverside.
A clerical error in the Cook County Medical Examiner's records, which listed the case to Loyola University Medical Center instead of the 58-year-old man's Riverside address, apparently is not going to be corrected in the official record.
In response to inquiries from the Landmark, a spokeswoman from the medical examiner's office did confirm the second Riverside fatality, which occurred April 11. The most recent fatality in Riverside was a 75-year-old man, who succumbed to COVID-19 on May 4.
One Brookfield resident has died from COVID-19, according to Cook County.
While long-term care facilities in Illinois have become hot spots for the spread of COVID-19 and have accounted for hundreds of deaths from the disease statewide, no residents of the two long-term care facilities in North Riverside and Brookfield, Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care and Cantata Adult Life Services, had tested positive as of May 15, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
IDPH on Monday reported 2,294 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 59 new deaths after death totals of 48 and 71 the previous two days. The state's totals now sit at 96,485 cases in 100 of 102 counties, and 4,234 deaths.
Capitol News Illinois contributed to this report.