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Forty-seven new COVID-19 cases were confirmed Monday in La Salle County — the highest single-day total since the beginning of the pandemic.
Additionally, the health department confirmed a man in his 80s and a woman in her 80s died from complications related to COVID-19, increasing the number of deaths related to COVID-19 in La Salle County to 20.
The new cases are two boys younger than 13, a teenager, a man in his 20s, eight women in their 20s, two men in their 30s, a woman in her 30s, two men in their 40s, three women in their 40s, three men in their 50s, five women in their 50s, two men in their 60s, two women in their 60s, a man in his 70s, two men in their 80s, eight women in their 80s, two men in their 90s and two women in their 90s.
The 47 additional cases increase La Salle County's active cases to 281. There have been 557 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. During an investigation, health officials determined a previous case reported as a La Salle County resident was found to reside outside the county and has been transferred to another county's total.
Health officials also confirmed 10 residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been released from isolation, increasing the number of people released from isolation to 256.
"The drastic uptick in (Monday's) cases speaks to the fact that many people think and are acting like the pandemic is over," said Jenny Barrie, health educator and public information officer at the La Salle County Health Department. "Unfortunately, this is not the case. We would like to remind people that they need to consider that COVID-19 is widespread throughout the community and actively spreading. We are asking residents to take the recommended precautions seriously and take the increase in cases into account when considering whether to attend social events. Face covering and social distancing are the best preventative measures people can take at this time."
The Mendota ZIP code has now surpassed 100 cases since mid-March, increasing by 26 cases since Sunday's report from the Illinois Department of Public Health and totaling 106 cases. There have been 1,063 tests taken among Mendota residents, meaning tests have come back with a positive rate just shy of 10%.
Additionally, Utica's ZIP code area now is reporting six or more cases. The ZIP code area has had six cases out of 173 tests.
Barrie said while there are some areas in the county with high daily cases counts, health officials are seeing an increase in cases countywide.
According to ZIP code data from the IDPH website (numbers can lag a few days), since Sunday's report:
• Streator had seven more cases, increasing its total to 62 cases out of 2,232 tests.
• La Salle had four more cases, increasing its total to 38 cases out of 1,490 tests.
• Oglesby had three more cases, increasing its total to 25 cases out of 439 tests.
• Grand Ridge had two more cases, increasing its total to 10 cases out of 148 tests.
• Peru had an additional case, increasing its total to 42 cases out of 1,132 tests.
• Ottawa remains at 78 cases out of 3,517 tests.
• Marseilles remains at 53 cases out of 1,237 tests.
• Sheridan remains at 32 cases (20 among Sheridan Correctional Center inmates) out of 436 tests.
• Somonauk remains at 21 cases out of 564 tests.
• Earlville remains at 17 cases out of 320 tests.
• Seneca remains at 13 cases out of 262 tests.
• Leland remains at 10 cases out of 215 tests.
There have been 14,624 tests taken among La Salle County residents as of Monday, which is 229 more than Sunday's report. Roughly 3.8% of tests have come back positive since the start of the pandemic.
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the La Salle County Emergency Management Agency at 711 E. Etna Road, Ottawa. This testing site is open to all regardless of symptoms. Individuals are required to schedule an appointment by calling 815-433-3366 before arriving on site.