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A day after registering its single-day highest case total — 22 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed Tuesday among La Salle County residents, as well as the county's 21st death from complications related to the virus.
A La Salle County man in his 90s was the county's third death from complications related to COVID-19 this week. Two other deaths, a man and a woman both in their 80s, who were confirmed to be part of a COVID-19 outbreak at Heritage Health Mendota, were announced Monday.
Two boys younger than 13, a girl younger than 13, a teenage boy, a teenage girl, two men in their 20s, three women in their 20s, three women in their 30s, three women in their 40s, three men in their 50s, a woman in her 50s, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 60s each tested positive for COVID-19.
With Tuesday's announcement, there are 292 active cases in La Salle County. There have been 579 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There were seven individuals who previously tested positive released from isolation Tuesday, increasing the total number of individuals released from isolation to 266.
Monday, La Salle County tallied 47 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 26 new cases in the Mendota ZIP code area alone. On Tuesday, three new cases were tallied among Mendota residents, increasing its total to 109 cases out of 1,074 tests since the start of the pandemic.
According to ZIP code data from the IDPH website (numbers can lag a few days), since Monday's report:
• Streator had seven more confirmed cases, increasing its total to 69 cases out of 2,286 tests since the beginning of the pandemic.
• La Salle had five more cases, increasing its total to 43 cases out of 1,515 tests.
• Marseilles had an additional case, increasing its total to 54 cases out of 1,243 tests.
• Oglesby had an additional case, increasing its total to 26 cases out of 443 tests.
• Grand Ridge had an additional case, increasing its total to 11 cases out of 150 tests.
• Ottawa remains at 78 cases out of 3,557 tests.
• Peru remains at 42 cases out of 1,142 tests.
• Sheridan remains at 32 cases (20 of them inmates at Sheridan Correctional Center) out 439 tests.
• Somonauk remains at 21 cases out of 574 tests.
• Earlville remains at 17 cases out of 324 tests.
• Seneca remains at 13 cases out of 264 tests.
• Leland remains at 10 cases out of 218 tests.
• Utica remains at six cases out of 177 tests.
No other ZIP code areas within La Salle County have registered six or more confirmed cases as of Tuesday.
There have been 14,803 coronavirus tests taken by La Salle County residents, which is 179 more than was reported Monday. The percentage of tests that have come back positive since the beginng of the pandemic is 3.9%.
County health officials 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, officials said.
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.