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La Salle County will remain in the state's orange warning level for COVID-19 Risk Metrics for a third consecutive week, the La Salle County Health Department said Friday in its daily coronavirus report, which also announced the county saw 139 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, 78 additional recoveries from the virus and the county's 111th COVID-related death.
"Until La Salle County can get a handle on the number of new cases being identified each week and slow the community spread that is occurring, La Salle County will continue to be at risk for remaining at the orange warning level," the LCHD said.
"To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, residents are urged to stay home as much as possible and celebrate upcoming holidays with members of their household. Illinoisans over the age of two years are required to wear a face covering when out in public and social distancing is not easily achievable."
The 139 new cases — including a man in his 90s, three women and a man in their 80s, two women and four men in their 70s, one woman and eight men in their 60s, 15 women and 14 men in their 50s, 14 women and 10 men in their 40s, 11 women and 13 men in their 30s, nine women and 13 men in their 20s, six girls and seven boys in their teens, and two girls and five boys younger than age 13 — bring the county's running total to 5,317.
The 78 new recoveries elevate that total to 2,845.
The deaths of men in their 80s both Thursday and Friday bring the COVID-related death total to 111.
There are currently 2,361 known La Salle County residents with active COVID-19 cases.
On Tuesday, which has the latest data available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, 17.2% of 1,098 La Salle County residents tested positive for the virus, the second straight day it has been under 20%. From Nov. 11 to 17, La Salle County has had a test positivity rate of 19.5%. The county exceeded 20% positivity four of those seven days.
The IDPH's ZIP code data (which sometimes lags behind county numbers) report, with increases since Thursday, shows:
• Ottawa up 38 to 1,041
• Peru up 20 to 623
• Mendota up 19 to 611
• Sandwich, also in DeKalb County, up 15 to 572
• La Salle up 14 to 606
• Streator, also in Livingston County, up 13 to 903
• Oglesby up 8 to 253
• Earlville up 8 to 95
• Sheridan up 6 to 167
• Seneca up 6 to 139
• Marseilles up 5 to 373
• Somonauk, also in DeKalb County, up 4 to 131
• Utica up 4 to 98
• Lostant up 4 to 36
• Leland up 3 to 63
• Wenona, also in Marshall County, up 3 to 44
• Grand Ridge up 1 to 51
• Ransom up 1 to 20
• Cedar Point remained at 13
• Tonica remained at 41
• Serena remained at 19
• Millington, also in Kendall County, with a case transfer fell 1 to 26