A LaSalle County teenage girl, a woman in her 20s and a woman in her 60s have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases countywide to 105.
The individuals remain in isolation.
Public health officials are working to identify and investigate all individuals who were in contact with the cases.
The LaSalle County Health Department is not releasing any further information on the cases, citing federal privacy restrictions.
No new recoveries were announced Sunday, keeping the total number of recoveries countywide at 43. The county has had five deaths due to complications related to COVID-19, including a man in his 80s announced Saturday.
There have been 38 confirmed cases in LaSalle County and 13 recoveries in the past week. Of those 38 new cases, at least 30 of those cases can be traced by using ZIP code reporting data to both Marseilles and Ottawa.
As of Sunday, the Marseilles ZIP code area has had 30 confirmed cases of the coronavirus out of 179 tested; the Sheridan ZIP code area has had 16 confirmed cases of 60 tested; Mendota has had 14 confirmed cases of 108 tested; Ottawa has had 12 confirmed cases of 269 tested; and Somonauk has had six cases of 70 tested. Sheridan, Mendota and Somonauk have not reported a new case in the past week.
No other ZIP code area in LaSalle County has had six or more confirmed cases.
An increase in confirmed cases in Marseilles are tied to an outbreak at Aperion Care Marseilles, where 40 probable and confirmed cases were reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health in Friday’s long-term care facility report. The LaSalle County Health Department only reports on confirmed cases, which may create a disparity in the number of cases confirmed by ZIP code and the number of cases reported by the IDPH in its long-term care facility report.
Cases in Sheridan are tied to the Sheridan Correctional Center, where all 12 of the inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered. Five of six staff members have also recovered after testing positive of the coronavirus, but they are only counted in LaSalle County’s coronavirus figures if they reside within the county.
The percentage of LaSalle County’s population that has been tested for COVID-19 continues to improve. On Sunday, 1.5% of the county’s population had been tested for the coronavirus, which is up from 0.91% a week ago. Roughly 0.1% of the county’s population has had a confirmed case of the virus as of Sunday.
As COVID-19 spreads and testing increases, county health officials expect to see cases increase. Illinois is not projected to peak until mid-May so they expect to see additional cases in the coming weeks ahead. People should continue to practice social distancing and not let their guard down. Residents should continue to take measures to decrease the transmission to others.