A fourth COVID-19-related death in La Salle County was reported for the month of May.
A woman in her 80s died of complications related to COVID-19. Her death is the 472nd COVID-related death in the county since the pandemic started.
La Salle County remained at medium risk status for COVID-19 transmission according to guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC strongly recommends that people at greatest risk or people at high risk in their household consider wearing masks in indoor public places.
Take the following precautions, especially if you have a high risk of serious illness: Talk to your doctor about whether or not to wear a mask and take other precautions (eg testing); have a quick test plan if necessary (eg have home tests or access to tests); talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments such as oral antivirals, PrEP and monoclonal antibodies
If you have household or social contact with a person at high risk for serious illness: Consider self-testing to detect infection before contact; consider wearing a mask when indoors with them; keep up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters; maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces whenever possible; Follow the CDC’s recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including being tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
The Community level is based on these combined indicators. The case frequency / total number of cases in the last seven days was 315.64 / 100,000; new hospital admissions of confirmed COVID-19 in the last seven days were a total of five admissions or 7.1 / 100,000; and the percentage of manned day beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19 within the last seven days was 2.8%. Each of these indicators has risen in the past week from previous week.
In addition, there were 332 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in La Salle County. These cases consist of 22 boys under 13, 24 girls under 13, four teenage boys, 19 teenage girls, 36 men in their 20s, 25 women in their 20s, 38 men in their 30s, 15 women in their 30s, 20 men in 40s, 19 women in 40s, 18 men in 50s, 24 women in 50s, 15 men in 60s, 14 women in 60s, 10 men in 70s, four women in 70s, eight men in their 80s, seven women in the 80s, three men in the 90s, six women in the 90s and one woman in the 100s.
There were 74 previously confirmed cases of COVID-19 which have been released from quarantine.
Regardless of community level, La Salle County Health Department’s isolation recommendations for those who test positive and the vulnerable also remain the same, including masking from days 6 to 10, when isolation / quarantine ends.
La Salle County Health Department schedules all COVID-19 tests online. Access the link at https://hipaa.jotform.com/220026540796151
The La Salle County Health Department encourages everyone 5 years and older to be vaccinated and all eligible persons to receive a booster. Individuals who need to start the COVID-19 vaccination series or a booster can call the La Salle County Health Department at 815-433-3366 to schedule an appointment. The health department has Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer available.
About 57.86% of the population in La Salle County have been fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine; about 61.26% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine and 35,001 doses of vaccine boosters have been administered, according to Illinois Department of Public Health.
Visit to search for available vaccine sites near you https://www.vaccines.gov/.