The man in La Salle County, 60s, dies of COVID-19 complications – Shaw Local
The man in La Salle County, 60s, dies of COVID-19 complications – Shaw Local

The man in La Salle County, 60s, dies of COVID-19 complications – Shaw Local

A man in La Salle County in the 60s died of complications related to COVID-19.

His death is the fourth COVID-related death this month in La Salle County. There have been 465 COVID-19-related deaths in La Salle County since the beginning of the pandemic.

In addition, there were 76 new COVID-19 cases confirmed since April 8th. The new cases were a boy under 13, two girls under 13, a teenage boy, two teenage girls, three men in their 20s, six women in their 20s, five men in their 30s, six women in their 30s, three men in their 40s, five women in their 40s, five men in their 50s, four women in their 50s, six men in their 60s, eight women in their 60s, two men in their 70s, four women in the 70s, five men in the 80s, five women in the 80s, one man in the 90s and two women in the 90s.

There were 80 COVID-19 cases released from isolation since April 8th.

La Salle County’s societal level is low based on these combined indicators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Case rate / total cases (last seven days) was 81.9 per. 100,000; new hospital admissions of confirmed COVID-19 (last seven days through April 14) were a total of four admissions or 3.3 per. 100,000, and the percentage of staffed day beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19 (last seven days) was 0.7%.

Regardless of community level, the recommendations for isolation for those who test positive and the vulnerable remain the same, isolation and quarantine, including masking from day 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.

Go to https://www.vaccines.gov/ to search for vaccine sites.

There have been 57.9% of La Salle County’s population fully vaccinated for COVID-19; 61.75% of the county’s population with at least one dose of vaccine and 34,215 booster shots administered per April 15, according to Illinois Department of Public Health.

The IDPH issued a warning Thursday that the number of cases of COVID-19 is slowly rising in many areas of the state, and members of the public should pay close attention to the conditions in their communities and keep abreast of their vaccination status.

“While admissions and deaths linked to COVID-19 remain stable at present, we are seeing a slow increase in cases in many areas of the state,” said acting IDPH director Amaal Tokars. “This is a reminder that we all need to be vigilant and keep up to date on our vaccination status. This is especially important for those at higher risk for serious outcomes.”

Tokar’s stressed vaccination is the most effective tool to fight the virus.

Illinois’ stock of tests has been replenished, with more than 1.5 million quick tests on hand, and half a million more on the way. In addition, hospitals, schools and long-term care facilities have been urged to take steps to increase their current testing capacity.

The state also supports pharmacies and health care providers in an effort to increase their stocks of the various FDA-authorized treatments in the event of another increase. IDPH advises providers to assess their patients quickly, within five days of the onset of symptoms, following a COVID-19 diagnosis to determine if they are eligible for treatment.

IDPH also reminds the public of the recent guidance from the CDC, which approved a second booster dose for certain segments of the population at least four months after the first booster dose. This includes adults over the age of 50 and people who are immunocompromised – those with a poor ability to fight infections – older than 12 years.

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