For the ninth straight week, Oak Park has had over 100 positive cases of COVID-19. Along with 113 new cases in the village, a 71-year-old woman died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the Oak Park Department of Public Health. 

Since April 2, 45 Oak Park residents have died due to COVID-19 related complications. That is when the OPDPH reported the first fatality in the village. With the latest cases, there have been 1,972 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. 

According to the village, those who tested positive from Dec. 16-22 ranged in age from “less than 20s to 90s.” 

River Forest had 24 new cases of COVID-19 over this past week, according to the village’s database (the age of those who tested positive for coronavirus in River Forest is not listed). 

Oak Park’s rolling 14-day positivity rate went down slightly over this past week and is now at 6.31 percent, according to Northwestern University’s COVID-19 database. It is still averaging 18 new cases a day. 

River Forest’s rolling 14-day positivity rate also had a small dip (now under eight percent) and is averaging 3.9 cases a day. 

The Village of Oak Park didn’t announce any fatalities in long-term care and assisted living facilities. Between Belmont Village of Oak Park, Oak Park Arms, Berkeley Nursing & Rehabilitation, Brookdale of Oak Park and Oasis of Oak Park, there have been 31 resident deaths since the village started reporting how COVID-19 has impacted long-term care and assisted living facilities.

Cook County’s Director of Communications, Natalia Derevyanny, announced on Dec. 21 the county has had 7,694 COVID-19 related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

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