For the first time in over two months, Oak Park had less than 100 residents test positive for COVID-19 in a week’s span. From Dec. 23-28, 85 residents tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the Oak Park Department of Public Health. 

Those who tested positive this week range in age from “less than 20 into their 80s,” according to the village’s website. 

The village also reported that a 78-year-old woman died after testing positive for COVID-19. She was a resident at Belmont Village of Oak Park, which is a long-term care facility. 

With this latest fatality, Belmont has had six resident deaths, 17 resident cases and 27 staff cases; Berkeley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has had 11 resident deaths, 47 resident cases, and 27 staff cases; Brookdale Oak Park has had two resident deaths, 11 resident cases, and 22 staff cases; Oasis of Oak Park has had 12 resident deaths, 23 resident cases and 12 staff cases; while Oak Park Arms has limited its resident fatalities to one with eight residents and four staff members testing positive. 

After averaging 17 new cases per week, Oak Park is now averaging 10 cases a week, according to Northwestern University’s COVID-19 database. The village now has a 5.33 percent 14-day rolling positivity rate.

River Forest had 15 new COVID-19 cases this past week. Its 14-day rolling positivity rate is at 6.18 percent but is only averaging three new cases a week now.  

Oak Park rounds out the year with 2,097 reported cases of COVID-19. Cook County Director of Communications Natalia Derevyanny announced on Dec. 28 that the county has had 7,995 COVID-19 related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

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