The summer season’s spike in COVID-19 is continuing into fall. Just one day after this year’s autumnal equinox, the village of Oak Park reported Sept. 23 that 60 more residents have tested positive for the virus.

While that number is technically a decrease from the 61 positive cases reported by the village Sept. 15, one fewer case is neither an encouraging nor substantial reduction.

The people in newest batch of cases range in age from children younger than four to adults in the octogenarian set. Nearly half the cases are residents under 19, including more than 40 percent in children under 12 and therefore ineligible for vaccination, according to the village.

Roughly 69 percent of Oak Park’s population is fully vaccinated with 73 percent having received one dose of a two-dose vaccination series, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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