175 Oak Parkers test positive for COVID-19 in past week

Five resident deaths reported at Berkeley Nursing

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By James Kay

Staff Writer

The COVID-19 related deaths of five residents of the Berkeley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 6909 North Ave., were reported this week by the Oak Park Department of Public Health. The residents, four women and one man, ranged in age from 58 to 90.

The village's report placed the deaths at Berkeley between Nov. 6 and Nov. 20 but noted that the cases had not been reported "when they occurred." Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, Berkeley has had 46 residents test positive for COVID-19, 11 resident deaths and four staff cases.

COVID-19 continued to make its way through Oak Park last week as 175 residents tested positive since Nov. 18, according to the public health department. With the latest cases, Oak Park has had 1,521 residents test positive for COVID-19 since March 18, when the OPDPH started reporting cases.

River Forest had 24 residents test positive for COVID-19 over this past week. The village reported 20 new cases on Nov. 22, the highest single-day total it has had since the pandemic started. 

According to Northwestern University's COVID-19 database, Oak Park's 14-day rolling average positivity rate is at 8.15 percent while River Forest is at 9.81 percent (as of Nov. 24). 

Since the start of the pandemic, other long-term care facilities in Oak Park have reported both positive tests for residents and staff. Brookdale of Oak Park has had nine residents test positive for COVID-19 along with 18 staff members. They have had one resident death, according to the village's website. 

Belmont Village of Oak Park had one staffer test positive for COVID-19 this week, totaling 19 staff cases overall since March 18. Belmont also has also had six resident cases and four resident deaths. Oak Park Arms has had six resident and four staff cases while one resident has died. Oasis of Oak Park has had 23 resident cases, 11 staff cases and 12 resident deaths. 

Cook County's Director of Communications, Natalia Derevyanny, announced on Nov. 23 the county has had 6,241 COVID-19 related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

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William Dwyer Jr. from Oak Park  

Posted: November 28th, 2020 9:55 AM

The problem with people gathering inside restauants for meals is - and please correct me if this isn't the case - is that humans all have to take off their masks to eat and drink.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: November 27th, 2020 11:25 AM

Jeffrey Smith when it comes to taxes, those taxes is what keeps a town supported with all of everything a town needs. When taxes are then spent on other projects, that is where wonderful ideas can become problems and also deplete the original tax based to keep a town running. The latest plan without clarification is to spend tax payer money on private businesses to build tents and not only build tents, also make them decorative to entice more people to come to dine. The basic idea is to make tents and the food or enjoying a restaurant is the purpose. It is a private business and if the plan is to spend tax payer money then there should be a way to return a benefit from it so the taxes go back into the fund that is required to keep the town supported so taxes do not need to be increased to make up for a project with all of the decorations for businesses. When there is a demand, there will always be a business. As for the way big government lets big business get away from sharing their part of taxes, that is up to the people who run big government. When social programs are eliminated to lower debt which was caused by borrowing from the Federal Reserve which is a private institution, then social programs are dropped which hurts the population and they are never brought back with any new President, although that is how they lower the debt. Lots of money was taken from the Federal Reserve to put into the economy, and it raised the debt. That is possibly why during Trump, the economy soared on borrowed money which created a large debt which China buys the paper. Check around for a mask made in the U.S.A., and let me know if you find one after 4 years. Rich will stay rich so at least at the local level there is some control if you expect local leaders to act responsible with tax money

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: November 27th, 2020 10:48 AM

There is nothing, no issue, no human crisis, no national or world catastrophe, that the tax hating monomaniacs who populate these pages can't make about Oak Park's taxes. These are the pismires who rebel against the idea of shared responsibility, of the common good, in any aspect of society and who, despite their whining, are only too happy to avail themselves of Social Security, Medicare, tax funded police and fire, streets, sanitation, water and - of course - obscene tax cuts for the rich and corporations. THAT kind socialism they just adore. Do they mind when companies like Apple offshore their profits to avoid paying taxes in the country that made their success possible? They do not. Do they screech when the Trump Crime Family robs the Treasury and squanders millions of tax payer dollars on their private pleasures? They do not. Do they object when billions designated to fight Covid goes to the wealthy instead of small businesses and folks who have lost their jobs in the pandemic? They do not. But, hey, they've been voting for Trumpism, whose ardent supporters now think we fought on the wrong side in WWII, that white supremacy is admirable, and that we really ought to give fascism a try. They aren't patriots, they're not even Americans. In their longing for a monarchy or a dictatorship, they're pawns of the rich who think they're aristocracy and will destroy their own freedoms while the vote to take away other people's freedoms. Like the deluded Covid patients who deny the disease exists as they lay dying from it, these whiny babies don't even know how to vote for their own, actual best interests. They'd be pitiable, if they weren't so undeserving of anything but contempt.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: November 26th, 2020 10:29 PM

Bruce Kline, when I am in doubt, I will always go with the smartest person in the room who makes the most sense and is able to provide links. In this room, you have provided thoughts and links. When it comes to the Village, well that is something that is rather obvious how things always end up having tax payers pay for it. Never is there a total gross take from what tax payers pay for or is there a net return. I am not even sure when politicians run on government clarity, if that is what they mean. I figure I would put two thoughts in one comment

Bruce Kline  

Posted: November 26th, 2020 10:13 PM

Bill. Your seemingly simple " ... I still do not think the government knows enough about this virus ...' is very insightful. Because posts such as mine and others are fraught with varying degrees of uncertainty - as one of my key references points out (ref #4). Hey how could it be otherwise? A pandemic by a virus previously unknown; only eight months of data, does not make for scientific certainty. Anyone who speaks in absolute certain terms in regard to this virus is a fool.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: November 26th, 2020 8:50 PM

Larry Skiver I will go along with what Bruce Kline has written. I never was a Sheep, since that could get you in to serious problems, although your idea of people being led like Sheep by the government is a bit overboard on your thinking and I still do not think the government knows enough about this virus although the good news is there appears the drug makers are getting closer to developing a vaccine

Bruce Kline  

Posted: November 26th, 2020 7:54 PM

As near as we can tell the infectious mortality ?" as opposed to the case mortality (as William has clearly confused the two as he cites Covid case mortality vs influenza infectious mortality) ?" of Covid19 is likely five times (not 10 to 20 times) that of influenza (1-3). Furthermore, if one breaks down the infectious mortality in age groups, some of those groups approach the infectious mortality of influenza. The major difference of course ?" one that has an enormous effect on hospital bed utilization ?" is that the Rnaught (Ro, reproduction number, an index of contagiousness) for Covid is likely 2.5, whereas for influenza 1.3. This will result over time in an enormous difference in Covid infections and concomitant hospital admissions (many more) as opposed to influenza infections regardless of mortality differences. Second, if by airborne transmission one means aerosol transmission, then we know that influenza ?" as well as many other respiratory viruses ?" are in fact transmitted by aerosols but only to a minor degree. By far and away the major mode of transmission of influenza is via respiratory droplets ? not aerosols. This also is likely the scenario with Covid19. In fact, viruses with known and proven aerosol transmission as their major route of infectivity have reproduction numbers ?" Rnaught ?" of 15 - 18 or more. Measles is one such example. Our best estimate of Rnaught for Covid19 is 2.5 ?" 3. So it is highly unlikely that aerosol transmission is the major mode of infectivity (4). 1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/planning-scenarios.html 2.https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-19509-y 3. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2017-2018.htm#table1 4. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2768396

Larry Skiver  

Posted: November 26th, 2020 7:06 PM

Bill. Of course you don't want to go to a restaurant that doesn't follow mask wearing. Thie question still remains on recovery. Nobody wants to answer the question. Quit focusing on the gloom part. If a restaurant wants to remain open and follows the rules of 6 feet and wears masks then what's the problem. You're a sheep and follow what ever jelly belly says. Grow a set for Pete's sake. Are you people going to be led down the road of socialism. It starts out innocent enough then bam. You're standing in a line for food. Living off the government teet. Wise up America.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: November 26th, 2020 2:33 PM

Larry Skiver your thinking is just like a person I know. I tried to explain that you do not want the virus and he thinks he had it although never verified and continues to go to a restaurant that the owners do not wear a mask. The last time he in the restaurant, he said the owner looked like he was ready for a coffin and could hardly get out a few words. Now of course the restaurant should be closed down although that will not happen. What will happen is the owner and family will spread the virus to other patrons who believe just like you do. To say the least, I was upset with the person I know because he did not inform me that he was recently in contact with the owner and he said he already had covid, which was not verified by a doctor and he also said he can not get it again or spread it. What he did is like having sex with a person and not say he has aids. He is a serious risk to others and the best I can hope for is that I did not contract the virus. Although if you do Larry, I am sure it will be just a mild case and you will be better after a weekend in Walter Reed Hospital with the best care and latest medicines

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: November 26th, 2020 1:49 PM

Right, Skiver. Those 88,000 people in ICUs are such Debbie Downers. Stick to garage work and let the CDC assess pandemics.

Larry Skiver from Oak Park  

Posted: November 26th, 2020 1:44 PM

Again I'll ask gloom and dumors. How many people have recovered or partially recovered from Covid. How many people have prolong damage quit talking about the gloom and doom of COVID. Can't you people ever think of something positive to think about why must it always be gloom and doom tax and spend with you people get your heads out of your behind and do something positive and feel positive about life instead of always feeling in the dumper.

Terry Stanton  

Posted: November 26th, 2020 1:34 PM

L Skiver: Apart from the general wrongness of likening COVID to the flu, you should educate yourself about what "recovery" from COVID means. Surviving it is not the same as being fine after a week or two. For many, symptoms last for prolonged or indefinite time, and some have permanent damage.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: November 26th, 2020 1:13 PM

The fact is the only things Covid-19 has in common with influenza are they're both viral respiratory diseases spread largely through the air. But the death rate from Covid is 15 to 20-plus times that of the flu. The 12.5 million Covid cases in US so far have caused 262,000 deaths (2.1 percent) versus, in the worst flu season in recent years, 2017-2018, just 61,000 deaths in 45.0 million cases - 0.136 percent.

Larry Skiver from Oak Park  

Posted: November 26th, 2020 11:14 AM

I know that COVID-19 is a menace but so is the flu. Why all the in your face stats? Why all the positive's and not how many people have recovered? We don't shut down the country because of flu season. Why are we because of covid? Many businesses will close because of covid. Unemployment will rise. It's a sad situation.

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