By James Kay
An Oak Park woman in her 60s died of COVID-19 in the past week according to Mike Charley, Oak Park's public health director. In addition 35 additional Oak Park residents tested positive for the virus in the past week.
As cases have ticked up in Oak Park recently, Charley has increased his COVID-19 updates to three times weekly.
With the fatality last week, there are now 27 total COVID-19 deaths in Oak Park since March 18. Adding in the 35 new positives, Charley reported that there have now been 431 total COVID-19 cases reported in Oak Park. According to Charley, the 35 Oak Parkers who have contracted coronavirus range in age from under 20 to people in their 80s.
Based on the most recent info provided on the village's website, long-term care facilities in Oak Park have seen little change over this past week. Berkeley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had one additional resident test positive for COVID-19.
Since March 18, two residents and four staff members tested positive for COVID-19 at Belmont Village to go along with two resident fatalities. Berkeley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has had four residents and one staff member test positive for the virus while three residents have died. Brookdale Oak Park has had seven residents and eight staff members test positive for COVID-19 while one resident has died. Oak Park Arms has had six residents and three staff cases along with one resident fatality. Oasis has had 23 residents and six staff members test positive for COVID-19. 11 residents at Oasis have also died due to COVID-related complications.
The village said it cannot release further information regarding any of the cases due to privacy laws.
Based on information that was provided by Natalia Derevyanny, who is the director of communications at the Cook County Bureau of Administration, Cook County has had 4,856 COVID-19 infection deaths. Since last week, Cook County 106 residents have died due to COVID-19 related issues.
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