92 New Coronavirus Cases In Lemont Over Past Week

Andrea Earnest

LEMONT, IL — The number of Lemont's coronavirus cases increased by 92 cases over the past week, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Lemont (ZIP code 60439) has 616 cases of coronavirus reported as of Oct. 26, compared to 524 cases on Oct. 19.

There is no available information regarding the number of patients who are hospitalized or who have recovered per town.

School remains in session for Lemont's public schools. District 113A and Lemont High School both last month with a hybrid approach. District 113A is sharing data on COVID-19 in the schools, including information on the number of staff and students quarantined. The data was last updated on Oct. 23.

There is now a total of 24 students currently quarantined, which is a decrease from the 63 students reported the week before. Seven staff members are also currently quarantined, which is an increase from five staff members who were quarantined the week previous.

There are two positive staff members currently, and one positive students. The total number of positive cases for students and staff since July 1 is 18.

Here is the growth in the coronavirus case numbers for the past several weeks in Lemont. The data comes from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the number of cases reported in ZIP code 60439.

Sept. 18

335

Sept. 28

393

Oct. 5

430

Oct. 12

469

Oct. 19

524

Oct. 26

616

Since testing began, IDPH is reporting a total of 11,319 tests have been performed for ZIP code 60439.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, there have also been nine coronavirus related deaths in Lemont since March 16. The deaths included one woman in her 50s, two women in their 60s, one woman in her 70s, one man in his 60s, one man in his 70s and three women above 80. The most recent death was reported on Oct. 18.

DuPage County Health Department has also reported two coronavirus related deaths in Lemont.

Franciscan Village in Lemont is also currently experiencing an "outbreak," according to the nursing home. The facility continues to do weekly widespread testing and reported 10 new cases on Oct. 23 after the latest round of testing.

According to its website, the facility reported one resident and nine associates have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The resident is a resident in the Mother Theresa Skilled Nursing, the facility said. Three of the associates were direct care workers, one who worked in assisted living and two work in Mother Theresa. The associates last worked on Oct. 9, Oct. 19 and Oct. 20.

Six non-direct care associates also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Visitors to Mother Theresa are currently restricted, but new admissions are now allowed. Indoor visitation is also no longer allowed in the Assisted Living area of the facility, since an associate tested positive.

As of Monday, Illinois' coronavirus case count was 378,985 and the coronavirus has claimed the lives of 9,522 Illinois residents.

The state has also developed resurgence criteria to identify early but significant increases of coronavirus transmission. With the new criteria, the state also developed new emergency management regions, and Lemont, as part of suburban Cook County, is now part of region 10. New mitigations will begin for Cook County on Wednesday, which will include the shutdown of indoor dining and bar service.

According to IDPH, as of data available on Oct. 26, region 10 has a test positivity rate of 7.7 percent. Hospital availability for region 10 has 26 percent of medical-surgical beds available and 32 percent of ICU beds available.

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