Always Bad News On Virus? Nope. Check Darien Numbers

David Giuliani

DARIEN, IL — If you think the media are always alarmist about the coronavirus, you may want to keep this story in mind as contrary to your theory.

The last week was good news on the pandemic front in Darien: The city saw an increase of 4.1 percent in coronavirus cases in the last week. That's the lowest percentage increase since September.

In terms of the raw number of cases, Darien also fared well: As of Sunday, the city has seen 1,095 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. That's an increase of 43 more than the week before. That's better than each of the previous four weeks when increases ranged from 81 to 108.

The number of local deaths from the coronavirus stayed the same from the previous week, totaling 14. That works out to less than a thousandth of a percent of Darien's population.

The number of those who have recovered is unavailable.

Here's a look at the number of accumulated cases since the beginning of the crisis:

Date

Darien

DuPage

April 1

15

379

April 12

40

1,165

April 19

47

1,693

April 26

60

2,447

May 3

80

3,663

May 10

83

4,615

May 17

94

5,892

May 24

107

7,063

May 31

113

7,717

June 7

116

8,120

June 14

125

8,434

June 21

131

8,684

June 28

140

8,944

July 5

142

9,315

July 12

147

9,721

July 19

155

10,185

July 26

170

10,880

Aug. 2

184

11,458

Aug. 9

198

12,229

Aug. 16

216

12,880

Aug. 23

229

13,765

Aug. 30

252

14,459

Sept. 6

264

15,296

Sept. 13

280

15,997

Sept. 20

298

16,559

Sept. 27

317

17,435

Oct. 4

325

18,174

Oct. 11

354

19,269

Oct. 18

385

20,715

Oct. 25

413

22,339

Nov. 1

447

24,042

Nov. 8

528

28,230

Nov. 15

653

33,336

Nov. 22

761

38,418

Nov. 29

857

43,445

Dec. 6

957

48,257

Dec. 13

1,052

52,966

Dec. 20

1,095

55,532

Darien's rate of increase of 4.1 percent was less than DuPage County's 4.8 hike in the last week. Both Darien and DuPage County saw increases of 10 percent the week before that. Darien makes up 2.3 percent of the county's population, but only 2 percent of the county's coronavirus caseload.

As of Sunday, Darien had 50.6 coronavirus cases per thousand people, better than most of its neighbors. The figure compares to 46.8 in La Grange Park, 52.7 in Hinsdale, 53 in Western Springs, 58.4 in Clarendon Hills, 59.8 in Elmhurst, 60.2 in DuPage County, 65.4 in Burr Ridge, 65.8 in suburban Cook County and 73 in La Grange (including unincorporated La Grange Highlands).

As of Sunday, Illinois' coronavirus case count increased to 900,370, up 5.8 percent from a week earlier. The coronavirus has claimed the lives of 15,202 state residents.

Nationally, 17.6 million people have caught the virus, up 10 percent from the week before. A total of 315,260 people have died from the virus in the United States.

Read more:

Coronavirus Deaths Top 15,000 In Illinois Amid Vaccine Delays

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This article originally appeared on the Darien Patch