Always Bad News On Virus? Nope. Check Western Springs Numbers

David Giuliani

WESTERN SPRINGS, 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 Western Springs: The city saw an increase of 5.5 percent in coronavirus cases in the last week. That's the lowest percentage increase since mid-October.

In terms of the raw number of cases, Western Springs also fared well: As of Sunday, the city has seen 709 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. That's an increase of 37 from than the week before. That's better than each of the previous five weeks when increases ranged from 47 to 89.

The number of Western Springs' virus-related deaths remained the same at four, with the last one reported as being on Nov 21. That's a mortality rate of less than 1 percent. All the local deaths have been those who were 58 or older, according to the county medical examiner.

Here is a look at how Western Springs' coronavirus cases have grown:

Date

Western Springs

Suburban Cook

April 12

12

5,512

April 19

14

7,893

April 26

16

11,688

May 3

19

16,356

May 10

24

20,154

May 17

33

23,839

May 24

39

27,573

May 31

42

30,149

June 7

44

31,894

June 14

44

33,057

June 27

47

34,087

June 28

50

35,137

July 5

63

36,242

July 12

83

37,414

July 19

102

38,746

July 26

116

40,439

Aug. 3

127

41,965

Aug. 10

131

43,627

Aug. 16

143

45,797

Aug. 23

154

48,111

Aug. 30

169

50,199

Sept. 6

190

52,973

Sept. 13

203

55,027

Sept. 20

218

56,808

Sept. 27

233

58,868

Oct. 4

243

61,099

Oct. 11

261

63,990

Oct. 18

271

67,825

Oct. 25

281

72,167

Nov. 1

297

76,070

Nov. 8

341

85,935

Nov. 15

430

101,257

Nov. 22

486

113,718

Nov. 29

550

126,550

Dec. 6

625

139,697

Dec. 13

672

151,761

Dec. 20

709

161,592

As of Sunday, Western Springs had 53 coronavirus cases per thousand people, better than most of its neighbors. The figure compares to 46.8 in La Grange Park, 50.6 in Darien, 52.7 in Hinsdale, 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 Western Springs Patch