The DuPage County Health Department’s daily COVID-19 update of Jan. 3 reported there have been 60,630 total cases of the coronavirus, including 976 deaths, in DuPage County residents since March.

At press time, the DuPage Department of Health report-ed the following number of COVID-19 cases in our readership communities as follows: Addison 3,806, Bensenville 1,846, Elmhurst 3,095, Lombard 3,108, Oakbrook Terrace 189, Villa Park 1,882, and Wood Dale 1,223.

The good news is Elmhurst Hospital reports that 72 inpatients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were discharged as of Wednesday, Dec. 30. Since March 24, a total of 1,203 patients have been discharged.

The DuPage County Health Department’s latest COVID-19 information is posted on its website at dupagehealth.org.

The county’s first death related to the coronavirus was reported on March 19, 2020. According to the county health department’s Jan. 3 update, there were 14 COVID-19 related deaths in DuPage County in March, 206 in April, 209 in May, 94 in June, 34 in July, 18 in August, 23 in September, 47 in October, 165 in November and 164 in December.

As of Jan. 3, about 58 percent (569) of the county’s 976 COVID-19 related deaths involved residents 80 and older. Another 231 deaths involved residents in the 70-79 age group, while 113 deaths involved residents in their 60s. Over 93 percent of the county’s COVID-19 related deaths (913 of 976), therefore, involved residents 60 and older.

As of Jan. 3, the county health department reported 34 COVID-19 related deaths involving residents in their 50s. There were 19 deaths related to the coronavirus involving residents in their 40s, and nine such deaths involving residents in their 30s. There has been one COVID-19 related death of a county resident in the 20-29 age group. The county has not reported any deaths related to the coronavirus in residents 19 and under.

The Jan. 3 COVID-19 update from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 979,821 total cases of the coronavirus in state residents, including 16,755 deaths. About 48 percent (7,985) of those 16,755 statewide deaths related to COVID-19 involved residents of Cook County. The IDPH report from Jan. 3 stated there have been nearly 13.5 million tests performed in the state, which has a total population of about 12.67 million.

According to the IDPH update from Jan. 3, nearly half of the state’s COVID-19 related deaths (8,297 of 16,755) involved residents and staff of long-term care facilities. The IDPH reported about 65,000 total cases of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. Those facilities, while accounting for about half of the COVID-19 deaths in Illinois, account for less than 7 percent of the total COVID-19 cases in the state.

The IDPH update from Jan. 3 states that 583 of DuPage County’s COVID-19 related deaths have involved residents and staff of long-term care facilities. The state health department’s figures from Jan. 3 note that 4,652 of the county’s more than 60,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus involve residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

While the DuPage County Health Department’s update of Jan. 3 reports 976 deaths related to the coronavirus in county residents, the IDPH update from Jan. 3 reports 981 COVID-19 deaths in residents of DuPage County. Both health departments note that their figures are provisional and subject to change.

The IDPH’s latest COVID-19 related updates are available online at dph.illinois.gov/covid19.

The IDPH has not reported the total number of deaths in the state during 2020. According to the IDPH, there were 108,937 total deaths in Illinois—an average of more than 9,000 per month—in 2019. There were 110,012 total deaths in the state in 2018, and 109,726 total deaths in Illinois in 2017.

According to the IDPH, there were 6,397 total deaths in DuPage County residents—an average of more than 530 per month—in 2019. There were 6,444 total deaths in county residents in 2018, and 6,305 total deaths in 2017.

About 75 percent of the total deaths in Illinois (81,649 of 108,937) in 2019 involved residents 65 or older. There were 46,534 deaths in the 65-84 age group in Illinois in 2019, along with 35,115 deaths among residents 85 and older.

About 80 percent (5,129) of the 6,397 total deaths in DuPage County in 2019 involved residents 65 and older. There were 2,628 deaths in the 65-84 age group and 2,501 deaths in residents 85 and older.

 

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