PALOS, IL — October is officially behind us, but COVID-19, not so much. The pandemic has been upon us for over seven months and cases continue to rise here in Illinois.
Indoor dining at restaurants in nearly every region in Illinois was put on pause last week, as state public health officials announced new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Indoor service at bars and restaurants in suburban Cook County are now off-limits, all outdoor eating or drinking has to stop by 11 p.m. and gatherings are limited to a maximum of 25 people.
This action marks the first time the additional mitigation measures are applied to suburban Cook County. Similar restrictions are already in place in Regions 7 and 8, including DuPage, Kane, Kankakee and Will counties.
Johns Hopkins University and Medicine reports there have been a total of 46,509,232 COVID-19 cases around the world— as of Nov. 1. Over nine-million of those cases are here in the United States.
As of Oct. 30, Cook County has had a total of 76,070 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. Cook has also reported 2,062 deaths since the start of the pandemic, and a 9.2 percent test positivity rate in the last week.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Palos Hills lead the three communities with 687 coronavirus cases, followed by Palos Heights with 507, and Palos Park reporting 247.
For the reporting period ending Oct. 24, Palos Heights had 43 cases marking a 43.2 percent increase in confirmed cases, followed by Palos Hills with 35 new cases (45 percent). Palos Park had 24 cases in the past week, marking a 13.9 percent increase, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. Numbers are updated every Wednesday.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 650 cases have been reported in Alsip, and 323 in Crestwood. The county health department reported 49 new cases in Alsip and 19 in Crestwood over the past 14 days. Both communities showed increases of 33,8 percent in Alsip, and 36.4 cases in Crestwood, for the reporting period ending Oct. 24, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. Numbers are updated every Wednesday.
Across suburban Cook County, the positivity rate and the rate of hospital admissions has been rising sharply. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported that there are 3,294 people across Illinois in the hospital for COVID-19 or are under investigation. About 14 percent of hospital beds are being occupied by these patients and 692 of these patients are in the ICU, as of Oct. 31.
Illinois occupies a total of 5,702 ventilators and the IDPH reports 21 percent of COVID patients in hospitals are on ventilators. IDPH said 77 percent of the state’s ventilators are available.
The Cook County Department of Public Health has reported COVID-19 statistics for different groups of people.
Cases By Race/Ethnicity
In suburban Cook, the public health department reports case rates per 100,000 people to