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The cities of Ottawa and Streator each saw double-digit new confirmed cases in Thursday's Illinois Department of Public Health [IDPH] novel coronavirus report, while Thursday's La Salle County Health Department [LCHD] report confirmed 54 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 recoveries in the county.
Per the LCHD data, there are currently 518 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in La Salle County.
The new cases in Thursday's LCHD report included eight people in their 70s or older — a woman in her 100s, five women in their 90s, a man in his 80s and a man in his 70s. Additional county residents diagnosed with the novel coronavirus included six women and five men in their 60s, six women and one man in their 50s, seven women and one man in their 40s, six women and six men in their 30s, four women and one man in their 20s, two boys in their teens and one boy under the age of 13.
The county's running total of confirmed cases since mid-March reached 882, with two previously-reported cases transferred to other counties' tallies after the sufferers were found to live outside of La Salle County's boundaries. There have been 336 documented recoveries and 28 known deaths related to COVID-19.
To date, 18.089 coronavirus tests have been issued to county residents.
Since Wednesday's report, the Illinois Department of Public Health's ZIP code data has been updated as follows (these numbers sometimes lag behind the LCHD's daily reports):
• Ottawa had 19 additional confirmed cases, increasing its running total to 146 since the start of the pandemic.
• Streator had 13 more cases, increasing its total to 137 cases.
• La Salle had six new cases, raising its total to 72 cases.
• Marseilles had five new cases, lifting its total to 67 cases.
• Mendota had five more confirmed cases, increasing its running total to 195.
• Peru had an additional two cases confirmed, elevating its total to 49 cases.
• Utica had one additional case, raising its total to eight cases.
• Sheridan had one additional case, raising its total to 35 cases.
• Oglesby had one additional case, raising its total to 34 cases.
• Somonauk remained at 27 cases.
• Earlville remained at 18 cases.
• Seneca remained at 15 cases.
• Grand Ridge remained at 14 cases.
• Leland remained at 10 cases.
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the La Salle County Emergency Management Agency at 711 E. Etna Road, Ottawa. This testing site is open to all, regardless of symptoms. Individuals are required to schedule an appointment by calling 815-433-3366 before arriving on site.