On April 19, the Pritzker administration released numbers related to COVID-19 cases and deaths in each long-term care facility in the state. According to a Chicago Tribune article, the data shows “at least 189 long-term care facilities in 22 counties reporting at least one case. In all, at least 1,860 cases can be tied to nursing homes, with 286 deaths. That’s nearly a fourth of all coronavirus deaths reported in Illinois.”

The information is available online from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) at dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19.

Aperion Care Forest Park at 8200 Roosevelt Rd. is reported as having five confirmed cases and one death related to COVID-19.

According to the Cook County Department of Public Health, as of April 19 there were “96 Congregate settings, such as long-term care facilities or nursing homes, with one or more confirmed cases.”

The IDPH website has 104 congregate homes listed with at least one case, though the discrepancy could be due to the fact that, as the Cook County website says, “all numbers are provisional and subject to change.”


Cook County continues tracking COVID-19 cases

Cook County COVID-19 information can be found at ccdphcd.shinyapps.io/covid19/ and includes all cases under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Department of Public Health. It excludes Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie, and Stickney Township.

As of 4:30 p.m. on April 19, Forest Park was reported as having a total of 50 positive COVID-19 cases, a rate of 353 cases per 100,000 people.

The rate is essential in order to put into perspective how widespread the illness is since populations vary significantly from municipality to municipality

Other nearby towns, listed by rate per 100,000 people, are below. The data is current as of April 19 at 4:30 p.m.:

  • River Forest: 17 cases or 152 out of 100,000
  • Broadview: 32 cases or 403 out of 100,000
  • Berwyn: 243 cases or 429 out of 100,000
  • Maywood: 128 or 531 out of 100,000
  • Melrose Park: 153 cases or 602 out of 100,000
  • Bellwood: 158 cases or 828 out of 100,000

Another website at maps.cookcountyil.gov/medexamcovid19/ lists deaths related to COVID-19 by municipality. As of April 19, Forest Park had two, one on March 30 and one on April 6. Both deceased were males.