Despite ten new cases of COVID-19 since last week, Forest Park’s total of 70 cases still leaves the village at a rate lower than several surrounding communities.

According to the Cook County Department of Public Health, as of 7 p.m. on May 4, Forest Park’s rate of infection was 494 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 May 4 at 7 p.m.:

  • River Forest: 34 cases or 304 out of 100,000
  • Maywood: 251 or 1042 out of 100,000
  • Berwyn: 598 cases or 1055 out of 100,000
  • Broadview: 96 cases or 1210 out of 100,000
  • Bellwood: 245 cases or 1285 out of 100,000
  • Melrose Park: 430 cases or 1692 out of 100,000

In Berwyn, Broadview, Bellwood and Melrose Park, more than 1 percent of the population has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the data from the county.

As a whole, the county reported 16,683 cases and 664 deaths as of May 4.

Cook County COVID-19 information can be found at 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.