Forest Park now has 82 confirmed cases of COVID-19. One week ago, Cook County reported 70 cases. However, despite the rise in number of cases, Forest Park’s rate of infection is relatively low compared to several surrounding communities.

According to the Cook County Department of Public Health, as of 5:30 p.m. on May 11, Forest Park’s rate of infection was 579 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 11:

  • River Forest: 35 cases or 313 out of 100,000
  • Maywood: 295 or 1,225 out of 100,000
  • Berwyn: 760 cases or 1,341 out of 100,000
  • Bellwood: 285 cases or 1,494 out of 100,000
  • Broadview: 121 cases or 1,525 out of 100,000
  • Melrose Park: 575 cases or 2,263 out of 100,000

In Melrose Park, more than 2 percent of the population has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the data from the county.

As a whole, the county reported 20,475 cases and 856 deaths as of May 11.

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.

Oak Park, which has its own health department, reported 216 cases of COVID-19 as of May 11. With a population of 52,104 as reported on the village website, this is a rate of approximately 415 per 100,000 people.