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An 84-year-old man’s passing on Oct. 25 marks the 13th COVID-19 death within Forest Park residents since the beginning of the pandemic. According to the medical examiner’s office, the man died at Aperion, 8200 Roosevelt Road, from hypoxemic respiratory failure and COVID-19 viral pneumonia. He also suffered from hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

COVID-19 cases in Illinois have been rising, and Forest Park is no exception, with 51 new cases reported last week and a 154 percent increase in confirmed cases over the past 14 days reported on Nov. 6, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH).

As of Nov. 2, the COVID-19 positivity rate for Region 10 (suburban Cook County) had risen to 11.3 percent, well over the 8 percent threshold set by the state and the highest it’s been since at least June 11, the earliest date for which data is available from the state.

Currently, all regions in Illinois are above COVID-19 thresholds set by the state in enough areas that extra restrictions have been instituted.