Although the positivity rate in Region 10 has been declining over the past few days, it's still above the 12 percent threshold set by the state as one of the metrics used to determine what tier of mitigations are necessary. | Graph from the IDPH website

An 80-year-old woman who died on Nov. 26 and a 73-year-old man who died on Nov. 29 are Forest Park’s 15th and 16th COVID-19 victims.

As of Nov. 30, Forest Park has had a total of 688 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to information from the Cook County Department of Public Health’s website. Last week, 76 new cases were reported.

Currently, all of Illinois is in Tier 3 mitigations. To move back down to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must experience the following:

  • Less than a 12 percent positivity rate on a seven-day rolling average for three consecutive days,
  • 20 percent or greater available intensive care unit and hospital bed availability,
  • and declining COVID hospitalizations in seven out of the last 10 days, on a seven-day rolling average.

In Illinois’ Region 10, of which Forest Park is a part, the positivity rate on a 7-day rolling average has been steadily declining since Nov. 20, when it was at 15 percent. On Nov. 26, it was down to 12.6 percent but still above the 20 percent threshold set by the state as one of the metrics looked at when deciding what mitigation tier a region should be in.

Hospital beds were looking good in the region when, on Nov. 27, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported the region as having three consecutive days over the 20 percent threshold for ICU beds and 11 consecutive days over the threshold for medical beds.

And while on Nov. 29 the region was reported as having five days of hospitalization increases on a 7-day rolling average, the numbers had been trending downward for several days.