According to information on the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) website, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Forest Park, as in all of suburban Cook County, has been trending upward for the past several weeks.

Forest Park has had a 70 percent increase in confirmed cases over the past two weeks when compared to the two weeks before that, as reported by the CCDPH on April 6.

In total since the start of the pandemic, the village has seen 1,138 cases of the virus, with 18 new cases reported last week.

No COVID-19 related deaths among Forest Park residents have been reported since Feb. 9.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) “is monitoring key indicators to identify early but significant increases of COVID-19 transmission in Illinois, potentially signifying resurgence,” according to the IDPH website on April 6. “IDPH will monitor if these indicators show an increase in the COVID-19 disease burden with a simultaneous decrease in hospital capacity. These indicators can be used to determine whether additional community mitigation interventions are needed for a region to control the further spread of COVID-19.”

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