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Niles home to most COVID-19 deaths among Cook County suburbs, majority reported in nursing homes, data shows

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Chicago Tribune
by Jennifer Johnson

The village of Niles has experienced the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths among Cook County suburbs, the latest data available from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office shows.

As of May 19, the medical examiner had reported 74 COVID-19-related deaths in Niles since March 16, making it the suburb with the largest number of deaths caused by the virus, a review of the data shows.

Nearly three-fourths of the deaths reported in the village have occurred within Niles nursing homes, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

IDPH data shows that as of May 15, 49 COVID-19-related deaths had been reported within six long-term care facilities in Niles. These facilities reported a total of 236 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The highest number of deaths for a single facility — 21 — occurred at Niles Nursing and Rehab Center, which had 127 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of May 15, according to the IDPH.

Messages left last week with an administrator of Niles Nursing and Rehab were not returned.

Niles Village President Andrew Przybylo said the village has been “completely in support of the governor’s initiatives” to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and has provided nursing facilities with personal protective equipment donated to the village by various companies.

Przybylo said he has not heard of any Niles nursing facilities experiencing shortages of this equipment.

“We have been available to them whenever they needed us to be,” Przybylo said. He acknowledged that because the village does not have a department of public health, it is limited in what it can do to stop the spread of the virus within long-term care facilities.

The Cook County suburb with the second highest number of COVID-19-related deaths is south suburban Oak Lawn, which reported 65 as of May 19, according to the medical examiner’s data. Greater Des Plaines, which includes cases within unincorporated areas with Des Plaines addresses, had experienced 63 deaths related to COVID-19 since March 16, the data shows.

As of May 19, greater Des Plaines continued to have the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among area suburbs, followed by Skokie and Niles, according to data from the Cook County and Skokie Departments of Public Health.

The Cook County suburb with the largest number of COVID-19 cases is Cicero, which reported 2,158 as of May 19, according to Cook County health department data.

The following shows the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 related deaths reported by the Cook County Medical Examiner within 17 North and West suburban Cook County communities in the Pioneer Press coverage area as of May 19. The data also includes a comparison to the number of cases and deaths reported a week earlier on May 12.

• Des Plaines: 1,199, up from 1,054; 63 deaths

• Skokie: 698, up from 592 (as of May 18); 22 deaths

• Niles: 610, up from 535; 74 deaths.

• Evanston: 579, up from 499; 30 deaths.

• Glenview: 397, up from 343; 27 deaths

• Elmwood Park: 324, up from 286; 16 deaths.

• Franklin Park, 276, up from 223; 8 deaths.

• Oak Park: 249, up from 216 (as of May 18); 14 deaths

• Park Ridge: 248, up from 203; 28 deaths.

• Morton Grove: 224, up from 199; 10 deaths.

• Northlake: 186, up from 144; 3 deaths.

• Norridge: 169, up from 152; 18 deaths.

• Lincolnwood: 136, up from 125; 22 deaths.

• Harwood Heights: 101, up from 91; 5 deaths.

• River Grove: 87, up from 70; 2 deaths.

• Rosemont: 41, up from 36; 0 deaths.

• River Forest: 37, up from 36; 0 deaths.

Updated Cook County health department data can be found at ccdphcd.shinyapps.io/covid19.

Twitter: @Jen_Tribune



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