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10 more COVID-19 cases in DeKalb County Wednesday, counts rise in DeKalb, Sandwich

The DeKalb County Health Department reported 10 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total in the county to 352 cases.

There was one new case in a resident under 19, two new cases in residents in their 20s, three in their 40s, and two each in their 50s and 60s.

As of May 22, 126 residents are reported to have fully recovered, and the death toll remains at three. Update recovery numbers are expected every Friday from the county health department.

There were also three new cases reported Wednesday at Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center, which to date has 9 cases linked to it. A second longterm care facility, DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, still reports only one case, in an employee, and though its been linked to 17 possible additional exposures, COVID-19 testing was not administered inside the facility until Tuesday, 12 days after the first case was announced.

According to the information on the county site, the City of DeKalb now reports between 166 to 170 cases. Cases in Sandwich rose to between 51 and 55 cases. Sycamore has between 36 and 40 cases, Genoa has between 26 and 30 cases, and Cortland has 21 to 25 cases. Kingston and Hinckley are reported to have between six and 10 cases. Kirkland, Esmond, Malta, Maple Park, Shabbona, Somonauk and Waterman each report between one and five cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists cases and tests performed by ZIP code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. Numbers vary from state and health departments due to data lags. The 60115 ZIP code (including DeKalb) had 162 cases reported and 1,566 tests administered. The 60178 ZIP Code (including Sycamore) has 39 cases and 696 tests. The 60135 ZIP code (including Genoa) has 28 cases and 314 tests, the 60145 ZIP code (including Kingston) has six cases and 82 tests, and the 60146 ZIP code (including Kirkland) has eight cases and 90 tests.

In total, IDPH reports 114,306 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 5,083 people have died statewide. As of Wednesday, 803,973 tests have been performed. The site also lists statewide recovery rates, calculated by recovered cases divided by the sum of recovered cases and deceased cases. It remained at 92% on Wednesday.

Including the new cases in DeKalb County, there have been 26 COVID-19 occurrences in residents younger than age 19, 87 in their 20s, 71 in their 30s, with 63 in their 40s, 57 in their 50s, 23 in their 60s, 18 in their 70s and seven in residents over 80.

As of Friday, 126 residents are reported to have fully recovered, and the death toll remains at three; two are from patients in the 50s and one in their 60s. As of May 22, 2,841 tests had come back negative in the county. New local recovery and testing data is expected from the county health department every Friday.

The positivity rate of tests in the county is 9.8% as of Friday.

COVID-19 testing is being conducted at Northwestern Medicine health system hospitals and private lab facilities, including through Physicians Immediate Care and the Center for Family Health in Sycamore, which are prioritizing high-risk patients, first responders and health care workers and those experiencing severe symptoms.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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