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12 more DeKalb County residents test positive for coronavirus Wednesday; first person in their 80s

The DeKalb County Health Department reported 12 more residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Wednesday, including the county’s first resident in their 80s.

Additional new cases include two more each in their 20s, 30s and 40s, along with five in their 50s, bringing the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the county to 152, with a third of them in the City of DeKalb.

All of the county’s largest municipalities reported new cases Wednesday.

The city of DeKalb is reported to have between 56 and 60 cases, while Sycamore’s count rose to between 21 and 25 cases according to county data. Cortland, Genoa and Sandwich each report between 16 and 20 cases, while Kingston, Kirkland, Esmond, Malta, Maple Park, Hinckley, Shabbona, Somonauk and Waterman each report between one and five cases.

Including the new cases, there are six COVID-19 occurrences in residents under 19, 31 in residents in their 20s, 30 in their 30s, 33 in their 40s, 32 in their 50s, eight in their 60s and 11 in their 70s and one in their 80s.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists cases and tests by zip code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. The 60135 ZIP code, which includes Genoa, has 15 confirmed cases and 101 tests administered. The 60115 ZIP code went up to 56 cases and 521 tests within the past 24 hours, while the 60178 ZIP code has 20 confirmed cases and 254 tests.

As of Wednesday, a total of 68,232 cases have been confirmed statewide, with 2,974 deaths and 361,260 tests performed, according to the IDPH.

Recovery data provided by the county reports 15 new patients fully recovered from COVID-19 as of May 1, bringing the total to 49 reported to have fully recovered so far as of Friday. This information is provided by the county health department once a week. As of May 1, there have also been 879 negative tests (up by 313 from last week) administered in DeKalb County, which has a population of nearly 105,000 according to the 2010 Census.

A Kishwaukee College student was among those who have tested positive, along with a second NIU student who does not live in DeKalb County and is not included in the local count.

The first case in DeKalb County was announced March 21 and the first and only death April 6 of a man in his 50s.

Other data is unknown about the cases in the county, as public health officials and representatives of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital have declined to provide any, citing health privacy laws that prohibit the release of information that could identify the patient.

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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