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14 more local COVID-19 cases reported Friday; local cases exceed 400 but nearly half recovered

The DeKalb County Health Department reported 14 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, with four of those coming from Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center.

The total number of local cases of the viral respiratory disease exceeded 400 Friday, and the county now reports 402 total cases, though about half to date have fully recovered.

Updated testing information was also released by the county health department on Friday. To date, 4,859 COVID-19 tests have been administered for county residents for a positivity rate of 8.3%, with 4,457 of those tests coming back negative. A total of 179 patients in the county have recovered, an additional 53 recoveries from last week.

There were no further positive tests reported at DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center Friday, county public health administrator Lisa Gonzalez told the Chronicle. Though the longterm care facility has been linked to 17 possible additional exposures from a single confirmed case in an employee announced May 15, COVID-19 testing was not administered inside the facility until Tuesday, 12 days after the first case was announced.

Pine Acres’ count rose to 44 cases. No new deaths were announced at any longterm care facilities or in the county Friday, and the death toll remains at four.

Statewide numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health are expected later Friday.

The total cases in the county include 27 in patients under 20, 94 in patients in their 20s, 78 in patients in their 30s, 65 in patients in their 40s, 59 in patients in the 50s, 27 in patients in their 60s, 26 in patients in their 70s, and 26 in patients over 80. There remain four deaths from COVID-19 in the county.

According to the information on the county site, the City of DeKalb now reports between 201 and 205 cases. Cases in Sandwich are reported between 51 and 55. 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.

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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