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24 new COVID-19 cases in DeKalb County over past three days

The DeKalb County Health Department on Monday announced 24 new cases of the novel coronavirus in county residents, including 17 in residents under 30.

Total cases in the county rose to 1,160 while the death toll remained at 35 after the county reported two deaths on Friday, the last day the county reports numbers.

There were no new cases at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich, which remains the only long-term care facility still in outbreak mode, according to the health department, with 57 cases linked to the facility and 12 deaths in residents.

Among the new cases, two were in residents younger than 20, 15 in their 20s, one in their 30s, two in their 40s, two in their 50s and two in their 70s.

Of the cases in the county, 40.2% have been in residents under 30, and cases among residents in the 20 nearly outnumber the next two highest age groups combined. Statewide, just 30.8% of cases have been in those under 30.

In total there have been 149 cases reported in residents younger than 20, 317 in their 20s, 182 in their 30s, 150 in their 40s, 144 in their 50

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 536 to 540 cases. There are 166 to 170 cases in Sycamore; 136 to 140 in Sandwich; 96 to 100 cases in Genoa; 61 to 65 cases in Cortland; 21 to 25 cases in Hinckley, Kirkland and Kingston, 16 to 20 in Somonauk and Malta; 11 to 15 in Waterman; and six to 10 in Shabbona. Esmond, Earlville and Maple Park each report one to 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 between state and health departments because of data lags.

The 60115 ZIP code, including DeKalb, had 521 cases reported and 9,139 tests administered (a positivity rate of 5.7%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 171 cases and 4,018 tests (4.3%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 3,298 tests and 207 cases (6.3%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 58 cases and 876 tests (6.6%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 91 cases and 1,383 tests (6.6%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 22 cases and 352 tests (6.3%) and the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 26 cases and 472 tests (5.5%).

In total, IDPH reported 235,023 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 8,026 people have died statewide. As of Friday, 4,064,161 tests have been performed. The site also lists statewide recovery rates, calculated by recovered cases divided by the sum of recovered cases and dead cases. The statewide recovery remained at 95%.

According to the weekly testing and recovery data released by the county on Friday, 28 more residents recovered from the virus last week, leaving 279 cases in the recovery period.

As of Friday, there have been 24,392 tests administered locally. That would be a 4.7% positivity rate according to the county data (total cases divided by positive and negative tests), but a new metric on the county site lists the positivity rate (based on IDPH metrics website) at 5.3%.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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