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As COVID-19 testing increases, so do local tallies; 11 more cases in DeKalb County Wednesday

As coronavirus testing capabilities increase across the state, the number of confirmed cases is expected to increase with it, health officials have said. And Wednesday, the DeKalb County Health Department reported its highest daily total increase yet: 11 new confirmed cases.

New reported cases include: one person in their 20s, two in their 30s, three in their 40s, three in their 50s, and two in their 70s. The total reported cases in DeKalb County now rises to 95, though 35 are reported to have recovered as of April 24.

At least one of the new cases is in the City of DeKalb, which now is reported to have between 36 and 40 cases.

According to county data (which differs from the state health department in specificity), eight municipalities have between one and five cases – Kirkland, Somonauk, Maple Park, Kingston, Esmond, Malta, Shabbona and Hinckley. Genoa, Cortland and Sandwich have between six and 10 cases, and Sycamore has 11 to 15 cases.

In total, there are three cases in residents under 19 years of age, 20 in their 20s, 21 in their 30s, 21 in their 40s, 17 in patients in their 50s (including one death), five in patients in their 60s and six in patients in their 70s.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists cases and tests by zip code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. As of Wednesday, the 60115 ZIP code has 37 confirmed cases, and 347 tests have been administered, the IDPH reports, while the 60178 zip code has 13 confirmed cases and has administered 180 tests.

Data for the 60135 zip code, which includes Genoa, was removed from the state map Tuesday. On Monday, it was listed with six cases.

The IDPH on Wednesday also reported there are now 50,355 confirmed cases in Illinois, with 2,215 deaths and 256,667 tests performed. In the past 24 hours, 14,478 tests have been performed statewide, according to the IDPH.

A Kishwaukee College student also tested positive, along with a second NIU student who does not live in DeKalb County.

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

The Northern Illinois Regional Health Department (which the county department is a part of) warned earlier this week it expects the number of cases to rise due to more testing being done. It stated that the cases of COVID-19 have not peaked or plateaued in Northern Illinois.

The regional department said the public can help prevent exposure by staying home, staying apart, cleaning hands for at least 20 seconds and wearing face masks in public.

Local recovery and COVID-19 testing data is being reported weekly by the county health department, and as of Monday was posted on the county website. According to the data, 34 of the 95 cases have fully recovered, with 35 cases still within the recovery period and one death, 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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