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Breaking: 120 more DeKalb County residents with COVID-19 Friday as cases blow past 24-hour record

DeKalb County blew past its 24-hour COVID-19 case record Friday (the previous record was broken Thursday), as the DeKalb County Health Department announced 120 more residents tested positive for the viral respiratory disease.

The state of Illinois also recorded over 95,000 tests in the past 24 hours.

The total case count rose to 2,728, as the county continues to surge throughout October, a month that’s recorded nearly 25% of all local COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. In the past two weeks alone, there have been 658 cases recorded in the county, accounting for 24.1% of all local cases identified in the county since the pandemic began seven months ago.

No new deaths were reported Friday, following Thursday’s death of an 80-year-old DeKalb County man, not connected to any long-term care facilities. The death toll remains at 43.

Of the new cases in the county Friday, 23 were in residents younger than 20, 33 in their 20s, 20 in their 30s, 16 in their 40s, 19 and 50s, seven in their 60s, one in their 70s, and one in their 80s or older.

No new cases reported Friday were linked to any long-term care facilities, according to the health department.

The county’s seven-day rolling positivity rate dipped below rose slightly to 9.9% according to the most recent available data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, which reports positivity rates with a three-day lag.

The county’s health region, Region 1, began enhanced restrictions earlier this month, with restaurants and bars prohibited from allowing indoor dining. Region 1, which includes DeKalb, the Sauk Valley area and Rockford, reported a seven-day rolling test positivity rate of 13.2% as of Oct. 27, since IDPH data is three days behind.

The region needs three days in a row of a rolling average of less than 6.5% to have the restrictions lifted. The region’s rate has not dropped below 8% since mitigations went into effect, so restrictions will remain until otherwise stated by the IDPH.

By the numbers

In total, there are 468 cases in residents younger than 20, 771 in their 20s, 380 in their 30s, 380 in their 40s, 330 in their 50s, 177 in their 60s, 113 in their 70s and 109 who are 80 or older.

Although not listed on the county website, the Illinois Department of Public Health lists Opportunity House as a long-term care facility and reports an outbreak of 15 cases.

Prairie Crossing Living and Rehabilitation Center in Shabbona reported four cases (three in staff, one in a resident). Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center remained at two cases (one each in a resident and employee), while Bethany Rehabilitation and Health Care Center reports two cases in employees, DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center reports 13 (12 in employees, one resident) and Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center also reports 13 (seven in staff, six residents).

To date, there have been 26 deaths reported in DeKalb County residents in their 80s, six in their 70s, five in their 60s, three in their 50s, and one each in their 40s, 30s and an infant.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 1,311 and 1,315 cases. There are between 411 to 415 cases in Sycamore, 241 to 245 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 181 to 185 cases in Genoa, 121 and 125 cases in Cortland, 66 to 70 cases in Kirkland, 56 to 60 cases in Hinckley, 51 to 55 cases in Kingston, 36 to 40 in Malta, 31 and 35 in Somonauk, 26 and 30 in Waterman, and 21 to 25 in Maple Park and Shabbona. Esmond, Leland, Earlville and Clare each report between one and five cases.

Cases on the DeKalb County website list residents that only live within the county lines for a municipality, while the state website lists everyone within a certain ZIP code. Numbers also may vary because of data lags.

The 60115 ZIP code, including DeKalb, had 1,274 cases reported and 22,631 tests administered (a positivity rate of 5.6%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 437 cases and 8,293 tests (5.2%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 5,414 tests and 361 cases (6.6%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 133 cases and 1,874 tests (7%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 183 cases and 2,683 tests (6.8%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 51 cases and 742 tests (6.8%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 78 cases and 1,049 tests (7.4%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 53 cases and 997 tests (5.3%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 20 cases and 736 tests (2.7%); the 60150 ZIP code, including Malta, had 30 cases and 611 tests (4.9%) the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 74 cases and 1,372 tests (5.3%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 25 cases and 581 tests (4.3%).

The IDPH reported 402,401 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 9,711 people have died statewide. There have been 7,637,209 tests performed.

According to recovery and testing data released weekly by the county on Oct. 23, 921 are still in the recovery period and 1,364 have fully recovered. Updated testing and recovery data is expected Friday.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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