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Confirmed coronavirus case count in DeKalb County exceeds 100 Thursday

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in DeKalb County has exceed 100, with six new cases announced by the DeKalb County Health Department.

The county reported one new case in a patient in their 20s, one in their 30s, two in their 40s, one in their 50s and one in their 70s. The total count as of Thursday is 101.

Cortland and Sandwich saw an increase in reported cases according to the county, with now 11 to 15 reported cases in each municipality, the same as Sycamore.

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 has between six and 10 cases, and DeKalb has between 36 and 40 cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists cases and tests by zip code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. As of Thursday, the 60115 ZIP code has 39 confirmed cases, and 378 tests have been administered, the IDPH reports, while the 60178 zip code has 14confirmed cases and has administered 189 tests.

The state also announced there have been 2,355 deaths and 52,910 cases so far in the state, with 269,867 tests performed.

In total in DeKalb County, there are three cases in residents under 19 years of age, 21 in their 20s, 22 in their 30s, 23 in their 40s, 18 in patients in their 50s (including one death), five in patients in their 60s and nine in patients in their 70s.

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 101 cases have fully recovered, with 35 cases still within the recovery period and one death, a man in his 50s. Updated recovery data is expected to be reported Friday.

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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