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COVID-19 positivity rates continue to rise Wednesday in DeKalb County amid surge

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported cases and positivity rates rose across multiple zip codes throughout DeKalb County as cases continued to surge.

By the numbers

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 1,710 cases reported and 26,661 tests administered(a positivity rate of 6.4%);the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 690 cases and 9,806 tests(7%);the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 6,183 tests and 475 cases (7.6%); the 60111 ZIP code, including Clare, reported nine cases and 119 tests (7.5%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 171 cases and 2,173 tests(7.8%);the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 278 cases and 3,184 tests(8.7%);the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 86 cases and 878 tests(9.7%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 106 cases and 1,217 tests(8.7%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 68 cases and 1,132 tests(6.0%);the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 28 cases and 781 tests (3.5%); the 60150 ZIP code, including Malta, had 38 cases and 705 tests (5.3%)the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 113 cases and 1,577 tests(7.1%);the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 30 cases and 650 tests (4.76%)

The IDPH reported 523,840 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, while 10,434 people have died statewide. There have been 8,664,483 tests performed.

Recovery data was also updated Friday and over 300 residents have recovered in that time. To date, 1,805 DeKalb County residents fully recovered from the virus, up from 1,494 which was last reported.

The county’s health region, Region 1, began enhanced restrictions earlier this month, with restaurants and bars prohibited from allowing indoor dining. 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 in early October, so restrictions will remain until otherwise stated by the IDPH.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the DeKalb County Health Department did not report new COVID-19 case numbers Wednesday because of the Veterans Day holiday. New numbers were updated, and the Daily Chronicle regrets the error.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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