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DeKalb County hits largest single-day increase yet, with 40 new COVID-19 cases Friday

DeKalb County reported its largest single-day increase of novel coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, as the DeKalb County Health Department announced 40 more cases of the viral respiratory disease Friday while positivity rates continued to rise.

The county also announced 21 new recoveries, as 1,179 residents have recovered from the illness. There have been 35,280 tests run on DeKalb County residents to date.

New cases were reported in all but one age bracket Friday.

According to the Illinois Public Health Department’s daily county testing data, which is on a three-day lag, DeKalb County had a rolling positivity rate of 8.2% on Tuesday, the seventh straight day without a decrease after a single-day positivity rate of 10.8% in the county.

The county’s health region began enhanced restrictions Saturday, with restaurants and bars prohibited from allowing indoor dining for at least two weeks. Region 1, which includes DeKalb, Sauk Valley and Rockford, reported a seven-day rolling test positivity rate of 8.8%. After a 14-day monitoring period, 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.

The death count in the county remains at 41 and total cases rose to 1,903.

Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion remained at 68 total cases and 14 deaths. No new cases were reported in the other three long-term care facilities listed on the county website, Prairie Crossing Living and Rehabilitation Center in Shabbona, Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb, DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DeKalb.

The Illinois Department of Public Health website lists Opportunity House, 357 N. California St. in Sycamore, as having two cases reported, but that information is not listed on the county website.

According to the county health department, four new cases were reported in residents under 20, eight were in their 20s, 10 were in their 30s, three were in their 40s, nine were in their 50s, three were in their 60s, and three were in their 70s.

In total in the county, 322 cases have been reported among residents younger than 20, 553 in their 20s, 259 in their 30s, 258 in their 40s, 209 in their 50s, 125 in their 60s, 88 in their 70s and 89 in their 80s or older.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 986 to 990 cases. There are between 256 to 260 cases in Sycamore; 181 and 185 in Sandwich; 131 and 135 cases in Genoa; 81 and 85 cases in Cortland; 36 to 40 in Hinckley and Kirkland, 31 and 35 in Kingston; 26 and 30 in Somonauk and Malta; 16 to 20 in Waterman; and 11 and 15 in Shabbona and Maple Park. Esmond, Leland, Earlville and Clare each report between one and five cases.

Cases listed on the county site are for those only occurring within the county; for instance, the Maple Park numbers only count residents who reside in DeKalb County.

The IDPH 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 954 cases reported and 16,792 tests administered (a positivity rate of 5.7%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 257 cases and 6,401 tests (4.01%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 4,360 tests and 271 cases (6.2%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 87 cases and 1,442 tests (6.0%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 130 cases and 2,122 tests (6.1%).

The 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 32 cases and 569 tests (5.6%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 49 cases and 801 tests (6.1%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 35 cases and 766 tests (4.6%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 15 cases and 625 tests (2.4%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 48 cases and 1,092 tests (4.4%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 18 cases and 472 tests (3.8%).

The IDPH reported 313,518 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 8,945 people have died statewide.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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