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DeKalb County reports 16 new coronavirus cases, one new death Wednesday

The DeKalb County Health Department announced 16 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, as well as the death of a resident of Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center.

Eleven of the new cases were at Pine Acres as the county’s toll rose to 68 at the facility. Two more cases were also reported at DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, both among the staff.

Two of the cases were in patients under 20, three in patients in their 30s, one in their 40s, one in their 50s, four in their 70s and five 80 or older.

The total in the county rose to 454 reported cases, and the count in DeKalb, according to the county numbers rose to between 246 and 250 cases. Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health indicated 243 cases in the 60115 zip code, up eight from Tuesday.

The total cases in the county include 34 in residents under 20, 102 in residents in their 20s, 88 in residents in their 30s, 69 in residents in their 40s, 65 in residents in the 50s, 28 in their 60s, 33 in their 70s, and 35 over 80. The six deaths from COVID-19 in the county include a man and woman in their 50s, a man in his 60s, a woman in her 70s and two women in their 90s.

According to the information on the county site, Sandwich and Sycamore are reported to have between 51 and 55 cases. Genoa has between 31 and 35 cases, and Cortland has 21 to 25 cases. Kingston and Hinckley are reported to have between six and 10 cases. Kirkland, Esmond, Malta, Maple Park, Shabbona, Somonauk and Waterman each report between one and five cases.

IDPH lists cases and tests performed by ZIP code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. Numbers vary from state and health departments due to data lags. The 60115 ZIP code (including DeKalb) had 235 cases reported and 2,201 tests administered. The 60178 ZIP Code (including Sycamore) has 50 cases and 914 tests. The 60135 ZIP code (including Genoa) has 31 cases and 369 tests, the 60145 ZIP code (including Kingston) has six cases and 86 tests, and the 60146 ZIP code (including Kirkland) has eight cases and 125 tests.

In total, IDPH reports 123,830 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 5,621 people have died statewide. As of Wednesday, 959,175 tests have been performed. The site also lists statewide recovery rates, calculated by recovered cases divided by the sum of recovered cases and deceased cases. It remained at 92%.

As DeKalb County now looks to Phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, criteria will need to be met on contact tracing – how healthcare professionals track who a COVID-19 positive patient may have exposed and when – and testing capabilities. The county health department now looks to hire a contract tracer to aid the new requirements.

Updated testing information was also released by the county health department on Friday. To date, 4,859 COVID-19 tests have been administered for county residents for a positivity rate of 8.3%, with 4,457 of those tests coming back negative. A total of 179 patients in the county have recovered, an additional 53 recoveries from last week.

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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