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DeKalb County reports 38 new COVID-19 cases as region hits failsafe for more mitigations

The DeKalb County Health Department on Monday reported 38 new cases of the novel coronavirus as the positivity rate for the county’s health region continues to climb, which could mean restrictions on indoor activities and gatherings be imposed by Wednesday.

Cases reported Monday represent new local cases of the viral respiratory disease identified in DeKalb County residents over the past three days.

Region 1, including DeKalb, Rockford and Sauk Valley, hit a seven-day rolling positivity rate average of 8% Monday, while the state average is 3.8%.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also began reporting daily county testing data but with a three-day lag. For Friday, DeKalb County had a daily positivity rate of 3.6% with a rolling seven-day positivity average of 6.9%. The county’s daily rate had been 9.2% on Wednesday and seven-day rate had peaked at 7.5% on Sept. 21.

In all, there have been 1,651 cases and 38 deaths, with the most recent death reported Sept. 18 in an infant younger than 1 year old.

Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center added another case, one in a staff member and its ninth overall. Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich remained at 66 total cases, with 13 deaths in residents. DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center remained at seven cases.

New cases included seven in residents 19 or younger, 14 in their 20s, four in their 30s, eight in their 40s, two in their 50s, and three in their 60s.

In total, 279 cases have been reported among residents younger than 20, 503 in their 20s, 219 in their 30s, 206 in their 40s, 175 in their 50s, 108 in their 60s, 74 in their 70s and 87 in their 80s or older.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 851 and 855 cases. There are between 206 and 210 cases in Sycamore; 166 and 170 in Sandwich; 126 and 130 cases in Genoa; 71 and 75 cases in Cortland; 31 and 35 in Hinckley; 26 and 30 in Kingston and Kirkland; 21 and 25 cases in Malta and Somonauk; 11 and 15 in Waterman and Shabbona; and six and 10 in Maple Park. Esmond, Leland and Earlville each report between one and five cases.

Cases listed on the county site are for those only occurring within the county; for instance, the Earlville numbers only count Earlville 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 827 cases reported and 14,441 tests administered (a positivity rate of 5.7%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 215 cases and 5,625 tests (3.8%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 4,018 tests and 244 cases (6.1%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 78 cases and 1,275 tests (6.1%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 120 cases and 1,910 tests (6.3%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 27 cases and 481 tests (5.6%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 34 cases and 685 tests (5.0%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 31 cases and 679 tests (4.6%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 14 cases and 598 tests (2.3%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 44 cases and 965 tests (4.6%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 12 cases and 405 tests (3.0%).

The IDPH reported 289,639 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 8,614 people have died statewide. The number of tests performed rose to 5,520,562. The site also lists statewide recovery rates, calculated by recovered cases divided by the sum of recovered cases and dead cases. The statewide recovery rate remained at 96%.

The county released its weekly testing and recovery data on Friday, with 1,078 total recovered since the pandemic began locally. A total of 33,814 tests have been conducted on residents.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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