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DeKalb County reports 48 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday as Heritage Woods of DeKalb enters outbreak mode

A sixth long-term care facility entered outbreak mode on Tuesday, according to information released by DeKalb County Health Department, with Heritage Woods in DeKalb reporting two cases as the county reported 48 new cases of the novel coronavirus overall.

DeKalb County’s case positivity rate rose to 10.8%, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the region’s positivity rate climbed above 15%, over half of what is needed (6.5%) to lift current restrictions on indoor dining and crowd gathering.

DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center each reported one additional case on Tuesday as the total count in the county rose to 2,930 and the deaths remained at 43.

About 16% of the county’s cases of the novel coronavirus have occurred in the last week. There have been 469 new cases since last Tuesday, including by a one-day record of 120 set on Friday. Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital also are on the rise.

Although not listed on the county website, the IDPH lists Opportunity House as a long-term care facility and reports an outbreak of 15 cases.

Prairie Crossing Living and Rehabilitation Center in Shabbona reported four cases (three in staff, one in a resident). Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center remained at two cases (one each in a resident and employee), while Bethany Rehabilitation and Health Care Center reports two cases, both in employees. DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center now reports 15 cases (14 in employees, one resident) and Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center now reports 17 (10 in staff, seven residents).

The county’s seven-day rolling positivity rate rose to a new high of 10.8% according to the most recent available data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The county’s health region, Region 1, began enhanced restrictions earlier this month, with restaurants and bars prohibited from allowing indoor dining. The seven-day rolling positivity average hit a new high of 15.3% on Saturday the last day available due to a three-day data lag.

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, so restrictions will remain until otherwise stated by the IDPH.

By the numbers

Of the new cases in the county Monday, nine were in residents younger than 20, nine in their 20s, seven in their 30s, seven in their 40s, nine in their 50s and five in their 60s

In total, there are 516 cases in residents younger than 20, 828 in their 20s, 418 in their 30s, 414 in their 40s, 368 in their 50s, 202 in their 60s, 119 in their 70s and 113 in their 80s or older.

To date, there have been 26 deaths reported in DeKalb County residents in their 80s, six in their 70s, five in their 60s, three in their 50s, and one each in their 40s and 30s and an infant.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 1,466 and 1,470 cases. There are between 486 and 490 cases in Sycamore, 256 and 260 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 211 and 215 cases in Genoa, 136 and 140 cases in Cortland, 76 and 80 cases in Kirkland, 61 and 65 cases in Kingston, 56 and 60 cases in Hinckley, 36 and 40 in Malta, 31 and 35 in Somonauk, 26 and 30 in Waterman, 21 and 25 in Maple Park and Shabbona, and six to 10 in Esmond. Lee, Leland, Earlville and Clare each report between one and five cases.

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 1,418 cases reported and 24,093 tests administered (a positivity rate of 5.9%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 500 cases and 8,855 tests (5.6%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 5,593 tests and 384 cases (6.9%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 144 cases and 1,971 tests (7.5%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 204 cases and 2,908 tests (7.0%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 61 cases and 789 tests (7.7%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 87 cases and 1,095 tests (7.9%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 55 cases and 1,083 tests (5.1%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 23 cases and 748 tests (3.1%); the 60150 ZIP code, including Malta, had 31 cases and 640 tests (4.8%) the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 81 cases and 1,434 tests (5.6%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 26 cases and 599 tests (4.3%)

The IDPH reported 430,018 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 9,878 people have died statewide. There have been 7,958,856 tests performed.

According to recovery and testing data, 1,191 still are in the recovery period, and 1,494 have fully recovered. Updated testing data has not been available for almost two weeks.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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