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Downward trend continues with just 14 new COVID-19 cases in DeKalb County Tuesday

The DeKalb County Health Department on Tuesday reported just 14 new cases of the novel coronavirus as positivity rates continued to sink, vaccine distribution increased, and the county experienced the fewest cases reported in months.

There have now been 8,135 cases of COVID-19 in the county and 104 deaths. None of the new cases were reported at a long-term care facility.

The 14 cases is a low start to the new week. During the week of Feb. 2 through Feb. 8, there were 123 cases, the lowest since Sept. 9 through Sept. 14, when there were 67 cases reported in a six-day week. The numbers from Sept. 8, Labor Day, were reported in the week prior due to the holiday.

The positivity rate in Region 1, which runs north to Rockford and west to the Iowa border, rose to 3.9%, up from 3.7%, the lowest its been since Aug. 15, and DeKalb County’s positivity rate dropped to 3.3%.

According to state data, 9,439 doses of the vaccine have been administered to DeKalb County residents, and 2,348 residents, or 2.25% of the county’s 104,143 population, have been fully vaccinated.

By the numbers

Of the new cases, three were in residents 19 or younger, two in their 20s, three in their 30s, three in their 40s, three in their 50s and one in their 80s or older.

There currently are three long-term care facilities in outbreak mode in DeKalb County.

DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DeKalb has reported 126 cases (73 in staff and 53 in residents with nine deaths), Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb has reported 63 cases (31 in staff and 32 in residents with one death) and Bethany Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in DeKalb has reported 110 cases (47 in staff and 63 in residents with 10 deaths).

Some facilities are not designated long-term care by the county but are by the Illinois Department of Public Health. As of Feb. 5, Opportunity House in Sycamore reported 38 cases on the state website during the facility’s second documented outbreak, while Avancer Home in Genoa reported 17 cases and one death, both counts unchanged from the week before.

There have been 1,351 cases in DeKalb County residents ages 19 or younger, 1,893 in their 20s, 1,219 in their 30s, 1,157 in their 40s, 1,032 in their 50s, 701 in their 60s, 400 in their 70s and 382 in their 80s or older.

There have been 61 deaths reported in DeKalb County residents in their 80s or older, 17 in their 70s, 15 in their 60s, six in their 50s, three in their 40s, one in their 30s and one infant.

According to county data, DeKalb has seen between 3,471 and 3,475 cases. There are between 1,651 and 1,655 cases in Sycamore, 751 and 755 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 666 and 670 in Genoa, 371 and 375 cases in Cortland, 211 and 215 cases in Kirkland, 201 and 205 in Hinckley, 181 and 185 in Kingston, 156 and 160 cases in Somonauk, 106 and 110 in Shabbona and Waterman, 96 and 100 in Malta, 61 and 65 in Maple Park, 16 and 20 in Clare, 11 and 15 in Earlville and Esmond and six and 10 in Lee and Leland. Marengo and Rochelle each reports between one and five cases.

The DeKalb County website only lists residents who live within county lines for a municipality, while the Illinois Department of Public Health website lists everyone within a certain ZIP code. Numbers also may vary because of data lags.

The 60115 ZIP code, including DeKalb, had 3,355 cases reported and 50,817 tests administered (a positivity rate of 6.6%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 1,659 cases and 18,421 tests (9%); the 60111 ZIP code, including Clare, reported 19 cases and 200 tests (9.5%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 365 cases and 3,742 tests (9.8%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 657 cases and 5,608 tests (11.7%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 176 cases and 1,516 tests (11.6%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 233 cases and 2,049 tests (11.4%); the 60150 ZIP code, including Malta, had 93 cases and 1,227 tests (7.6%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 289 cases and 2,919 tests (9.9%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 199 cases and 2,115 tests (9.4%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 1,125 cases and 11,163 tests (10.1%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 119 cases and 1,211 tests (9.8%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 101 cases and 1,161 tests (8.7%).

The IDPH reported 1,150,170 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 19,668 people have died statewide. There have been 16,739,500 tests performed to date.

In the latest weekly recovery and testing data released Fridays, there have been 7,342 cases fully recovered in the county, and there have been 102,299 tests run on DeKalb County residents.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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