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Eight more DeKalb County residents test positive for COVID-19; more in Kingston and Sandwich

The DeKalb County Health Department reported eight more residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus Friday, bringing the total number of positive cases to 169, including a second resident in their 80s.

At least two of the new cases are reported to be in Kingston and Sandwich. Updated recovery and testing data for the county is expected later today.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported a record number of COVID-19 tests conducted in a 24-hour period Friday, with over 20,000 tests in a single day.

The city of DeKalb is reported to have between 61 and 65 cases. Sycamore and Sandwich reported between 21 and 25. Cortland and Genoa each report between 16 and 20 cases, while Kingston is reported to have between six and 10 cases. Kirkland, Esmond, Malta, Maple Park, Hinckley, Shabbona, Somonauk and Waterman each report between one and five cases.

Including the new cases, there have been six COVID-19 occurrences in residents younger than age 19, and 35 in residents in their 20s, with 33 in their 30s. There have been 37 cases each in patients in their 40s and 50s, eight in their 60s, 11 in their 70s and two in their 80s.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists cases and tests by zip code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. The 60135 ZIP code, which includes Genoa, has 18 confirmed cases and 111 tests administered. The 60115 ZIP code went up to 61 cases and 588 tests within the past 24 hours, while the 60178 ZIP code has 22 confirmed cases and 283 tests.

As of Friday, a total of 73,760 cases have been confirmed statewide, with 3,241 deaths and 399,714 tests performed, according to the IDPH.

New data released by the Illinois Department of Public Health includes a breakdown of hospital preparedness based on medical service regions which coincide with Gov. JB Pritkzer’s Restore Illinois plan, a phased approach to re-opening businesses and services across the state and allowing public gatherings provided certain criteria are met over a period of time.

In order to move into the next phase and begin reopen measures, DeKalb County (part of the North Central region outlined by the governor’s plan) would need to report daily positive tests of 20% or less of the number of tests being conducted. The county would also would need to go 28 days without an overall increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions, and have at least 14% of all hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators available for surge capacity.

According to the most recent available IDPH data, the North Central region reports a 8.32% positive rate as of Thursday.

Also as of Thursday, 968 out of 2,331 ICU beds (42%) are available across the region, IDPH data shows, and that 41% of hospital beds are available. For ventilators, the region reports a 69% availability (down from 74% Tuesday), with 318 out of 458 not in use.

Recovery data provided by the county reports 15 new patients fully recovered from COVID-19 as of May 1, bringing the total to 49 reported to have fully recovered so far as of Friday. This information is provided by the county health department once a week. As of May 1, there have also been 879 negative tests (up by 313 from last week) administered in DeKalb County, which has a population of nearly 105,000 according to the 2010 Census.

The first case in DeKalb County was announced March 21 and the first and only death April 6 of a man in his 50s.

Other data is unknown about the cases in the county, as public health officials and representatives of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital have declined to provide any, citing health privacy laws that prohibit the release of information that could identify the patient.

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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