The DeKalb County Health Department reported eight new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total cases in the county to 109.
New recovery data provided by the county reports 15 new patients fully recovered from COVID-19 as of Friday. 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. In all, 49 cases have recovered thus far, though one death, a man in his 50s, was reported April 6.
New cases include one patient under 19 years old, bringing the total of such cases to four. There are also 21 cases reported among patients in their 20s, 24 cases each in patients in their 30s and 40s, 20 in their 50s, five in their 60s and 11 in their 70s.
The county data (which differs from the state health department in specificity) showed only DeKalb went up in range in the list of cases by municipality Friday, now with between 41 and 45 cases. Kirkland, Somonauk, Maple Park, Kingston, Esmond, Malta, Shabbona and Hinckley each have between one and five cases. Genoa has between six and 10 reported cases, and Sycamore, Cortland and Sandwich each have between 11 and 15 cases.
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, was dropped from the listing Monday but returned Friday with seven confirmed cases and 70 tests adminstered. The 60115 ZIP code went up to 41 cases and 397 tests, while the 60178 ZIP code has 14 confirmed cases and 196 tests.
A total of 284,688 tests have been performed in the state, with 56,055 confirmed cases and 2,457 deaths.
A Kishwaukee College student was among those who have tested positive, along with a second NIU student who does not live in DeKalb County and is not included in the local count.
The first case in DeKalb County was announced March 21 and the first and only death April 6 of a man in his 50s.
The Northern Illinois Regional Health Department (which the county department is a part of) warned earlier this week it expects the number of cases to rise due to more testing being done. It stated that the cases of COVID-19 have not peaked or plateaued in Northern Illinois.
The regional department said the public can help prevent exposure by staying home, staying apart, cleaning hands for at least 20 seconds and wearing face masks in public.
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