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Five new coronavirus cases in DeKalb County reported Friday

The DeKalb County Health Department reported five new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, including a third case in a patient under 19 years old.

The number of cases in the county hit 70 a day after the single biggest one day jump in the county so far with eight new cases Thursday. As of last week 31 residents have recovered, though no new recovery numbers have been provided by the county health department since April 17.

Also on Friday, Sandwich became the fifth municipality in the county to reach at least six reported cases. Five municipalities still have between one and five cases – Kingston, Esmond, Malta, Shabbona and Hinckley. Genoa, Cortland and Sandwich have between six and 10 cases, Sycamore has 11 to 15 cases and DeKalb has between 26 and 30 cases according to the county site.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (which differs from the county health department in specificity) indicated 30 confirmed cases in the 60115 zip code with 254 tests performed.The 60178 zip code featured 12 confirmed cases and 141 tests performed.

The state also announced 1,795 deaths on Friday – a jump of 107 from Thursday. There have been 39,659 confirmed cases and 186,219 tests performed.

According to the county site, there are now three confirmed cases in patients under 20, 16 in patients in their 20s, 14 in patients in their 30s, 13 in patients in their 40s, 14 in patients in their 50s, four in patients in their 60s and six in patients in their 70s.

A Kishwaukee College student also tested positive, along with a second NIU student who does not live in DeKalb County.

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 the health privacy laws that prohibit any information be released 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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