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Five new COVID-19 cases in DeKalb County on Wednesday, count up to 42

SYCAMORE – After a six-day stretch with two total new cases of coronavirus, the DeKalb County Health Department reported five new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total in the county to 42, including a death on April 6.

The new cases were a patient in their 30s, one in their 40s and three in their 50s. At least one of the new cases was in Genoa, according to zip code data from the county health department..

It ends the week-long trend of lower reporting numbers even with a rise in statewide testing, though area public health officials have said not enough testing is being done locally. The highest single-day tally in the county so far is seven.

In the City of DeKalb, there are between 16 and 20 cases while Sycamore has between six and 10 cases, according to the county health department. Malta, Cortland, Esmond, Sandwich, Shabbona, Genoa and Hinckley each have between one and five cases.

The total countywide case count includes one person under 19, five in their 20s (including a Northern Illinois University student), 10 in their 30s, 13 in their 40s, nine in their 50s (including a reported death of a man in his 50s), and four in their 70s.

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

The DeKalb County Health Department does not report the number of tests administered, though the Illinois Department of Public Health does. Neither health department reports the number of those recovered.

In DeKalb County, the IDPH indicates 19 cases in the 60115 zip code and nine in the 60178 zip code, although the county health department has reported case location by range in municipalities.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that the statewide death toll has risen to 948, with 24,593 cases now reported. There have also been 116,929 tests administered.

Limited testing is being conducted at Northwestern Medicine health system hospitals and private lab facilities across the state, which are prioritizing high-risk patients and those experiencing severe symptoms.

The first case in DeKalb County was announced March 21.

Little else is known 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.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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