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For the second day in a row, three new COVID-19 cases reported in DeKalb County Thursday

The DeKalb County Health Department reported three new cases of the novel coronavirus in the county on Thursday as total cases reached 557.

The death toll remains at 18, with the majority connected to Pine Acres, which reports 12 deaths, 54 cases in residents and 23 in staff.

DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center still reports three cases, and Bethany Rehabilitation and Health Care Center has two. Both long-term care facilities are reporting cases among staff and not residents. It’s unknown whether any recoveries are linked to long-term care facilities.

There was one new case each in residents in their 40s, in their 50s and over 80. In total, 48 residents younger than 20 have tested positive, 129 in their 20s, 103 in their 30s, 87 in their 40s, 74 in their 50s, 39 in their 60s, 37 in their 70s and 40 older than 80.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 301 and 305 cases and there are between 66 to 70 cases in Sycamore, 56 to 60 in Sandwich, 41 to 45 cases in Genoa, 31 to 35 cases in Cortland, 11 to 15 cases in Hinckley, and six to 10 cases in Kirkland Kingston and Somonauk. Esmond, Malta, Shabbona, Waterman and Maple Park each report one to five cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists cases and tests performed by ZIP code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. Numbers vary from state and health departments because of data lags.

The 60115 ZIP code (including DeKalb) had 297 cases reported and 3,694 tests administered. The 60178 ZIP Code (including Sycamore) had 69 cases and 1,469 tests. The 60112 ZIP code (including Cortland) had 29 cases and 339 tests. The 60135 ZIP code (including Genoa) had 39 cases and 544 tests, the 60145 ZIP code (including Kingston) had seven cases and 127 tests, and the 60146 ZIP code (including Kirkland) had nine cases and 187 tests.

In total, IDPH reported 139,434 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 6,810 people have died statewide. As of Monday, 1,460,527 tests have been performed. The site also lists statewide recovery rates, calculated by recovered cases divided by the sum of recovered cases and dead cases. It remains at 94%.

According to information released Friday, 330 residents countywide have fully recovered from the viral respiratory disease as of Friday, New recovery numbers are expected at the end of the week. As of Friday, out of the total 9,198 tests performed on DeKalb County residents, 8,662 tests came back negative for a positivity rate of 5.8%.

DeKalb County is now expected to enter Phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan on Friday. Criteria needed to move forward includes on-contact tracing – how health care professionals track who a COVID-19 positive patient may have exposed and when – and testing capabilities.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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