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Four more DeKalb County residents test positive for coronavirus, including Kingston's first case

Four more DeKalb County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus according to reports from the DeKalb County Health Department on Friday, bringing the total in the county up to 48, including the first case reported in Kingston and more in the City of DeKalb.

Half the new cases were patients in their 70s, bringing the total of that group up to six.

The two other new reported cases include a patient in their 20s and one in their 50s. The county also reported the number of cases in the City of DeKalb was up to between 21 and 25, according to location data.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 24 cases in the 60115 zip code, up four from yesterday. There were still nine in the 60178 zip code.

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

Sycamore has between six and 10 cases, according to the county health department. Malta, Cortland, Esmond, Sandwich, Shabbona, Genoa, Kingston and Hinckley each have between one and five cases.

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.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday that the statewide death count reached 1,134 with 27,575 cases and 130,163 tests administered. Friday marks the highest daily reported number of Illinoisans tested positive for the viral disease so far.

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 and the first death on April 6.

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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