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Nine more COVID-19 cases in DeKalb County Thursday as 42% of cases reported in under 30

The DeKalb County Health Department.on Thursday reported nine new cases of the novel coronavirus, six of them identified in residents under 30.

In addition to two new cases in residents under 20 and four in residents in their 20s, there was one new case in a resident in the 40s and one over 80.

There were no new cases reported Thursday at either Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion or DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Both reported new cases this week, but Willow Crest remains at 59 cases and DeKalb Rehab is at three.

According to county data, almost 42% of coronavirus cases in the county are in residents under 30. Statewide, that number is 31.1% according to state data.

In total, there have been reported 158 cases among residents younger than 20, 343 in their 20s, 185 in their 30s, 152 in their 40s, 146 in their 50s, 85 in their 60s, 63 in their 70s and 71 in their 80s or older.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 576 to 580 cases. There are 171 to 175 cases in Sycamore; 141 to 145 in Sandwich; 96 to 100 cases in Genoa; 61 to 65 cases in Cortland; 26 to 30 in Kirkland and Hinckley; 21 to 25 cases in Kingston; 16 to 20 in Somonauk and Malta; 11 to 15 in Waterman; and six to 10 in Shabbona. Esmond, Earlville 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 between state and health departments because of data lags.

The 60115 ZIP code, including DeKalb, had 553 cases reported and 9,362 tests administered (a positivity rate of 5.9%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 175 cases and 4,126 tests (4.2%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 3,347 tests and 209 cases (6.2%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 60 cases and 896 tests (6.7%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 93 cases and 1,417 tests (6.6%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 24 cases and 367 tests (6.5%) and the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 28 cases and 485 tests (5.8%).

In total, IDPH reported 240,003 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 8,115 people have died statewide. As of Thursday, 4,160,668 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. The statewide recovery remained at 95%.

According to the weekly testing and recovery data released by the county on Friday, an additional 28 residents recovered from the virus last week, leaving 279 cases in the recovery period.

As of Aug. 28, there have been 24,392 tests administered locally. That would be a 4.7% positivity rate according to the county data (total cases divided by positive and negative tests), but a new metric on the county site lists the positivity rate (based on IDPH metrics website) at 5.3%.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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