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Nine more DeKalb County residents test positive for COVID-19; count rises in City of DeKalb

SYCAMORE – After a record-breaking rise in positive cases Tuesday, Wednesday’s count grew by less than half, as nine more DeKalb County residents were reported positive for COVID-19.

The DeKalb County Health Department reported the total case count for the novel coronavirus rose to 225 in the county.

The state of Illinois also saw its deadliest day yet, with 192 more deaths reported the past 24 hours. No new deaths in DeKalb County were reported Wednesday, though two men have died locally due to complications from COVID-19.

Wednesday’s count is less than half of Tuesday’s reported record, when 23 new cases were announced, a product in part of increased testing availability in Rockford and Aurora, said the county health department in a statement.

New cases included one resident under 19, four residents in their 20s, three residents in their 30s, one in their 50s. Case counts rose Wednesday in the City of DeKalb, which is reporting between 81 and 85 cases.

In total, 68 have recovered as of Friday, and two residents have died.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists cases and tests by ZIP code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. The 60135 ZIP code, which includes Genoa, has 23 confirmed cases and 150 tests administered. The 60115 ZIP code went up to 76 cases and 792 tests, while the 60178 ZIP code has 28 confirmed cases and 354 tests.

As of Wednesday, a total of 84,698 cases have been confirmed statewide, with 3,792 deaths and 489,359 tests performed, according to the IDPH.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb is reported to have between 81 and 85 cases. Sandwich has between 31 and 35 cases. Sycamore has between 26 and 30 cases, Genoa has between 21 and 25 cases, and Cortland has between 16 and 20. Kingston and Hinckley are reported to have between six and 10 cases. Kirkland, Esmond, Malta, Maple Park, Shabbona, Somonauk and Waterman each report between one and five cases.

Including the new cases, there have been 12 COVID-19 occurrences in residents younger than age 19, 49 in their 20s, 48 in their 30s, with 46 in their 40s, 44 in their 50s, 11 in their 60s, 13 in their 70s and three in their 80s or older.

The two deaths reported in the county were both men; one a resident in his 50s, announced April 6, and one in his 60s, announced Saturday.

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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