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One new coronavirus case reported in DeKalb County, brings total to 36

SYCAMORE – One new coronavirus case, a person in their 40s, was reported on Easter Sunday, bringing the total confirmed cases locally to 36, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.

Sunday marks the first day since Wednesday that new cases were announced, after a three-day lull in reported cases.

Lisa Gonzalez, public health administrator, said that three days in a row without a newly reported case isn’t too abnormal.

“If you look at counties our size or smaller you see patterns where you’ll have some days without them, then more will show up,” Gonzalez said. “Part of it is in lab reporting and how much testing you do in a community and what’s able to be reported back to us. You’ve heard me say before that lab tests that come through, labs are only mandated to report positives to us.”

Due to the reality of waiting on the lab results to update the numbers, Gonzalez said there may be stretches with no new reported cases like this before they peak back up.

“It’s a little unpredictable,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously it has to with the testing being done and how much. It’s not a secret that there’s not as much testing being done as we would like. But I assure you the labs are still reporting. There will be a couple lower days before we see more activity.”

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 Illinois Department of Public Health announced Sunday that the statewide death toll has risen to 720, with 20,852 cases now reported. There have also been 100,735 tests administered.

The IDPH indicates 19 cases in the 60115 zip code and nine in the 60178 zip code.

In the City of DeKalb there are between 11 and 15 cases, while Sycamore has between six and 10 cases, according to the county health department. Malta, Cortland, Esmond, Sandwich, Shabbona 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), eight in their 30s, 12 in their 40s, six 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 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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