SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Health Department recorded the second new coronavirus in the last six days on Tuesday, pushing the total count to 37, including one death reported April 6.
The new case, according to county data, is a City of DeKalb resident in their 30s.
It continues the week-long trend of lower reporting numbers even with a rise in statewide testing, though area public health officials have said not enough testing is being done locally.
One case was reported on Sunday in addition to the new case Tuesday. They are the only new cases reported after April 8. In the city of DeKalb, there are between 16 and 20 cases (up from Monday’s range), 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), nine 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.
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.
In DeKalb County, the IDPH indicates 19 cases in the 60115 zip code and nine in the 60178 zip code, although the county health department has reported case location by range in municipalities.
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that the statewide death toll has risen to 868, with 23,247 cases now reported. There have also been 110,616 tests administered.
A Kishwaukee College student also tested positive, along with a second NIU student who does not live in DeKalb County.
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.
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