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Record number of new coronavirus cases in DeKalb County Tuesday with 23 more reported

SYCAMORE – Just like the state of Ilinois Tuesday, the DeKalb County Health Department reported a new record number of confirmed coronavirus cases, with 23 new ones, bringing the total of positive cases to 216.

The department released a statement with the new results, saying an influx of tests results is due to reports from state-contracted labs in Rockford and Aurora.

“This influx of new results will result in a higher-than-normal confirmed COVID-19 case counts for the local health departments throughout the region that had residents tested at those locations,” the statement read. “We know this has been a stressful time for those awaiting results and are glad that the information is now in the hands of the local health departments.”

New cases included two residents under 19, eight residents in their 20s, three residents in their 30s, five residents in their 40s, three residents in their 50s and two residents in their 60s.

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 21 confirmed cases and 145 tests administered. The 60115 ZIP code went up to 73 cases and 760 tests, while the 60178 ZIP code has 28 confirmed cases and 332 tests.

As of Tuesday, a total of 83,021 cases have been confirmed statewide, with 3,601 deaths and 471,691 tests performed, according to the IDPH. The 4,014 new cases were a single-day record for the state.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb is reported to have between 76 and 80 cases. up from the 66-70 range on Monday. 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 11 COVID-19 occurrences in residents younger than age 19, and 45 each in residents in their 20s and 30s, with 46 in their 40s, 43 in their 50s, 11 in their 60s, 13 in their 70s and two in their 80s.

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.

According to newly updated Restore Illinois data which tracks testing, hospital and medical supply availability in regions to determine whether certain businesses and services throughout the state can begin to reopen, DeKalb County’s region remains within certain criteria to move forward to Phase 3 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan at the end of May.

Illinois is in Phase 2 of the five-phase plan. In particular, the North Central Region (which includes DeKalb County) is reporting an 8.96% positive rate, falling under the threshold for positive cases, which must be 20% or less than the number of tests performed for a 14-day consecutive period. According to IDPH data, the region has been tracking that way since May 1.

In order to move to Phase 3, the region would also need to go 28 days without an overall increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions, and have at least 14% of all hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators available for surge capacity.

The region reports 41% of ICU beds are available and 62% of ventilators are available as of May 9, the most recent available data.

Other criteria to move forward to Phase 3, however, such as robust testing and contact tracing, are still unclear, as no guidelines have yet been laid out on metrics from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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