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Seven more in DeKalb County test positive for coronavirus Sunday, all in their 40s or younger

SYCAMORE – Following the second reported COVID-19 related death in DeKalb County Saturday, seven more residents have tested positive for the viral respiratory disease Sunday, bringing the total count to 184 cases locally.

New cases rose in at least DeKalb and Sandwich, according to county data, and include one more resident under 19, and several in their 40s or younger, according to the DeKalb County Health Department. Of the positive cases, a total of 68 have fully recovered as of Friday.

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

The identity of the resident is not being released to protect the privacy of the family, according to a statement by the county health department.

Including the new cases, there have been eight COVID-19 occurrences in residents younger than age 19, and 37 in residents in their 20s, with 38 in their 30s. There have been 39 cases each in patients in their 40s and 50s, nine in their 60s, 12 in their 70s and two in their 80s.

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 19 confirmed cases and 125 tests administered. The 60115 ZIP code went up to 64 cases and 657 tests, while the 60178 ZIP code has 22 confirmed cases and 299 tests.

As of Saturday, a total of 77,741 cases have been confirmed statewide, with 3,406 deaths and 429,984 tests performed, according to the IDPH.

Data from the county health department released Friday afternoon also shows that a total of 1,562 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in DeKalb County (which has a population of around 105,000 according to the 2010 Census) to date. As of Friday, 1,393 of those tests have come back negative, and 68 residents are reported to have fully recovered (up from 49 last week).

The city of DeKalb is reported to have between 66 and 70 cases. Sandwich has between 26 and 30 cases. Sycamore and Genoa each report between 21 and 25. Cortland reports between 16 and 20 cases, while Kingston is reported to have between six and 10 cases. Kirkland, Esmond, Malta, Maple Park, Hinckley, Shabbona, Somonauk and Waterman each report between one and five cases.

The first case in DeKalb County was announced March 21 and the first death April 6 of a man in his 50s.

Other data is unknown about the cases in the county, as public health officials and representatives of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital have declined to provide any, citing health privacy laws that prohibit the release of information that could identify the patient.

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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