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Seven new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday in DeKalb County, death toll officially at five

The DeKalb County Health Department reported seven new cases on the novel coronavirus and one new death on Tuesday, the fifth death in the county so far and second one at Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center.

The Daily Chronicle reported on the death Monday but it was not included in the county’s total as it was not reported by noon.

None of the new cases were reported at either Pine Acres or DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, the only two assisted living communities in the county with reported cases. DeKalb Rehab remains at one reported case, a staff member, while Pine Acres has 17 cases among its staff and 40 among its residents.

There were three new cases among patients under 20, two new cases in patients in their 20s, and two new cases among patients in their 30s. There are now 438 total cases in the county.

The total cases in the county include 32 in residents under 20, 102 in residents in their 20s, 85 in residents in their 30s, 68 in residents in their 40s, 64 in residents in the 50s, 28 in their 60s, 29 in their 70, and 30 over 80. The five deaths from COVID-19 in the county include a man and woman in their 50s, a man in his 60s, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 90s.

According to the information on the county site, the city of DeKalb now reports between 236 and 240 cases. Cases in Sandwich are reported between 51 and 55. Sycamore has between 46 and 50 cases, Genoa has between 31 and 35 cases, and Cortland has 21 to 25 cases. 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.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists cases and tests performed by ZIP code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. Numbers vary from state and health departments due to data lags. The 60115 ZIP code (including DeKalb) had 235 cases reported and 2,201 tests administered. The 60178 ZIP Code (including Sycamore) has 46 cases and 862 tests. The 60135 ZIP code (including Genoa) has 29 cases and 359 tests, the 60145 ZIP code (including Kingston) has six cases and 85 tests, and the 60146 ZIP code (including Kirkland) has eight cases and 115 tests.

In total, IDPH reports 122,848 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 5,525 people have died statewide. As of Wednesday, 934,704 tests have been performed. The site also lists statewide recovery rates, calculated by recovered cases divided by the sum of recovered cases and deceased cases. It remained at 92% on Tuesday.

As DeKalb County now looks to Phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, criteria will need to be met on contact tracing – how healthcare professionals track who a COVID-19 positive patient may have exposed and when – and testing capabilities. The county health department now looks to hire a contract tracer to aid the new requirements.

Updated testing information was also released by the county health department on Friday. To date, 4,859 COVID-19 tests have been administered for county residents for a positivity rate of 8.3%, with 4,457 of those tests coming back negative. A total of 179 patients in the county have recovered, an additional 53 recoveries from last week.

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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