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Six new coronavirus cases in the county, half in patients in their 20s

Six more DeKalb County residents tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday according to the DeKalb County Health Department, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 54.

Three of the new cases were in people in their 20s. The other three new cases were patients in their 50s.

Sycamore jumped in number of cases, according to county data. In the six to 10 range on Friday, the data from the county indicated there were 11 to 15 cases Saturday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 22 cases in the 60115 zip code and 11 in the 60178 zip code.

The total countywide case count includes one person under 19, 11 in their 20s (including a Northern Illinois University student), 10 in their 30s, 13 in their 40s, 13 in their 50s (including a reported death of a man in his 50s), and six in their 70s.

According to location data from the county health department, DeKalb has between 21 and 25 reported cases. Malta, Cortland, Esmond, Sandwich, Shabbona, Genoa, Kingston and Hinckley each have between one and five cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Saturday that the statewide death count reached 1,259 with 29.160 cases and 137,404 tests administered.

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 and the first death on April 6.

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.

The county health department also released for the first time Friday afternoon numbers of recovered and negative reported lab tests.

As of Friday, there have been 403 laboratory tests conducted on DeKalb County residents which came back negative for the viral disease, according to county health numbers. Of the 48 total cases, 31 have fully recovered as of 4:20 p.m. Friday, leaving 16 cases in the recovery period locally.

The report also notes that data is subject to change, since the number of negative tests may be higher than reported as laboratories are not required to report those results.

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.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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