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Six new COVID-19 cases Tuesday as Kirkland, Maple Park, Somonauk report first cases

Three new municipalities reported their first case of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday according to information released by the DeKalb County Health Department as six new cases were reported countywide.

Kirkland, Maple Park and Somonauk were reported on the district data for the first time Tuesday as the total number of cases in the county rose to 84.

New cases included there patients in their 30s, two in their 40s, and one in their 60s.

According to county data (which differs from the state health department in specificity), eight municipalities have between one and five cases – Kirkland, Somonauk, Maple Park, Kingston, Esmond, Malta, Shabbona and Hinckley. Genoa, Cortland and Sandwich have between six and 10 cases, Sycamore has 11 to 15 cases and DeKalb has between 31 and 35 cases.

In total, there are three cases in residents under 19 years of age, 19 each in their 20s and 30s, 18 in their 40s, 14 in patients in their 50s (including one death), five in patients in their 60s and six in patients in their 70s.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists cases and tests by zip code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. The 60115 ZIP code has 34 confirmed cases, and 326 tests have been administered, the IDPH reports, while the 60178 zip code has 13 confirmed cases and has administered 169 tests.

Data for the 60135 zip code, which includes Genoa, was removed from the state map Tuesday. On Monday, it was listed with six cases.

The IDPH on Tuesday also reported there are now 48,102 confirmed cases in Illinois, with 2,125 deaths and 242,189 tests performed. The 144 new deaths are the most in a single day so far.

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 and only death April 6 of a man in his 50s.

The Northern Illinois Regional Health Department (which the county department is a part of) warned earlier this week it expects the number of cases to rise due to more testing being done. It stated that the cases of COVID-19 have not peaked or plateaued in Northern Illinois.

The regional department said the public can help prevent exposure by staying home, staying apart, cleaning hands for at least 20 seconds and wearing face masks in public.

Local recovery and COVID-19 testing data is being reported weekly by the county health department, and as of Monday was posted on the county website. According to the data, 34 of the 70 cases have fully recovered, with 35 cases still within the recovery period and one death, 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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