SYCAMORE – Three more DeKalb County residents, all in their 30s, have tested positive for coronavirus Saturday, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.
The new cases bring the total reported cases locally to 22 as of Saturday afternoon.
Existing cases include one person under 19, two in their 20s including a Northern Illinois University student, six in their 30s, five others in their 40s, three in their 50s and three in their 70s.
A Kishwaukee College student is also among those confirmed to have the viral respiratory disease after they self-identified themselves to the institution, which was announced Thursday.
One other NIU student was confirmed to test positive but does not live in DeKalb County.
The statewide death toll rose by 33 on Saturday to 243 coronavirus deaths. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,453 new cases Saturday, bringing the total to 10,357. A total of 53,581 have been tested for COVID-19 in Illinois.
Little is known about the 22 positive cases in the county, as public health officials and representatives of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital have declined to provide any, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which prohibits any information be released which could identify the patient.
Limited testing is being conducted at Northwestern Medicine health system hospitals and private lab facilities across the state, which are prioritizing high-risk patients or those experiencing severe symptoms.
Source: The Daily Chronicle