SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Health Department announced two new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total in the county up to 44 including a death last week.
Both new cases were in patients in their 20s according to data provided by the county, bringing the total number of cases in the county among that age group to seven.
There’s now 29 cases among people less than 50 years old in the county out of 44 total cases.
The total countywide case count includes one person under 19, five in their 20s (including a Northern Illinois University student), 10 in their 30s, 13 in their 40s, nine in their 50s (including a reported death of a man in his 50s), and four in their 70s.
In the City of DeKalb, there are between 16 and 20 cases while Sycamore has between six and 10 cases, according to the county health department. Malta, Cortland, Esmond, Sandwich, Shabbona, Genoa and Hinckley each have between one and five cases. A Kishwaukee College student also tested positive, along with a second NIU student who does not live in DeKalb County.
The DeKalb County Health Department does not report the number of tests administered, though the Illinois Department of Public Health does. Neither health department reports the number of those recovered.
In DeKalb County, the IDPH indicates 20 cases in the 60115 zip code and nine in the 60178 zip code, although the county health department has reported case location by range in municipalities.
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday that the statewide death toll has passed 1,000, reaching 1,072, after the largest death count in a 24-hour period was announced. There are now 25,733 cases reported and 122,589 tests administered.
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.
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.
Source: The Daily Chronicle