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Two more test positive for COVID-19 locally; one case removed from count due to residency error

SYCAMORE – Two new DeKalb County residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, reports the DeKalb County Health Department, though the total local case count has been amended due to a residency error in the case reported Sunday.

The first DeKalb County case in their 60s has been reported, along with another resident in their 30s, according to the health department.

The 70-year-old reported Sunday actually lives outside of DeKalb County, said Lisa Gonzalez, public health administrator, therefore, the total number of cases is 56.

“After an investigation, that person was determind to live outside the county,” Gonazez said. “Sometimes this happens.”

The statewide case total rose to 31,508 total cases confirmed, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, including 1,349 deaths. As of Monday, 148,358 tests have been administered.

Locally, DeKalb County’s roughly 105,000 population size, less than 500 tests have been administered, according to county health department data, which for the first time Friday reported in an email newsletter that 403 COVID-19 tests have come back negative locally, and 31 residents have fully recovered.

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.

New data released by the IDPH Sunday reveals no COVID-19 outbreaks are yet reported in any longterm care facilities in DeKalb County, though the data is “provisional and subject to change.”

Symphony of Joliet nursing home reports the largest fatal outbreak of coronavirus in the state, with 81 cases and 23 deaths, according to the new data.

Also according to the most recent available IDPH hospitalization data from Friday, 1,192 patients statewide are occupying 3,140 ICU beds in hospitals across Illinois, though specific hospitalization data per case or county is not known.

It’s unknown where in DeKalb County the 70-year-old patient lives, though ongoing location range data reported by the county health department shows 21 to 25 cases in the City of DeKalb, 11 to 15 cases in Sycamore, and one to five cases in Kingston, Genoa, Esmond, Malta, Cortland, Shabbona, Hinckley and Sandwich.

Sycamore jumped in number of cases Saturday, according to county data, which showed Sycamore in the six to 10 range on Friday, and 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), 11 in their 30s, 13 in their 40s, 13 in their 50s (including a reported death of a man in his 50s), one in their 60s and six in their 70s.

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.

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 the health privacy laws that prohibit any information be released that 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 and those experiencing severe symptoms.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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