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Zero new COVID-19 cases reported in DeKalb County Wednesday, total remains at 57

SYCAMORE – No new local coronavirus cases were reported in DeKalb County Wednesday, according to the county health department, though the state reached it’s highest daily surge of new confirmed cases with 2,049 announced by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The total count remains at 57 in the county, though 31 residents are reported to have fully recovered, according to data provided by the DeKalb County Health Department Friday.

The total includes a person under 19, 12 in their 20s (including a Northern Illinois University student), 11 in their 30s, and 13 each in their 40s and 50s. There is one case among residents in their 60s, reported on Monday, and six in their 70s.

The IDPH is now listing tests by zip code in their information. In the 60115 zip code, 213 tests have been administered, with 24 reported cases. In the 60178 zip code, there have been 11 confirmed cases and 117 tests performed.

The statewide total rose to 35,108 confirmed cases Wednesday, according to IDPH which reported the highest daily jump in confirmed cases, 2,049, so far. There have been 1,565 deaths and 164,346 tests performed statewide.

According to county health department data, of DeKalb County’s roughly 105,000 population size, fewer 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 sick residents have fully recovered.

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

Ongoing location range data reported by the county health department (which differs from the state health department in specificity) 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.

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 April 6 of 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 the health privacy laws that prohibit any information be released 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 healthcare workers and those experiencing severe symptoms.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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