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Coronavirus

Breaking: 1 new coronavirus case in DeKalb County, brings total to 4 as of Thursday

Total count in DeKalb County rises to 4 as of noon Thursday, according to health department

DeKalb County Health Department
DeKalb County Health Department

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SYCAMORE - The coronavirus cases in DeKalb County have risen again for the second day in a row Thursday, as one new additional case was announced by the DeKalb County Health Department.

A person in their 30s has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the viral respiratory disease causing a global pandemic. As of noon Thursday, that marks the county's fourth case, with the others being a Northern Illinois University student in their 20's, and two more adults, one in their 50's and one in their 40's.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 673 new cases, the largest single-day rise in confirmed cases Thursday afternoon, which have risen to 2,538 positive cases. A total of 26 deaths are also reported, including seven more Thursday.

Lisa Gonzalez, public health administrator, said the department will remain with their current policy, not to release any further information about the cases which could identify the individual to the public.

She said all those who may have come into close contact with the patient are being monitored by the health department's communicable disease staff.

Little additional information is known about the new cases announced this week, and public health officials are firm in their decisions to not reveal any information which they say may out the identity of a patient. They cite the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which bars medical professionals from revealing health-related information about an individual to the press or public.

It's unknown whether the four known cases in the county have any relation to each other, or contact with other infected individuals before they tested positive. It's also unknown if the people are hospitalized or in isolation elsewhere, since Northwestern Medicine health system has declined to release any information on the subject.

“If/when we care for a COVID-19 patient at Kish, we will not be releasing that information due to patient privacy,” said Christopher King, Northwestern Medicine spokesperson Wednesday. “As you have seen, IDPH is not releasing any hospital locations in reporting COVID-19 cases.”

An second NIU student tested positive Wednesday, though that second person is not in DeKalb County, confirmed Lisa Miner, NIU spokesperson.