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Coronavirus

Seven new COVID-19 cases reported in DeKalb County

Total count rises to 29 in DeKalb County Tuesday

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SYCAMORE - Seven more have tested positive for the coronavirus in DeKalb County, bringing the total to 29 Tuesday, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.

All seven new cases were in patients under 60. It was the largest single-day increase so far in DeKalb County.

In the City of DeKalb, there are between 11 and 15 cases, while Sycamore has between six and 10 cases (an increase in range from Monday's numbers reported by the county health department). Malta, Cortland, Sandwich and Hinckley have between one and five cases.

The IDPH also announced Tuesday that the statewide death toll has risen to 380, up 73 from Monday, with 13,549 cases now reported. There have also been 68,732 tests administered.

On Monday, the department announced a DeKalb County man in his 50s died from complications from the coronavirus, though the identity of the man is not being released to the public to protect the privacy of his family. The gender of the resident was released by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

When asked whether the man died in his home or at a nearby hospital, and if he passed away Sunday or Monday, public health administrator Lisa Gonzalez declined to provide details, citing the privacy of the deceased man's family.

The total countywide case count now includes one person under 19, three in their 20s (including a Northern Illinois University student), eight in their 30s, nine in their 40s, five in their 50s (including the reported death), and three in their 70s.

A Kishwaukee College student also tested positive, along with a second NIU student who does not live in DeKalb County.

The county health department is now including the zip code and a case range in their reporting, as is the IDPH, which reports that the city of DeKalb has 13 cases.

The first case in DeKalb County was announced March 21.

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.

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.

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