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Coronavirus

No new coronavirus cases reported in DeKalb County Thursday

DeKalb County Health Department
DeKalb County Health Department

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SYCAMORE - No new coronavirus cases were reported in DeKalb County Thursday, which leaves the case count at 35, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.

In the City of DeKalb, there are between 11 and 15 cases, while Sycamore has between six and 10 cases Malta, Cortland, Esmond, Sandwich, Shabbona and Hinckley have between one and five cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health indicates 16 cases in the 60115 zip code and eight in the 60178 zip code.

The IDPH also announced Thursday that the statewide death toll has risen to 528, with 16,422 cases now reported. There have also been 80,857 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 includes one person under 19, five in their 20s (including a Northern Illinois University student), eight in their 30s, 11 in their 40s, six in their 50s (including the reported death), and four 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.

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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