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Coronavirus

Of the 36 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday, 31 are staff, residents of Pine Acres in DeKalb

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Of the 36 new coronavirus cases reported Thursday by the DeKalb County Health Department, 31 of them are linked to Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center in DeKalb.

The longterm care facility is now reporting 31 residents and nine employees have contracted COVID-19, and one resident, a woman in her 70s, has died from complications due to the viral respiratory disease.

The total case count in the county reached 388 Thursday, and now included 25 people over 80, 25 in their 70s, 26 int their 60s, 58 in their 50s, 63 in their 40s, 77 in their 30s, 87 in their 20s and 27 under 19.

As of May 22, 126 residents are reported to have fully recovered, and the death toll climbs to four. Updated recovery numbers are expected every Friday from the county health department.

A second longterm care facility, DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, still reports only one case, in an employee, and though its been linked to 17 possible additional exposures, COVID-19 testing was not administered inside the facility until Tuesday, 12 days after the first case was announced.

According to the information on the county site, the City of DeKalb now reports between 201 and 205 cases. Cases in Sandwich report between 51 and 55 cases. Sycamore has between 36 and 40 cases, Genoa has between 26 and 30 cases, and Cortland has 21 to 25 cases. Kingston and Hinckley are reported to have between six and 10 cases. Kirkland, Esmond, Malta, Maple Park, Shabbona, Somonauk and Waterman each report between one and five cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists cases and tests performed by ZIP code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. Numbers vary from state and health departments due to data lags. The 60115 ZIP code (including DeKalb) had 196 cases reported and 1,769 tests administered. The 60178 ZIP Code (including Sycamore) has 39 cases and 734 tests. The 60135 ZIP code (including Genoa) has 28 cases and 322 tests, the 60145 ZIP code (including Kingston) has six cases and 82 tests, and the 60146 ZIP code (including Kirkland) has eight cases and 90 tests.

In total, IDPH reports 115,833 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 5,186 people have died statewide. As of Wednesday, 829,966 tests have been performed. The site also lists statewide recovery rates, calculated by recovered cases divided by the sum of recovered cases and deceased cases. It remained at 92% on Thursday.

As of May 22, 2,841 tests had come back negative in the county. New local recovery and testing data is expected from the county health department every Friday.

The positivity rate of tests in the county is 9.8% as of Friday.

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 health care workers and those experiencing severe symptoms.

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