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Coronavirus

Nine new cases of COVID-19 in DeKalb County reported Tuesday

DeKalb County Health Department
DeKalb County Health Department

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After almost a week of slow gains, the DeKalb County Health Department announced nine new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, including five new cases among patients in their 20s.

It was the single biggest day increase in the county since June 22. Other new cases included two patients under 20, one in their 50s and one in their 70s. In all, 33.1% of patients in the county are 30 or under, and 33.6% are 50 or over.

None of the new cases were linked to long-term care facilities. Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center's COVID-19 outbreak count remains at 55 cases in residents and 23 in employees. It's unknown whether any cases linked to the other two facilities, DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center (which reported three cases in employees) and Bethany Rehabilitation and Health Care Center (which reported two cases in employees) have fully recovered.

As of Friday, 370 out of the 565 positive cases total were recovered. To date,10,599 tests were administered in the county, with a positivity rate of 5.2%, down from 5.8% last week.

The death toll remains at 18, with the majority connected to Pine Acres, which reports 12 deaths.

In total, 54 residents younger than 20 have tested positive, 136 in their 20s, 103 in their 30s, 88 in their 40s, 75 in their 50s, 39 in their 60s, 38 in their 70s and 41 older than 80.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 301 and 305 cases and there are between 66 to 70 cases in Sycamore, 61 to 65 in Sandwich, 46 to 50 cases in Genoa, 31 to 35 cases in Cortland, 11 to 15 cases in Hinckley, and six to 10 cases in Kirkland, Kingston and Somonauk. Esmond, Malta, Shabbona, Waterman and Maple Park each report one to 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 because of data lags.

The 60115 ZIP code (including DeKalb) had 299 cases reported and 3,864 tests administered. The 60178 ZIP code (including Sycamore) had 70 cases and 1,569 tests. The 60112 ZIP code (including Cortland) had 29 cases and 360 tests. The 60135 ZIP code (including Genoa) had 46 cases and 574 tests, the 60145 ZIP code (including Kingston) had seven cases and 138 tests and the 60146 ZIP code (including Kirkland) had nine cases and 199 tests.

In total, IDPH reported 143,185 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 6,923 people have died statewide. As of Monday, 1,602,965 tests have been performed. The site also lists statewide recovery rates, calculated by recovered cases divided by the sum of recovered cases and dead cases. It remains at 94%.

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