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Three more staff, two residents at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich test positive for COVID-19

Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion, 515 N. Main St. in Sandwich, is the fourth DeKalb County long-term care facility reporting a COVID-19 outbreak. Seven residents and three staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus Wednesday according to the DeKalb County Health Department.
Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion, 515 N. Main St. in Sandwich, is the fourth DeKalb County long-term care facility reporting a COVID-19 outbreak. Seven residents and three staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus Wednesday according to the DeKalb County Health Department.

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SANDWICH - Five more people linked to Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the DeKalb County Health Department Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 616.

All of Tuesday's new reported cases were connected to the longterm care facility, which now has 15 cases (six in employees and nine in residents) and one death, a woman in her 90s announced Monday.

New cases include three in their 20s and two in their 80s or older.

Half of DeKalb County's cases are in residents in their 30s or younger, with the largest age group being people in their 20s.

In total, there are 60 cases in residents 19 or younger, 147 in their 20s, 108 in their 30s, 92 in their 40s, 83 in their 50s, 40 each in their 60s and 70s, and 46 in people older than 80.

The death toll in the county remains at 20, as no new deaths were announced Tuesday, and includes one in their 40s, three in their 50s, two each in their 60s and 70s, and 12 in their 80s. More than half of the deaths accounted for are connected to Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center, which has had 12 deaths.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports 80 cases are linked to Pine Acres, while the DeKalb County Health Department's numbers remain as they have been at the long-term care facility: with 78 cases (55 in residents and 23 in staff). No new cases were reported locally in any of the other three long-term care facilities Monday. There are three cases, all among staff, at DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center and two cases among staff at Bethany Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

It's unknown whether any cases in long-term care facilities across DeKalb County have fully recovered, since health officials do not release recovery data specific to case, only a gross number for the county.

As of Thursday (the most recent available data) 415 out of the county's 611 cases have fully recovered. The positivity rate was 5.8% two weeks ago and 5.2% last week. Also as of Thursday, 12,221 tests were administered in the county, including 11,628 negative results.

Updated recovery and testing data is expected Friday.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 321 and 325 cases (up from Monday) and there are 76 to 780cases in Sycamore (up from Monday), 71 to 75 in Sandwich (up from Monday), 56 to 60 cases in Genoa (up from Monday), 31 to 35 cases in Cortland, 11 to 15 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 IDPH 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 312 cases reported and 4,545 tests administered. The 60178 ZIP code (including Sycamore) had 74 cases and 1,812 tests. The 60112 ZIP code (including Cortland) had 29 cases and 408 tests. The 60135 ZIP code (including Genoa) had 52 cases and 660 tests, the 60145 ZIP code (including Kingston) had eight cases and 156 tests, and the 60146 ZIP code (including Kirkland) had 10 cases and 229 tests.

In total, IDPH reported 148,452 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 7,063 people have died statewide. As of Tuesday, 1,809,834 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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