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Five more DeKalb County residents test positive for COVID-19, total up to 621

DeKalb County Health Department
DeKalb County Health Department

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For the second day in a row, five people in DeKalb County tested positive for COVID-19, according to the DeKalb County Health Department Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 621.

No new cases announced Wednesday were linked to any longterm care facilities.

Among Wednesday's new cases were three in their 20s, and one each in their 40s and 50s.

In total, there are 60 cases in residents 19 or younger, 150 in their 20s, 108 in their 30s, 93 in their 40s, 84 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). Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich has 15 cases (six in employees and nine in residents) and one death, a woman in her 90s announced 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 and there are 76 to 80 cases in Sycamore, 71 to 75 in Sandwich, 56 to 60 cases in Genoa, 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 316 cases reported and 4,590 tests administered. The 60178 ZIP code (including Sycamore) had 76 cases and 1,833 tests. The 60112 ZIP code (including Cortland) had 30 cases and 414 tests. The 60135 ZIP code (including Genoa) had 52 cases and 665 tests, the 60145 ZIP code (including Kingston) had eight cases and 157 tests, and the 60146 ZIP code (including Kirkland) had 10 cases and 231 tests.

In total, IDPH reported 149,432 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 7,099 people have died statewide. As of Wednesday, 1,842,576 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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