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Coronavirus

Nine new COVID-19 cases in DeKalb County as positivity rate holds at 4.9%

Positivity rate holds at 4.9%

DeKalb County Health Department
DeKalb County Health Department

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An additional 52 residents have recovered from the novel coronavirus, the DeKalb County Health Department. reported on Friday while the positivity rate remained at 4.9% for a second straight week.

The county also reported nine new cases and one more death, a woman in her 80s who was a resident of Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion. There have now been 29 deaths in the county and 836 reported cases.

There are 619 total recoveries in the county according to the county data, with 188 residents still in the recovery period. In all, there have been 17,157 tests administered.

One of the new cases was a resident under 20, two were in their 20s, one was in their 30s, three were in their 40s, one in their 50s and one in their 60s.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 396 and 400 cases. There are 106 to 110 cases in Sycamore; 111 to 115 in Sandwich; 76 to 80 cases in Genoa; 46 to 50 cases in Cortland; 11 to 15 in Kirkland, Somonauk, Kingston, Malta and Hinckley; and six to 10 cases in Waterman. Esmond, Earlville, Shabbona 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 384 cases reported and 5,949 tests administered. The 60178 ZIP code (including Sycamore) had 116 cases and 2,441 tests. The 60548 ZIP code (including Sandwich) had 2,526 tests and 163 cases. The 60112 ZIP code (including Cortland) had 42 cases and 539 tests. The 60135 ZIP code (including Genoa) had 72 cases and 890 tests, the 60145 ZIP code (including Kingston) had 13 cases and 224 tests and the 60146 ZIP code (including Kirkland) had 15 cases and 299 tests.

In total, IDPH reported 178.837 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 7,495 people have died statewide. As of Friday, 2,699,568 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. The statewide recovery remained at 95%.

Also Friday, a county in the Northern Illinois Rockford Regional Health Department, which includes DeKalb, is at the warning level for the coronavirus.

The IDPH announced Jo Daviess county, which includes Galena, was announced at a warning level. This increase in community spread of COVID-19 is associated with travel to hotspots including neighboring Iowa and larger social gatherings.

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