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Coronavirus

73 more COVID-19 cases reported in DeKalb County, marking 4 days' worth of cases

Also: city of DeKalb cases climbs past 1,000 Tuesday, no new deaths announced

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The DeKalb County Health Department on Tuesday reported 73 new cases of the novel coronavirus, representing four days of new data as the total number of cases in the county's largest municipality, the city of DeKalb, climbed over 1,000.

No new cases were reported linked to long-term care facilities. Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich remained at 68 total cases and 14 deaths. Prairie Crossing Living and Rehabilitation Center in Shabbona still reports three cases, Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb reports 12 cases and DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DeKalb reports eight cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health website lists Opportunity House, 357 N. California St. in Sycamore, as having two cases reported, but that information is not listed on the county website.

The total number of cases rose to 1,976 and the number of deaths remained at 41.

According to the Illinois Public Health Department's daily county testing data, which is on a three-day lag, DeKalb County had a rolling positivity rate of 8.5%.

The county's health region began enhanced restrictions earlier this month, with restaurants and bars prohibited from allowing indoor dining for at least two weeks. Region 1, which includes DeKalb, Sauk Valley and Rockford, reported a seven-day rolling test positivity rate of 9.6%. After a 14-day monitoring period (which would be Saturday), the region needs three days in a row of a rolling average of less than 6.5% to have the restrictions lifted. The region's rate has not dropped below 8% since mitigations went into effect.

Of the new cases, 12 were in residents under 20, 25 were in their 20s, 11 were in their 30s, six were in their 40s, 10 were in their 50s, four were in their 60s, three were in their 70s and two were over 80.

In total there are 334 cases in residents under 20, 578 in their 20s, 270 in their 30s, 264 in their 40s, 219 in their 50s, 129 in their 60s, and 91 each in their 70s and 80s.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 1,036 and 1,040 cases. There are between 276 and 280 cases in Sycamore, 196 and 200 in Sandwich, 136 and 140 cases in Genoa, 86 and 90cases in Cortland, 41 to 45 in Hinckley and Kirkland, 36 and 40 in Kingston, 26 and 30 in Somonauk and Malta, 21 to 25 in Waterman, and 11 and 15 in Shabbona and Maple Park. Esmond, Leland, Earlville and Clare each report between one and five cases.

The IDPH lists cases and tests performed by ZIP code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. Numbers vary between state and health departments because of data lags.

The 60115 ZIP code, including DeKalb, had 987 cases reported and 17,680 tests administered (a positivity rate of 5.6%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 276 cases and 6,630 tests (4.2%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 4,525 tests and 291 cases (6.4%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 86 cases and 1,491 tests (5.8%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 132 cases and 2,187 tests (6.0%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 37 cases and 593 tests (6.2%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 52 cases and 837 tests (6.2%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 39 cases and 813 tests (4.8%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 15 cases and 635 tests (2.4%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 48 cases and 1,139 tests (4.2%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 19 cases and 485 tests (3.9%).

The IDPH reported 32 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 9,026 people have died statewide.

A free pop-up COVID-19 testing site opened Monday at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road where its expected to remain through Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Free simple nasal swab testing will be available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the high school, and individuals do not need to be sick or show symptoms to be tested. People tested will be called with their results in four to seven days. When entering the testing site, enter at the stop light entrance of Pride Avenue.

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