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Coronavirus

DeKalb County records more than 30 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours for second consecutive day

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DeKALB – DeKalb County recorded a second day in a row of more than 30 new cases of COVID-19, according to local health data.

The DeKalb County Health Department on Thursday reported 37 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive cases in the county to 2,047.

No new deaths were reported Thursday, as COVID-19 deaths in the county remain at 42, with the latest a woman resident at a Sandwich long-term care facility Wednesday, according to health department data.

Although not listed on the county website, the Illinois Department of Public Health lists Opportunity House as a long-term care facility, and as of Thursday, reported an outbreak of 15 cases.

There were no new cases reported at the other area long-term care facilities as of Thursday, according to county and state data.

Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich remained at 68 total cases and is at 15 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.

According to the IDPH's daily county testing data, which is on a three-day lag, DeKalb County had a rolling positivity rate of 9.1%.

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, the Sauk Valley area and Rockford, reported a seven-day rolling test positivity rate of 10.3%. 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, five were younger than 20, 11 were in their 20s, five in their 30s, five in their 40s, seven in their 50s, one in their 60s, two in their 70s and one aged 80 or older.

In total, there are 341 cases in residents younger than 20, 596 in their 20s, 279 in their 30s, 280 in their 40s, 229 in their 50s, 135 in their 60s, 94 in their 70s and 93 aged 80 or older.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 1,056 and 1,060 cases. There are between 291 and 295 cases in Sycamore, 201 and 205 in Sandwich and Plano, 141 and 145 cases in Genoa, 96 and 100 cases in Cortland, 41 to 45 in Hinckley and Kirkland, 36 and 40 in Kingston, 26 and 30 in Somonauk, 31 to 35 in Malta, 21 to 25 in Waterman, 11 and 15 in Maple Park and 16 to 20 in Shabbona. 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 1,011 cases reported and 18,332 tests administered (a positivity rate of 5.5%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 291 cases and 6,837 tests (4.3%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 4,594 tests and 300 cases (6.5%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 98 cases and 1,538 tests (6.4%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 136 cases and 2,234 tests (6.1%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 37 cases and 608 tests (6.1%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 55 cases and 864 tests (6.4%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 40 cases and 841 tests (4.8%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 17 cases and 640 tests (2.6%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 50 cases and 1,164 tests (4.3%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 21 cases and 496 tests (4.2%).

The IDPH reported 331,620 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 9,127 people have died statewide. There have been 6,531,009 tests performed.

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