DeKalb County Health Department reports 17 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday


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The DeKalb County Health Department on Wednesday reported 17 new cases of the novel coronavirus as the positivity rate in both the region and county continued an upswing.

Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion reported one new case of the respiratory virus, in a staff member, marking 68 total cases and 14 deaths. No new cases were reported in the other three long-term care facilities listed on the county website, Prairie Crossing Living and Rehabilitation Center in Shabbona, Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb, DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DeKalb.

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 death count in the county remains at 41 and total cases rose to 1,837.

The county’s health region began enhanced restrictions Saturday, 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 8.6%. After a 14-day monitoring period, the region needs three days in a row of a rolling average of less than 6.5% to have the restrictions lifted.

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 7.5% on Sunday, its highest in the last two weeks.

Of the new cases, three were in residents under 20, two were in their 20s, two were in their 30s, four were in their 40s, one was in their 60s and one was in their 70s.

In total in the county, 311 cases have been reported among residents younger than 20, 539 in their 20s, 248 in their 30s, 252 in their 40s, 192 in their 50s, 118 in their 60s, 83 in their 70s and 89 in their 80s or older.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 971 to 975 cases. There are between 246 to 250 cases in Sycamore; 176 and 180 in Sandwich; 131 and 135 cases in Genoa; 81 and 85 cases in Cortland; 31 and 35 in Hinckley, Kirkland and Kingston; 26 and 30 in Somonauk and Malta; 16 to 20 in Waterman; and 11 and 15 in Maple Park. Shabbona. Esmond, Leland and Earlville each report between one and five cases.

Cases listed on the county site are for those only occurring within the county; for instance, the Maple Park numbers only count residents who reside in DeKalb County.

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 928 cases reported and 16,222 tests administered (a positivity rate of 5.7%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 246 cases and 6,208 tests (3.96%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 4,264 tests and 266 cases (5.8%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 84 cases and 1,390 tests (6.0%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 128 cases and 2,065 tests (6.2%).

The 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 29 cases and 543 tests (5.3%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 41 cases and 762 tests (5.4%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 33 cases and 756 tests (4.4%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 15 cases and 620 tests (2.4%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 46 cases and 1,050 tests (4.4%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 17 cases and 461 tests (3.7%).

The IDPH reported 307.641 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 8,878 people have died statewide. The number of tests performed rose to 6,033,289. The site also began listing the number of recoveries in the state, which on Wednesday was 209,950.

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