14 more test positive for COVID-19 Saturday; testing numbers near 5000 locally – DeKalb Daily Chronicle

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For the second day in a row, the DeKalb County Health Department reported 14 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, with six of those coming from Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center.

The total number of local cases of the viral respiratory disease exceeded rose to 416 total cases, though about half to date have fully recovered.

New data shows over 2,000 tests have been performed in the 60115 zip code, which includes DeKalb. Of DeKalb County’s nearly 105,000 population size, about 5,000 tests have been performed.

As DeKalb County now looks to Phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, criteria will need to be met on contact tracing — how healthcare professionals track who a COVID-19 positive patient may have exposed and when — and testing capabilities. The county health department now looks to hire a contract tracer to aid the new requirements.

New cases included two in residents under 19, four in their 20s, two in their 30s, one in their 40s, three in their 50s, and one each in their 70s and 80s.

The county also announced it would no longer update COVID-19 daily counts on the weekends starting June 1.

Pine Acres’ count rose to 50 cases. No new deaths were announced at any longterm care facilities or in the county Friday.

The total cases in the county include 29 in residents under 20, 98 in residents in their 20s, 80 in residents in their 30s, 66 in residents in their 40s, 62 in residents in the 50s, 27 each in residents in their 600s, 70s and over 80. There remain four deaths from COVID-19 in the county, including a man and woman in their 50s, a man in his 60s, and a woman in her 70s from Pine Acres.

According to the information on the county site, the City of DeKalb now reports between 221 and 225 cases. Cases in Sandwich are reported between 51 and 55. Sycamore has between 41 and 45 cases, Genoa has between 26 and 30 cases, and Cortland has 21 to 25 cases. Kingston and Hinckley are reported to have between six and 10 cases. Kirkland, Esmond, Malta, Maple Park, Shabbona, Somonauk and Waterman each report between one and five cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists cases and tests performed by ZIP code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. Numbers vary from state and health departments due to data lags. The 60115 ZIP code (including DeKalb) had 216 cases reported and 2,028 tests administered. The 60178 ZIP Code (including Sycamore) has 42 cases and 793 tests. The 60135 ZIP code (including Genoa) has 28 cases and 341 tests, the 60145 ZIP code (including Kingston) has six cases and 84 tests, and the 60146 ZIP code (including Kirkland) has eight cases and 108 tests.

In total, IDPH reports 118,917 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 5,330 people have died statewide. As of Wednesday, 877,105 tests have been performed. The site also lists statewide recovery rates, calculated by recovered cases divided by the sum of recovered cases and deceased cases. It remained at 92% on Saturday.

Updated testing information was also released by the county health department on Friday. To date, 4,859 COVID-19 tests have been administered for county residents for a positivity rate of 8.3%, with 4,457 of those tests coming back negative. A total of 179 patients in the county have recovered, an additional 53 recoveries from last week.

COVID-19 testing is being conducted at Northwestern Medicine health system hospitals and private lab facilities, including through Physicians Immediate Care and the Center for Family Health in Sycamore, which are prioritizing high-risk patients, first responders and health care workers and those experiencing severe symptoms.

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