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Nearly 300 new COVID-19 cases identified in DeKalb County over the weekend

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Nearly 300 more DeKalb County residents were reported as positive COVID-19 cases over the weekend, according to the DeKalb County Health Department on Monday.

Representing three days' worth of cases, the health department reported 279 new cases of the novel coronavirus Monday. Nearly a fourth of all known COVID-19 cases in DeKalb County were identified in the past 8 days alone, with 899 cases identified added to the growing total as the county trends with the rest of the state and country for a fall viral surge.

There have now been 3,507 cases reported in the county while the death toll remained at 43, and cases were reported Monday in all age groups.

DeKalb County's rolling seven-day positivity rate rose slightly again to 12.6%, according to the most recent available data from the Illinois Department of Public Health which reports on a three-day lag. The regional rate shot up to 17.6% after a single-day total of 21% on Friday.

Of the new cases in the county Monday, 42 were in residents younger than 20, 43 in their 20s, 40 in their 30s, 48 in their 40s, 46 in their 50s, 31 in their 60s, 21 in their 70s and eight in their 80s or older.

There were no new cases reported at any of the long-term care facilities in the county.

Prairie Crossing Living and Rehabilitation Center in Shabbona reports four cases (three in staff, one in a resident). Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center remained at two cases (one each in a resident and employee), while Bethany Rehabilitation and Health Care Center reports two cases, both in employees. DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center reports 16 cases (15 in employees, one resident), Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center reports 20 (12 in staff, eight residents), and Heritage Woods at three cases (two in staff, one resident).

By the numbers

In total, there are 602 cases in residents younger than 20, 927 in their 20s, 491 in their 30s, 507 in their 40s, 448 in their 50s, 257 in their 60s, 159 in their 70s and 125 in their 80s or older.

To date, there have been 26 deaths reported in DeKalb County residents in their 80s, six in their 70s, five in their 60s, three in their 50s, and one each in their 40s and 30s and an infant.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 1,586 and 1,590 cases. There are between 561 and 565 cases in Sycamore, 286 and 290 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 241 and 245 cases in Genoa, 151 and 155 cases in Cortland, 81 and 85 cases in Kirkland, 71 and 75 cases in Kingston, 61 and 65 cases in Hinckley, 41 and 45 in Malta, 36 and 40 in Somonauk, 31 and 35 in Waterman and Shabbona, 26 and 30 in Maple Park, and six to 10 in Esmond and Clare. Lee, Leland and Earlville each report between one and five cases.

Cases on the DeKalb County website list residents that only live within the county lines for a municipality, while the state website lists everyone within a certain ZIP code. Numbers also may vary because of data lags.

The 60115 ZIP code, including DeKalb, had 1,646 cases reported and 25,975 tests administered (a positivity rate of 6.3%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 639 cases and 9,569 tests (6.7%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 6,034 tests and 452 cases (7.5%); the 60111 ZIP code, including Clare, reported eight cases and 113 tests (7.1%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 163 cases and 2,124 tests (7.7%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 260 cases and 3,120 tests (8.3%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 78 cases and 860 tests (9.1%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 104 cases and 1,193 tests (8.7%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 65 cases and 1,109 tests (5.9%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 28 cases and 770 tests (3.6%); the 60150 ZIP code, including Malta, had 35 cases and 694 tests (5.0%) the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 105 cases and 1,534 tests (6.8%); the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 27 cases and 634 tests (4.3%)

The IDPH reported 498,560 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, while 10,210 people have died statewide. There have been 8,469,064 tests performed.

Recovery data was also updated Friday and over 300 residents have recovered in that time. To date, 1,805 DeKalb County residents fully recovered from the virus, up from 1,494 which was last reported.

The county's health region, Region 1, began enhanced restrictions earlier this month, with restaurants and bars prohibited from allowing indoor dining. 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 a month ago, so restrictions will remain until otherwise stated by the IDPH.

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