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DeKALB – The DeKalb County Health Department on Friday reported 23 new cases of COVID-19, its lowest daily record in three days, bringing the total number of positive cases in the county to 2,070.

No new deaths were reported Friday, as COVID-19 deaths in the county remain at 42.

Of the new cases, five were younger than 20, eight were in their 20s, one in their 30s, four in their 40s, one in their 50s, one in their 60s, two in their 70s and one aged 80 or older.

In total, there are 346 cases in residents younger than 20, 604 in their 20s, 280 in their 30s, 284 in their 40s, 230 in their 50s, 136 in their 60s, 96 in their 70s and 94 aged 80 or older.

As of Friday, new data shows 35 more DeKalb County residents fully recovered from this week, though the positivity rate is up to 8.5%, according to the county health department, up from 7.0% this time last week. There have been 38,500 COVID-19 tests conducted to date in the county.

One of the new cases Friday was an employee of the DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, according to local data. The long-term care facility now reports eight eight cases in staff and one in a resident, and it's unknown how many of those have recovered to date.

The other long-term care facilities in outbreak mode throughout DeKalb County didn't report any new cases Friday.

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 Friday, reported an outbreak of 15 cases. 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.

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, so restrictions will remain until otherwise stated by the IDPH.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 1,071 to 1,075 cases (up from Thursday). There are between 296 and 300 cases in Sycamore (up from Thursday), 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, 31 to 35 in Somonauk and 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 1,019 cases reported and 18,665 tests administered (a positivity rate of 5.4%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 293 cases and 6,992 tests (4.1%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 4,651 tests and 304 cases (6.5%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 98 cases and 1,552 tests (6.3%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 136 cases and 2,255 tests (6.0%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 38 cases and 617 tests (6.1%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 58 cases and 875 tests (6.6%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 41 cases and 859 tests (4.7%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 17 cases and 644 tests (2.6%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 50 cases and 1,172 tests (4.2%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 21 cases and 510 tests (4.1%).

As of Friday, the IDPH reported 336,174 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 9,165 people have died statewide. There have been 6,618,768 tests performed.

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