As a public service, Shaw Media will provide open access to information related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) emergency. Sign up for the newsletter here

The Sauk Valley reported 42 coronavirus cases Thursday with 28 in Whiteside and 14 in Ogle counties.

Whiteside County had four cases younger than 20, three in their 20s, two in their 30s, four in their 40s, six in their 50s, six in their 60s, one in his or her 70s and two in their 80s as well as 20 new recoveries totaling 1,107 cases, 21 deaths and 728 recoveries.

Ogle County had 14 new cases totaling 982 cases, six deaths and 776 recoveries.

Lee County did not release updated cases and has 539 cases, one death and 395 recoveries.

Carroll County did not release new cases Thursday and sits at 326 cases and eight deaths.

Sterling has had 4,843 tests and 370 cases. Rock Falls has had 2,623 tests and 232 cases, and Dixon has had 6,233 tests and 365 cases.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen seven days of positivity increases and three days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate increased from 10.1% to 10.3%, still the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 34% of medical/surgical beds are available and 40% of ICU beds.

The North region (Region 1) is underadditional COVID-19 mitigation measuresfrom the IDPH as of Saturday, Oct. 3. If Region 1 continues to report positivity rates above 8%, further mitigation efforts may be taken. To return to the standard Phase 4 restrictions, the region will need to maintain an average positivity rate of less than or equal to 6.5% over a 14-day period.

The region's counties that are reporting the highest positivity rates are Jo Daviess (12%), Winnebago (11.4%), Lee (10.9%), and Boone (10.7%). DeKalb County's positivity rate fell to 8.5%, while Whiteside County's fell to 9.6%.

Illinois announced 4,015 new cases and 53 additional deaths for a total of 331,620 cases with 9,127 deaths.

For more local news, visit at