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A Carroll County resident has died from COVID-19. The Carroll County Health Department announced Monday that the individual, a person in their 90s, was the ninth COVID-related death in that county.

The Whiteside County Health Department on Monday announced 26 new cases of COVID-19. The new cases involve six people in their 50s, six in their 30s, four in their 20s, three under the age of 20, two in their 40s, one in their 70s and one over 80.

In the past 28 days, Whiteside County has had 503 new cases, with 328 of those coming in the past 14 days. The last two weeks in Whiteside County have seen 41 new cases among those 80 or older, 59 new cases among those in their 50s and 56 new cases among those in their 40s. For the week of October 12-18, every age group in Whiteside County saw more new cases than in the previous week.

Lee County had 20 new cases on Monday, of which two were inmates at Dixon Correctional Center. The remaining 18 cases included four people in their 20s, two in their 30s, one in their 40s, four in their 50s, five in their 60s and two in their 80s. Lee County had 14 additional recoveries Monday.

Ogle County had 52 additional cases, reflecting positive cases from Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Ogle County also had 37 additional recoveries.

Carroll County added 12 new cases between Saturday and Monday, involving one child, two people in their 20s, three in their 30s, two in their 40s, two in their 50s, one in their 60s and one in their 80s.

Whiteside County has had 1,233 cases and 21 deaths. Lee County has had 607 cases, 436 recoveries and one death. Ogle County has had 1,057 cases, 869 recoveries and seven deaths. Carroll County has had 365 cases.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen eight days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region's positivity rate remained flat at 11.1%, still the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 39% of medical/surgical beds and 48% of ICU beds are available.

The North region (Region 1) is under additional COVID-19 mitigation measures from the IDPH as of 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 Boone (14.2%) and Winnebago (12.3%). DeKalb County's positivity rate saw a big decrease from to 8.8% to 8.0%, while Whiteside County's increased from 10.4% to 11.0%.

"We were glad to see hospital admissions in that area stabilize after a period of growth, but are closely monitoring the situation after an uptick over the past several days," Pritzker said.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday reported 3,113 new cases and 22 COVID-related deaths. The state has seen 347,161 cases and 9,236 deaths.

Sterling has had 5,298 tests and 407 cases. Rock Falls has had 2,818 tests and 257 cases. Dixon has had 6,739 tests and 399 cases. Rochelle has had 4,552 tests and 536 cases.

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