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The number of cases of the novel coronavirus continues to climb in DeKalb County, with 40 new cases announced by the DeKalb County Health Department on Tuesday, bringing the total to 2,549.

In the past 12 days, there have been 479 cases recorded in the county, accounting for 18.7% of all local cases identified in the county since the pandemic began seven months ago.

The death toll remained at 42 and no long-term care facility reported new cases.

The county's seven-day rolling positivity rate went back over 10% for the second time in three days, with a 10.2% average, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The county's health region, Region 1, began enhanced restrictions earlier this month, with restaurants and bars prohibited from allowing indoor dining. Region 1, which includes DeKalb, the Sauk Valley area and Rockford, reported a seven-day rolling test positivity rate of 13.0% as of Oct. 25, since IDPH data is three days behind. It set a new high, and the 14% positivity rate on Sunday was the second-highest of the last two weeks.

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.

Of the new cases in the county, nine were in residents younger than 20, eight in their 20s, four in their 30s, 10 in their 40s, five in their 50s, three in their 70s and one 80 or older.

In total, there are 433 cases in residents younger than 20, 724 in their 20s, 351 in their 30s, 356 in their 40s, 303 in their 50s, 165 in their 60s, 109 in their 70s and 108 who are 80 or older.

According to county data, the city of DeKalb reports between 1,271 and 1,275 cases. There are between 396 and 400 cases in Sycamore, 231 and 235 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 171 and 175 cases in Genoa, 121 and 125 cases in Cortland, 61 and 65 cases in Kirkland, 51 and 55 cases in Hinckley, 46 and 50 cases in Kingston, 36 to 40 in Malta, 31 and 35 in Somonauk, 26 and 30 in Waterman, and 16 and 20 in Maple Park and Shabbona. Esmond, Leland, Earlville and Clare 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 1,218 cases reported and 21,847 tests administered (a positivity rate of 5.6%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 403 cases and 7,967 tests (5.1%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 5,260 tests and 344 cases (6.5%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 124 cases and 1,802 tests (6.8%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 173 cases and 2,605 tests (6.6%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 47 cases and 720 tests (6.5%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 74 cases and 1,014 tests (7.3%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 52 cases and 967 tests (5.4%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 19 cases and 714 tests (2.7%); the 60150 ZIP code, including Malta, had 29 cases and 590 tests (4.9%) the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 70 cases and 1,339 tests (5.2%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 23 cases and 568 tests (4.0%).

The IDPH reported 389,095 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 9,619 people have died statewide. There have been 7,459,042 tests performed.

Although not listed on the county website, the Illinois Department of Public Health lists Opportunity House as a long-term care facility and 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. Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center remained at two cases, while DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center each remained at 13.

According to recovery and testing data released weekly by the county on Friday, 921 are still in the recovery period and 1,364 have fully recovered. Testing data was still not available.

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