Two more dead from COVID-19 in DeKalb County Tuesday, 58 more cases

As of Tuesday, DeKalb County’s region not on track to have mitigations lifted Friday

SYCAMORE - Two more DeKalb County residents died in the past 24 hours because of COVID-19, the DeKalb County Health Department announced on Tuesday, and 58 more cases were identified.

The deaths, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s, bring the death toll to 86 locally, and were residents of Bethany Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, which now reports nine deaths.

There were also two new cases reported at DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Tuesday.

To date, there have been 7,328 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

Municipality by zip codeCasesTestsPositivity rate
DeKalb (60115)3,02742,7717%
Sycamore (60178)1,52216,1219.4%
Sandwich (60548)9749,9409.7%
Genoa (60135)6044,97112.1%

Among the new cases, 14 were in residents younger than 20, 13 were in their 20s, 11 were in their 30s, three were in the 40s, six were in their 50s, three were in their 60s, seven were in their 70s and one was in their 80s.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate in the county fell to 11.2% from 12.3% the day prior. The positivity rate for Region 1, which includes DeKalb County, Winnebago and west to Whiteside, dropped to 9.1%.

As of Tuesday, DeKalb County is not on track to have COVID-19 mitigations lifted slightly Friday, when some regions of the state are slated to return to Tier 2 according to the Restore Illinois plan, meaning that gyms and casinos will reopen and retail capacity will not be limited.

In order to qualify for that, DeKalb County’s region must meet three targets: at least three days of a regional positivity rate under 12% (the region meets this criteria); at least three days in a row where regional hospital and ICU bed capacity is above 20% (the region meets this criteria); and seven out of 10 days where hospitalizations decrease (currently the region is only at six out of 10 days).

By the numbers

There currently are seven long-term care facilities in outbreak mode in DeKalb County.

DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DeKalb has reported 37 cases (34 staff and three residents), Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb has reported 56 cases (26 staff and 30 residents with one death) and Bethany Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in DeKalb has reported 109 cases (46 staff and 63 residents with nine deaths). Prairie Crossing Living and Rehabilitation Center in Shabbona has reported 88 cases (34 staff and 54 residents with seven deaths). Lincolnshire Place in Sycamore has reported 47 cases (17 staff and 30 residents with seven deaths), and Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich has reported five cases (two employees and three residents). Pine Acres in DeKalb has 10 cases (five staff and five residents).

Some facilities are not designated long-term care by the county but are by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Opportunity House in Sycamore reported 32 cases on the state website during the facility’s second documented outbreak, while Avancer Home in Genoa had 11 cases and one death as of Jan. 8, the same as the week prior.

In total, there have been 1,198 cases in DeKalb County residents 19 or younger, 1,731 in their 20s, 1,101 in their 30s, 1,041 in their 40s, 950 in their 50s, 626 in their 60s, 363 in their 70s and 318 in their 80s or older.

To date, there have been 49 deaths reported in DeKalb County residents in their 80s or older, 14 in their 70s, 13 in their 60s, five in their 50s, three in their 40s, one in their 30s and one infant.

According to county data, DeKalb has seen between 3,136 and 3,140 cases. There are between 1,526 and 1,530 cases in Sycamore; 651 and 655 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site); 611 and 615 in Genoa; 321 and 325 cases in Cortland; 186 and 190 cases in Kirkland; 171 and 175 Hinckley; 166 and 170 in Kingston; 136 and 140 cases in Somonauk; 101 and 105 in Shabbona; 91 and 95 in Malta and Waterman; 51 and 55 in Maple Park; 16 and 20 in Clare; 11 and 15 in Earlville; and six and 10 in Esmond, Lee and Leland. Marengo and Rochelle each report between one and five cases.

The DeKalb County website only lists residents who live within county lines for a municipality, while the IDPH website lists everyone within a certain ZIP code. Numbers also may vary because of data lags.

The 60115 ZIP code, including DeKalb, had 3,027 cases reported and 42,771 tests administered (a positivity rate of 7%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 1,522 cases and 16,121 tests (9.4%); the 60111 ZIP code, including Clare, reported 18 cases and 173 tests (10.4%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 313 cases and 3,274 tests (9.5%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 604 cases and 4,971 tests (12.1%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 161 cases and 1,344 tests (11.9%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 206 cases and 1,812 tests (11.3%); the 60150 ZIP code, including Malta, had 83 cases and 1,097 tests (7.5%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 247 cases and 2,512 tests (9.8%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 171 cases and 1,815 tests (9.4%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 974 cases and 9,940 tests (9.7%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 109 cases and 1,053 tests (10.3%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 89 cases and 987 tests (9%).

The IDPH reported 1,040,168 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 17,743 people have died statewide. There have been 14,263,477 tests performed.

As of Jan. 8, 6,243 DeKalb County residents have fully fully recovered. There have been 77,075 negative tests as well, meaning 84,226 COVID-19 tests have been conducted on DeKalb County residents since the start of the pandemic.

The entire state moved to Tier 3 mitigation measures Nov. 20 to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including a continued prohibition on indoor dining at bars and restaurants, closures of gaming facilities and casinos, and the capping of all gatherings to 10 or fewer people, with officials urging residents to stay at home unless necessary and to avoid holiday travel or family gatherings. DeKalb County’s health region has been under enhanced mitigations since Oct. 3. Under the new restrictions, each of the 11 health care regions can independently have restrictions eased if certain metrics improve.

DeKalb County is one metric away from qualifying to have Tier 3 restrictions lifted Friday, though that will not lift the prohibition on indoor dining.

Region 1′s seven-day rate has not dropped below 8% since mitigation measures first went into effect Oct. 3.

Kelsey Rettke

Kelsey Rettke is the editor of the Daily Chronicle, part of Shaw Media and DeKalb County's only daily newspaper devoted to local news, crime and courts, government, business, sports and community coverage. Kelsey also covers breaking news for Shaw Media Local News Network.