Almost 1,000 fewer vaccine doses administered this week; 17 new COVID-19 cases reported Friday

Health officials on Friday announced 17 new coronavirus cases, while the county crossed the 3% threshold for the percentage of the population fully vaccinated despite a drop of almost 1,000 vaccine doses administered from last week.

No new cases were reported at the three long-term care facilities currently listed in outbreak mode by the county.

According to the DeKalb County Health Department, 8,297 total cases have been reported. According to weekly recovery and testing data released Friday, 7,544 residents have recovered from the virus while 644 are in recovery. There have been 114,155 tests run.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate in Region 1, which runs north to Rockford and west to the Iowa border, rose to 3.7%, and the county’s rate also rose to 3.7%.

According to state data, 13,605 total vaccine doses have been administered to DeKalb County residents, and 3,282 residents, or 3.15% of the county’s population of 104,143, have been fully vaccinated.

According to weekly vaccine data updated Friday, there were 348 doses of the vaccine administered to DeKalb County residents, a drop-off of almost 1,000 from the 1,340 doses administered last week. There are 600 doses currently in the county, including 110 with the health department and 490 with community partners.

Doses are expected to be significantly reduced over the next three weeks, as the DeKalb County Health Department announced last week its weekly allotment would be slashed by 75%. The state health department then announced Sunday that second doses would be prioritized over first doses statewide until March, citing a statewide vaccine shortage. On Tuesday, the state also announced winter weather was delaying some federal vaccine deliveries, and weather also played a part in Sycamore teachers having a vaccine clinic canceled.

By the numbers

Of the new COVID-19 cases, four were in residents 19 or younger, eight in their 20s, two in their 30s, one in their 40s, one in their 50s and one in their 70s.

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

DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in DeKalb has reported 128 cases (75 in staff and 53 in residents with 10 deaths), Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb has reported 63 cases (31 in staff and 32 in residents with one death) and Bethany Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in DeKalb has reported 110 cases (47 in staff and 63 in residents with 10 deaths).

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 38 cases on the state website during the facility’s second documented outbreak, stable from the week before. Avancer Home in Genoa indicates 17 cases and one death.

There have been 1,385 cases in DeKalb County residents ages 19 or younger, 1,947 in their 20s, 1,242 in their 30s, 1,168 in their 40s, 1,047 in their 50s, 719 in their 60s, 405 in their 70s and 384 in their 80s or older.

There have been 65 deaths reported in DeKalb County residents in their 80s or older, 17 in their 70s, 16 in their 60s, six in their 50s, three in their 40s, one in their 30s and one infant.

According to county data, DeKalb has seen between 3,556 and 3,560 cases. There are between 1,681 and 1,685 cases in Sycamore, 761 and 765 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 671 and 675 in Genoa, 376 and 380 cases in Cortland, 216 and 220 cases in Kirkland, 201 and 205 in Hinckley, 186 and 190 in Kingston, 161 and 165 cases in Somonauk, 111 and 115 in Waterman, 106 to 110 in Shabbona, 101 and 105 in Malta, 66 and 70 in Maple Park, 16 and 20 in Clare, 11 and 15 in Earlville and Esmond and six and 10 in Lee and Leland. Marengo and Rochelle each reports 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 3,438 cases reported and 54,092 tests administered (a positivity rate of 6.4%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 1,687 cases and 19,047 tests (8.9%); the 60111 ZIP code, including Clare, reported 19 cases and 206 tests (9.2%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 370 cases and 3,899 tests (9.5%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 663 cases and 5,776 tests (11.5%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 180 cases and 1,561 tests (11.5%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 235 cases and 2,120 tests (11.1%); the 60150 ZIP code, including Malta, had 94 cases and 1,269 tests (7.4%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 293 cases and 3,022 tests (9.7%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 200 cases and 2,214 tests (9%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 1,146 cases and 11,490 tests (10%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 120 cases and 1,270 tests (9.4%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 104 cases and 1,218 tests (8.5%).

The IDPH reported 1,170,902 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 20,192 people have died statewide. There have been 17,474,319 tests performed to date.

Eddie Carifio

Has been the sports editor in DeKalb since 2014.