24 more COVID-19 cases in DeKalb County over weekend

Updated data shows 3.36% of DeKalb County residents have been fully vaccinated so far

Health officials on Monday announced 24 new coronavirus cases, representing three days’ worth of cases and bringing the total to 8,321.

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

The death toll remains at 109, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate in Region 1, which runs north to Rockford and west to the Iowa border, fell to 3.2%, and the county’s rate also fell to 2.9%, the lowest its been since before October.

According to state data, 14,101 total vaccine doses have been administered to DeKalb County residents, and 3,499 residents, or 3.36% of the county’s population of 104,143, have been fully vaccinated.

Doses are expected to be significantly reduced until about the week of March 8, as the DeKalb County Health Department announced its weekly allotment would be slashed by 75%, from about 1,200 doses weekly to between 200 and 300. The state health department then announced that second doses would be prioritized over first doses statewide until March, citing a statewide vaccine shortage.

This week is expected to record an uptick in dose deliveries, after a Sycamore educator vaccine clinic was postponed due to winter weather delaying federal shipments of vaccine. Last week, the DeKalb County Health Department didn’t receive any COVID-19 vaccine due to weather delays, but health officials said they expected those deliveries to arrive this week.

By the numbers

Of the new COVID-19 cases, four were in residents 19 or younger, five in their 20s, three in their 30s, five in their 40s, two in their 50s, two in their 60s, two in their 70s and one in their 80s or older.

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 11 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 1,389 cases in DeKalb County residents ages 19 or younger, 1,952 in their 20s, 1,245 in their 30s, 1,173 in their 40s, 1,049 in their 50s, 721 in their 60s, 407 in their 70s and 385 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 3,576 and 3,580 cases. There are between 1,691 and 1,695 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, 71 and 75 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 3,449 cases reported and 54,758 tests administered (a positivity rate of 6.2%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 1,697 cases and 19,206 tests (8.8%); the 60111 ZIP code, including Clare, reported 19 cases and 208 tests (9.1%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 370 cases and 3,937 tests (9.3%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 665 cases and 5,820 tests (11.4%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 180 cases and 1,577 tests (11.4%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 235 cases and 2,130 tests (11%); the 60150 ZIP code, including Malta, had 95 cases and 1,276 tests (7.4%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 296 cases and 3,047 tests (9.7%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 201 cases and 2,238 tests (8.9%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 1,151 cases and 11,623 tests (9.9%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 120 cases and 1,275 tests (9.4%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 106 cases and 1,224 tests (8.6%).

The IDPH reported 1,175,655 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 20,303 people have died statewide. There have been 17,660,161 tests performed to date.

According to weekly recovery and testing data released Feb. 19, a total of 7,544 residents have recovered from the virus while 644 are in recovery. There have been 114,155 tests run.

According to weekly vaccine data, as of Feb. 19 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 the week prior. Updated data is expected Friday.

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.