Another COVID-19 death in DeKalb County Wednesday, death toll rises to 111

Vaccinated population in county rises past 5%, while Oak Crest leaves outbreak mode

A DeKalb County resident in his 80s died from COVID-19, marking the 111th death reported Wednesday, according to DeKalb County Health Department.

Vaccinations continue to rise, and as of Wednesday, more than 5% of the population of DeKalb County has been fully vaccinated for the novel coronavirus.

The DeKalb County Health Department on Wednesday also announced 31 new cases of the virus, bringing the total to 8,496. The 111th death, a man in his 80s, was not reported as linked to any long-term care facility.

There remains just one just one long-term care facility in outbreak mode, according to the health department, as Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center was removed from the outbreak watch list, finishing with 63 cases (31 in staff and 32 in residents with one death).

According to state data, 17,338 total vaccine doses have been administered to DeKalb County residents, and 5,232 residents, or 5.02% of the county’s population of 104,143, have been fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of doses administered to county residents is at 426, with 3,460 doses reported inventory – 2,740 at the health department (more than double the previous day) and 720 at community partners.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate in both the region and county rose slightly on Wednesday but is still poised to drop below 2%. The rate in the county rose to 2.1% in numbers released by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The rate for Region 1, which runs north to Rockford and west to the Iowa border, rose to 2.2%.

By the numbers

Of the new cases, eight were in resident under 20, eight were in their 20s, three were in their 30s, four were in their 40s, four were in their 50s, two were in their 60s and two were in their 70s.

There remains one long-term care facility 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).

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 40 cases on the state website during the facility’s second documented outbreak, up two from the week before.

There have been 1,412 cases in DeKalb County residents 19 or younger, 1,993 in their 20s, 1,270 in their 30s, 1,193 in their 40s, 1,075 in their 50s, 741 in their 60s, 424 in their 70s and 388 in their 80s or older.

There have been 66 deaths reported in DeKalb County residents in their 80s or older, 17 in their 70s, 17 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 3,636 and 3,640 cases. There are between 1,731 and 1,735 cases in Sycamore, 776 and 780 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 681 and 685 in Genoa, 386 and 390 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, 116 and 120 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 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 3,532 cases reported and 57,490 tests administered (a positivity rate of 6.1%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 1,733 cases and 19,798 tests (8.8%); the 60111 ZIP code, including Clare, reported 19 cases and 213 tests (8.9%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 383 cases and 4,048 tests (9.5%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 677 cases and 5,995 tests (11.3%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 181 cases and 1,623 tests (11.2%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 236 cases and 2,184 tests (10.8%); the 60150 ZIP code, including Malta, had 97 cases and 1,313 tests (7.4%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 302 cases and 3,123 tests (9.7%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 201 cases and 2,325 tests (8.6%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 1,168 cases and 11,931 tests (9.8%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 120 cases and 1,324 tests (9.1%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 108 cases and 1,270 tests (8.5%).

The IDPH reported 1,191,520 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 20,626 people have died statewide. There have been 18,315,522 tests performed to date.

According to weekly recovery and testing data released Friday, a total of 7,653 residents have recovered from the virus while 646 are in recovery. There have been 117,497 tests run.

Eddie Carifio

Has been the sports editor in DeKalb since 2014.