Two more DeKalb County residents dead from COVID-19 Friday, while nine more cases reported

Friday marks lowest single digit daily case total in months as county nears 20K vaccines administered

Health officials on Friday reported two more DeKalb County residents died from the novel coronavirus. There were also nine new cases of COVID-19 identified in the past 24 hours.

The deaths were a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s. One of the deaths was at DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, the 12th at the facility and the only long-term care facility in the county currently in outbreak mode according to the DeKalb County Health Department website.

There have been 8,520 cases in the county and 113 deaths.

According to testing and recovery data released weekly on Fridays by the county, 52 more residents fully recovered from the viral respiratory disease this week, bringing the total recovered to 7,705, while 702 residents are currently in the recovery period. There have been 120,984 tests run on county residents.

According to Illinois Department of Public Health data, 19,369 total vaccine doses have been administered to DeKalb County residents (up more than 1,300 from the day before), and 6,236 residents (more than 900 from the day before), or 5.99% 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 556, with 3,620 doses reported inventory – 2,600 at the health department and 1,020 at community partners.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate for Region 1, which runs north to Rockford and west to the Iowa border, jumped to 2.4% - the highest it’s been since Feb. 23. The county rate doubled to 4.6% after an 11.4% day on March 2 - the most recent date on the state site because of a three-day lag.

By the numbers

Of the new cases, two were in residents under 20, three were in their 20s, one was in their 30s, one was in their 40s, and one was in their 50s and one in their 60s.

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, the same as the week before.

There have been 1,416 cases in DeKalb County residents 19 or younger, 2,000 in their 20s, 1,274 in their 30s, 1,199 in their 40s, 1,077 in their 50s, 742 in their 60s, 424 in their 70s and 388 in their 80s or older.

There have been 67 deaths reported in DeKalb County residents in their 80s or older, 18 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 3,666 and 3,670 cases. There are between 1,736 and 1,740 cases in Sycamore; 776 and 780 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site); 691 and 695 in Genoa; 391 and 395 cases in Cortland; 216 and 220 cases in Kirkland; 201 and 205 in Hinckley; 186 and 190 in Kingston; 166 and 170 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 3,542 cases reported and 58,318 tests administered (a positivity rate of 6.1%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 1,740 cases and 19,965 tests (8.7%); the 60111 ZIP code, including Clare, reported 19 cases and 217 tests (8.8%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 386 cases and 4,086 tests (9.4%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 680 cases and 6,057 tests (11.2%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 182 cases and 1,641 tests (11.1%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 236 cases and 2,198 tests (10.7%); the 60150 ZIP code, including Malta, had 97 cases and 1,332 tests (7.3%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 302 cases and 3,157 tests (9.6%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 201 cases and 2,345 tests (8.6%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 1,168 cases and 11,998 tests (9.7%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 120 cases and 1,338 tests (9%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 108 cases and 1,284 tests (8.4%).

The IDPH reported 1,194,702 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 20,700 people have died statewide. There have been 18,492,848 tests performed to date.

Eddie Carifio

Has been the sports editor in DeKalb since 2014.