Total COVID-19 cases top 9,000 in DeKalb County Wednesday, vaccine doses top 45K

More than 45,000 doses administered; 14.32% of population fully vaccinated

Coronavirus cases in DeKalb County topped 9,000 Wednesday as the county recorded 31 more cases over the past 24 hours, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.

That brings the total number of cases to 9,018. No new deaths were reported, and the death toll remains at 115.

There remains no virus activity currently among DeKalb County long-term care facilities, according to the county health department.

According to Illinois Department of Public Health data, 45,223 total vaccine doses have been administered to DeKalb County residents, and 14,918 residents, or 14.32% 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 828, with 6,205 doses of total reported inventory, according to state numbers – 6,005 at the health department and 200 at community partners. The inventory numbers are according to state health officials, and may differ from local numbers, according to DeKalb County health officials.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate for Region 1, which runs north to Rockford and west to the Iowa border, fell to 5.9%, from 6.2% the day prior. The county rate fell to 4.7%. Positivity rates are reported with a three-day data lag. Region 1 also reports a 7-day average of 84 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.

By the numbers

Of the new cases Wednesday, 11 were in residents 19 or younger, seven in their 20s, four in their 30s, five in their 40s, two in their 50s and two in their 60s.

In total, there have been 1,520 cases in DeKalb County residents 19 or younger, 2,126 in their 20s, 1,358 in their 30s, 1,274 in their 40s, 1,134 in their 50s, 774 in their 60s, 436 in their 70s and 396 in their 80s or older.

There have been 67 deaths reported in DeKalb County residents in their 80s or older, 18 in their 70s, 18 in their 60s, six in their 50s, three in their 40s, one in their 30s, one in their 20s, and one infant.

According to county data, DeKalb has seen between 3,921 and 3,925 cases. There are between 1,826 and 1,830 cases in Sycamore; 801 and 805 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site); 716 and 720 in Genoa; 421 and 425 cases in Cortland; 226 and 230 cases in Hinckley; 221 and 225 in Kirkland; 191 and 195 in Kingston; 171 and 175 cases in Somonauk; 121 and 125 in Waterman; 111 and 115 in Shabbona and Malta; 76 and 80 in Maple Park; 21 and 25 in Clare and Earlville; 16 and 20 in Earlville; 11 and 15 in Leland and Esmond; and six and 10 in Lee. 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 3,765 cases reported and 67,499 tests administered (a positivity rate of 5.5%); the 60178 ZIP code, including Sycamore, had 1,831 cases and 21,610 tests (8.4%); the 60111 ZIP code, including Clare, reported 22 cases and 244 tests (9%); the 60112 ZIP code, including Cortland, had 417 cases and 4,520 tests (9.2%); the 60135 ZIP code, including Genoa, had 707 cases and 6,526 tests (10.8%); the 60145 ZIP code, including Kingston, had 187 cases and 1,787 tests (10.4%); the 60146 ZIP code, including Kirkland, had 243 cases and 2,387 tests (10.1%); the 60150 ZIP code, including Malta, had 106 cases and 1,468 tests (7.2%); the 60151 ZIP code, including parts of Maple Park in both DeKalb and Kane counties, had 318 cases and 3,401 tests (9.3%); the 60520 ZIP code, including Hinckley, had 223 cases and 2,658 tests (8.3%); the 60548 ZIP code, including Sandwich, had 1,215 cases and 12,900 tests (9.4%); the 60550 ZIP code, including Shabbona, had 122 cases and 1,446 tests (8.4%); and the 60556 ZIP code, including Waterman, had 116 cases and 1,412 tests (8.2%).

The IDPH reported 1,265,457 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 21,423 people have died statewide. There have been 20,818,451 tests performed to date.

According to testing and recovery data released weekly on Fridays by the county, 7,952 DeKalb County residents have fully recovered as of March 26, and there have been 129,858 tests run on county residents. Updated recovery data is expected Monday.

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.