DeKalb County resident dies from COVID-19, marks first death in nearly 2 months

91,334 total doses administered to county residents, 42.75% of population fully vaccinated

DeKALB – Another DeKalb County resident in their 80s or older has died due to COVID-19, according to local health officials Monday, marking the first local death in nearly two months.

According to the DeKalb County Health Department, the 121st death in the county was recorded between Friday and Monday, along with 12 new cases of the virus. The most recent death, a woman in her 50s, was reported June 7.

DeKalb County also added 171 more residents to its fully vaccinated population, according to health officials Monday, as the county nears 43% of its population fully vaccinated.

The new cases bring the total virus case count to 10,441, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.

According to Illinois Department of Public Health data, 91,334 total vaccine doses have been administered to DeKalb County residents, and 44,516 residents, or 42.75% 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 130, with 2,155 doses of total reported inventory – 1,765 at the health department and 390 at community partners, according to state numbers. The inventory numbers are according to state health officials and might differ from local numbers, DeKalb County health officials said.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate for Region 1, which runs north to Rockford and west to the Iowa border, is 2.3%. The county positivity rate is at 1.6%. Positivity rates are reported with a three-day data lag. Region 1 also reports a seven-day average of 18 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.

By the numbers

As of Monday, no new outbreaks have been reported among local long-term care facilities in DeKalb County.

Of the 12 new cases reported countywide, two were in residents 19 or younger, five were in their 20s, one was in their 30s, one in their 40s, one in their 50s, one in their 60s and one in their 80s or older, according to the county health department.

In total, there have been 1,890 cases in DeKalb County residents age 19 or younger, 2,562 in their 20s, 1,570 in their 30s, 1,412 in their 40s, 1,278 in their 50s, 856 in their 60s, 457 in their 70s and 416 in their 80s or older.

Of the 120 deaths reported in DeKalb County, 71 were in residents in their 80s or older, 18 were in their 70s, 18 in their 60s, eight in their 50s, three in their 40s, one in their 30s, one in their 20s and one infant.

According to county data, there have been between 4,661 and 4,665 cases in DeKalb, 2,061 and 2,065 cases in Sycamore, 896 and 900 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 816 and 820 in Genoa, 236 and 240 cases in Kingston, 471 and 475 cases in Cortland, 256 and 260 cases in Hinckley, 246 and 250 in Kirkland, 201 and 205 cases in Somonauk, 136 and 140 in Waterman, 131 and 135 in Malta, 121 and 125 in Shabbona, 91 and 95 in Maple Park, 21 and 25 in Clare and Earlville, 11 and 15 in Leland, 16 to 20 in Esmond, and six and 10 in Lee. Marengo, Hampshire and Rochelle each report between one and five cases.

The IDPH reported that 1,402,763 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 23,377 people have died statewide. The department reported that 26,386,287 tests have been administered to date.

According to testing and recovery data released by the county every Friday, 10,242 DeKalb County residents have fully recovered as of July 16, and 168,759 tests of county residents have been completed.

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.