DeKalb County COVID-19 update: 1 death, 31 more cases, 81 more fully vaccinated

81 more DeKalb County residents fully recovered this week

DeKALB – Another DeKalb County resident was reported dead from COVID-19 Friday, while public health officials reported 31 new virus case and 81 more fully vaccinated.

The death was a resident 80 or older, and brings the total to 124 to date.

The new cases bring the total virus case count to 11,594, according to the DeKalb County Health Department, which also reported that 81 more residents fully recovered from the virus this week.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate for Region 1, which runs north to Rockford and west to the Iowa border, is 5.4%. The DeKalb County positivity rate is at 5.6%. Positivity rates are reported with a three-day data lag. Region 1 also reported a seven-day average of 105 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.

According to Illinois Department of Public Health data, 99,142 total vaccine doses have been administered to DeKalb County residents, and 49,019 residents – or 47.07% of the county’s population of 100,420, according to 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data – have been fully vaccinated.

The seven-day rolling average of doses administered to county residents is at 144, with 2,204 doses of total reported inventory – 1,534 at the health department and 670 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.

By the numbers

There are three local long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 cases as of Friday.

Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center reports four employees have contracted the virus. Bethany Rehabilitation and Health Care Center reports two employees with COVID-19. DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center reports an outbreak of three, including two employees and one resident.

Updated vaccination by ZIP code data shows the percentages of residents in DeKalb County ZIP codes have been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, Sept. 8. ZIP code population data used by the IDPH utilized unofficial 2018 Census data, including those 12 and older, according to IDPH spokesperson Melaney Arnold.

This data is provisional and will be updated every Wednesday, according to IDPH:

In the 60111 (includes Clare) ZIP code, 88.67% of the population is fully vaccinated. In the 60112 (Cortland) ZIP code, 51.17% is fully vaccinated. In the 60115 (DeKalb) ZIP code, 43.06% is fully vaccinated. In 60135 (Genoa), it’s 51.74%. In 60145 (Kingston), 38.65% is fully vaccinated. In 60146 (Kirkland, Fairdale), 38.38% is fully vaccinated. In 60150 (Malta), 45.92% is fully vaccinated. In 60151 (Maple Park), 50.4% is fully vaccinated. In 60178 (Sycamore), 56.11% is fully vaccinated. In 60520 (Hinckley), 47.65% is fully vaccinated. In 60548 (Sandwich), 46.59% is fully vaccinated; in 60550 (Shabbona), 43.67% is fully vaccinated; and in 60556 (Waterman), 45.69% is fully vaccinated.

Of the new cases reported Friday, 10 were in residents age 19 or younger, five in their 20s, six were in their 30s, three in their 40s, four in their 50s and three in their 60s.

In total, there have been 2,202 cases in residents age 19 or younger, 2,805 in their 20s, 1,762 in their 30s, 1,550 in their 40s, 1,393 in their 50s, 953 in their 60s, 495 in their 70s and 434 in their 80s or older.

Of the 124 deaths reported in DeKalb County, 72 were in residents in their 80s or older, 20 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 most recently updated Friday, there have been between 5,136 and 5,140 cases in DeKalb, 2,306 and 2,310 cases in Sycamore, 991 and 995 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 906 and 910 in Genoa, 261 and 265 cases in Kingston, 541 and 545 cases in Cortland, 281 and 285 cases in Hinckley, 271 and 275 in Kirkland, 236 and 240 cases in Somonauk, 156 and 160 in Waterman, 156 and 160 in Malta, 136 and 140 in Shabbona, 101 and 105 in Maple Park, 26 and 30 in Earlville, 26 and 30 in Clare, 11 and 15 in Leland, 16 to 20 in Esmond, and six and 10 in Lee. Hampshire and Rochelle each reported between one and five cases.

The IDPH reported that 1,564,386 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 24,261 people have died statewide. The department reported that 29,756,833 tests have been administered to date.

According to testing and recovery data released by the county every Friday, 10,805 DeKalb County residents have fully recovered as Sept. 10 and 190,692 tests of county residents have been completed.

Kelsey Rettke

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.