Another DeKalb County resident dies from COVID-19, death toll rises to 126 Friday

DeKalb County COVID-19 update: 45 more virus cases, 67 more residents fully vaccinated Friday

DeKALB – A DeKalb County resident in their 80s or older is reported to be the 126th COVID-19 related death in the county as of Friday, according to county health department officials.

Health officials also added 67 more residents to DeKalb County’s fully vaccinated total, while 45 new virus cases were reported Friday. The new cases bring the total virus case count to 11,825, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate for Region 1, which runs north to Rockford and west to the Iowa border, is 5.8%. The DeKalb County positivity rate is at 6.3%. Positivity rates are reported with a three-day data lag. Region 1 also reported a seven-day average of 108 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.

According to Illinois Department of Public Health data, 99,966 total vaccine doses have been administered to DeKalb County residents, and 49,435 residents – or 49.2% 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 121, with 2,094 doses of total reported inventory – 1,280 at the health department and 814 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, and no new cases were reported in any of them as of Friday.

Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center reports five 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. 15. 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, 90% of the population is fully vaccinated. In the 60112 (Cortland) ZIP code, 51.52% is fully vaccinated. In the 60115 (DeKalb) ZIP code, 43.42% is fully vaccinated. In 60135 (Genoa), it’s 52.62%. In 60145 (Kingston), 38.91% is fully vaccinated. In 60146 (Kirkland, Fairdale), 38.87% is fully vaccinated. In 60150 (Malta), 46.28% is fully vaccinated. In 60151 (Maple Park), 50.67% is fully vaccinated. In 60178 (Sycamore), 56.51% is fully vaccinated. In 60520 (Hinckley), 47.94% is fully vaccinated. In 60548 (Sandwich), 47.14% is fully vaccinated; in 60550 (Shabbona), 44.09% is fully vaccinated; in 60552 (Somonauk), 44.58% is fully vaccinated; and in 60556 (Waterman), 46.13% is fully vaccinated.

Of the new cases reported Friday, 12 were in residents age 19 or younger, 10 in their 20s, nine in their 30s, six in their 40s, six in their 50s and two in their 60s.

In total, there have been 2,277 cases in residents age 19 or younger, 2,858 in their 20s, 1,798 in their 30s, 1,574 in their 40s, 1,411 in their 50s, 969 in their 60s, 500 in their 70s and 438 in their 80s or older.

Of the 126 deaths reported in DeKalb County, 73 were in residents in their 80s or older, 20 were in their 70s, 19 in their 60s, eight in their 50s, three in their 40s, one in their 30s, one in their 20s and one infant.

According to DeKalb County data most recently updated Friday, there have been between 5,236 and 5,240 cases in DeKalb, 2,341 and 2,345 cases in Sycamore, 1,016 and 1,020 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 921 and 925 in Genoa, 266 and 270 cases in Kingston, 556 and 560 cases in Cortland, 291 and 295 cases in Hinckley, 271 and 275 in Kirkland, 246 and 250 cases in Somonauk, 161 and 165 in Waterman, 156 and 160 in Malta, 136 and 140 in Shabbona, 106 and 110 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, Marengo and Rochelle each reported between one and five cases.

The IDPH reported that 1,590,342 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 24,546 people have died statewide. The department reported that 30,395,751 tests have been administered to date.

According to testing and recovery data released by the county every Friday, 11,043 DeKalb County residents have fully recovered as Sept. 17 and 195,173 tests of county residents have been completed.

Katie Finlon

Katie Finlon

Katie Finlon covers local government and breaking news for DeKalb County in Illinois. She has covered local government news for Shaw Media since 2018 and has had bylines in Daily Chronicle, Kendall County Record newspapers, Northwest Herald and in public radio over the years.