DeKalb County COVID-19 report: 53 more cases reported Wednesday following county ransomware attack

155 more fully vaccinated reported Tuesday, 55 more fully vaccinated reported Wednesday

DeKALB – DeKalb County added 155 more residents to its fully vaccinated total Tuesday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, and 55 more joined the count Wednesday.

After DeKalb County government offices reported online service interruptions following a Monday ransomware attack, the county health department identified as of Wednesday 53 more virus cases since Friday. The most recent update to DeKalb County health data was Friday, as Monday was a government holiday.

The new cases bring the total coronavirus case count to 12,306 in the county, according to the DeKalb County Health Department. The number of deaths remains at 133, with no new deaths reported Wednesday.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate for Region 1, which runs north to Rockford and west to the Iowa border, is 2.9%. The DeKalb County positivity rate is at 2%. Positivity rates are reported with a three-day data lag. Region 1 also reported a seven-day average of 114 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.

According to IDPH data, 103,238 total vaccine doses have been administered to DeKalb County residents, and 50,965 residents – or 50.7% 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 130.

By the numbers

Two local long-term care facilities still report a COVID-19 outbreak as of Wednesday, although no new cases were reported.

DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center reported an outbreak of four people, including three employees and one resident. Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center reported seven employees who have contracted the virus.

Updated vaccination by ZIP code data shows the percentages of residents in DeKalb County ZIP codes who have been fully vaccinated as of Oct. 13. 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 the IDPH:

In the 60111 (includes Clare) ZIP code, 92.67% of the population is fully vaccinated. In the 60112 (Cortland) ZIP code, 53.76% is fully vaccinated. In the 60115 (DeKalb) ZIP code, 44.69% is fully vaccinated. In 60135 (Genoa), it’s 54.6%. In 60145 (Kingston), 40.93% is fully vaccinated. In 60146 (Kirkland, Fairdale), 40.41% is fully vaccinated. In 60150 (Malta), 47.46% is fully vaccinated. In 60151 (Maple Park), 52.96% is fully vaccinated. In 60178 (Sycamore), 58.26% is fully vaccinated. In 60520 (Hinckley), 49.4% is fully vaccinated. In 60548 (Sandwich), 49.24% is fully vaccinated; in 60550 (Shabbona), 45.25% is fully vaccinated; in 60552 (Somonauk), 46.9% is fully vaccinated; and in 60556 (Waterman), 47.56% is fully vaccinated.

Of the new virus cases reported Wednesday, there were 16 in residents age 19 or younger, 11 in their 20s, five in their 30s, eight in their 40s, five in their 50s, five in their 60s, one in their 70s and two in their 80s or older.

In total, there have been 2,429 cases in residents age 19 or younger, 2,949 in their 20s, 1,865 in their 30s, 1,639 in their 40s, 1,460 in their 50s, 1,012 in their 60s, 509 in their 70s and 443 in their 80s or older.

Of the 133 deaths reported in DeKalb County thus far, 74 were in residents in their 80s or older, 23 were in their 70s, 21 in their 60s, nine in their 50s, three in their 40s, one in their 30s, one in their 20s and one infant.

The DeKalb County Health Department does not specify how many COVID-19 cases are linked to delta or any other variant of the virus. Testing for variants in positive COVID-19 results is done randomly and at the state level, according to local health officials.

According to DeKalb County data most recently updated Friday, there have been between 5,391 and 5,895 cases in DeKalb, 2,436 and 2,440 cases in Sycamore, 1,066 and 1,070 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 936 and 940 in Genoa, 266 and 270 cases in Kingston, 581 and 585 cases in Cortland, 306 and 310 cases in Hinckley, 276 and 280 in Kirkland, 256 and 260 cases in Somonauk, 171 and 175 in Waterman, 171 and 175 in Malta, 136 and 140 in Shabbona, 111 and 115 in Maple Park, 36 and 40 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 1,660,883 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 25,327 people have died statewide. The department reported that 33,443,341 tests have been administered to date.

According to testing and recovery data released by the county every Friday, 11,430 DeKalb County residents have fully recovered and 204,819 tests of county residents have been completed. Updated recovery numbers were not available Friday, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.

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.