DeKalb County COVID-19 report: 61 more fully vaccinated, 16 more cases reported Wednesday

DeKALB – DeKalb County added 61 more residents to its fully vaccinated total Wednesday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, and local health officials reported 16 more virus cases.

The new cases bring the total coronavirus case count to 12,566 in the county, according to the DeKalb County Health Department. The local death toll remains at 134 since Friday.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate for Region 1, which runs north to Rockford and west to the Iowa border, is 4.0%. The DeKalb County positivity rate is at 4.2%. Positivity rates are reported with a three-day data lag. Region 1 also reported a seven-day average of 88 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.

According to Illinois Department of Public Health data, 106,222 total vaccine doses have been administered to DeKalb County residents, and 51,748 residents – or 51.5% 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 259.

By the numbers

One local long-term care facility continues to report a COVID-19 outbreak as of Wednesday, although no new cases have been reported in days.

According to DeKalb County Health Department, Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center has reported seven employees have contracted the virus during the latest outbreak.

The health department considers a facility in “outbreak mode” if new virus activity is reportedly linked to the facility within 30 days. If the facility goes 30 days without reporting new activity, it will be taken off the health department’s outbreak website, health officials have said.

Updated vaccination by ZIP code data shows the percentages of residents in DeKalb County ZIP codes who have been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday. 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, 91.33% of the population is fully vaccinated. In the 60112 (Cortland) ZIP code, 54.75% is fully vaccinated. In the 60115 (DeKalb) ZIP code, 45.54% is fully vaccinated. In 60135 (Genoa), it’s 55.88%. In 60145 (Kingston), 41.3% is fully vaccinated. In 60146 (Kirkland, Fairdale), 41.05% is fully vaccinated. In 60150 (Malta), 47.75% is fully vaccinated. In 60151 (Maple Park), 53.78% is fully vaccinated. In 60178 (Sycamore), 58.97% is fully vaccinated. In 60520 (Hinckley), 49.93% is fully vaccinated. In 60548 (Sandwich), 49.9% is fully vaccinated; in 60550 (Shabbona), 45.94% is fully vaccinated; in 60552 (Somonauk), 47.81% is fully vaccinated; and in 60556 (Waterman), 48% is fully vaccinated.

Of the new virus cases reported Wednesday, there were five in residents age 19 or younger, three in their 20s, three in their 30s, one in their 40s, one in their 50s and three in their 60s.

In total, there have been 2,501 cases in residents age 19 or younger, 2,990 in their 20s, 1,911 in their 30s, 1,673 in their 40s, 1,496 in their 50s, 1,027 in their 60s, 521 in their 70s and 447 in their 80s or older.

Of the 134 deaths reported in DeKalb County, 75 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 as of Wednesday, there have been between 5,511 and 5,515 cases in DeKalb. Other cases include 2,506 and 2,510 in Sycamore, 1,106 and 1,110 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 966 and 970 in Genoa, 271 and 275 in Kingston, 601 and 605 in Cortland, 316 and 320 in Hinckley, 281 and 285 in Kirkland, 261 and 265 in Somonauk, 181 and 185 in Waterman, 171 and 175 in Malta, 141 and 145 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 11 and 15 in Lee. Hampshire, Marengo and Rochelle each reported between one and five cases.

The IDPH reported that 1,690,274 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 25,707 people have died statewide. The department reported that 34,999,894 tests have been administered to date.

According to testing and recovery data released by the county every Friday, 11,752 DeKalb County residents have fully recovered and 228,484 tests of county residents have been completed as of Oct. 22. There were 615 reportedly still in recovery, according to the DeKalb County Heath Department.