DeKalb County COVID-19 report: 56 new cases reported Wednesday, 320 more vaccine boosters

DeKALB – There were 56 more cases of COVID-19 identified in DeKalb County over the past 24 hours, according to health officials Wednesday.

The new cases bring the total coronavirus case count to 13,178 in the county, according to the DeKalb County Health Department. The local death toll remains at 135, with the most recent death being a woman in her 60s reported Monday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported 320 more COVID-19 vaccination boosters were administered to residents in DeKalb County as of Wednesday.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate for Region 1, which runs north to Rockford and west to the Iowa border, is 6.8%. The DeKalb County positivity rate is at 5.1%. Positivity rates are reported with a three-day data lag. Region 1 also reported a seven-day average of 138 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.

According to IDPH data, 114,024 total vaccine doses have been administered to DeKalb County residents and 52,163 residents – or 51.9% of the county’s population of 100,420 according to 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data – have been fully vaccinated. As of Wednesday, 8,570 booster shoots have been administered to county residents. The seven-day rolling average of doses administered to county residents is at 397.

By the numbers

There are three longterm care facilities reporting virus cases, including a third that entered outbreak mode Wednesday. Two facilities reported new cases.

Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb reports an outbreak of two cases, in one employee and one resident, according to the county health department.

Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich reports an outbreak of 10 cases of COVID-19: two staff members and eight residents, after adding five more cases Wednesday. The facility reported the deadliest outbreak in a county nursing home in 2020.

Sandwich Rehabilitation and Health Care Center continues to report four cases: two each in residents and employees.

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 Nov. 17. 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, 55.42% is fully vaccinated. In the 60115 (DeKalb) ZIP code, 45.92% is fully vaccinated. In 60135 (Genoa), it’s 56.36%. In 60145 (Kingston), 41.94% is fully vaccinated. In 60146 (Kirkland, Fairdale), 41.66% is fully vaccinated. In 60150 (Malta), 48.11% is fully vaccinated. In 60151 (Maple Park), 54.35% is fully vaccinated. In 60178 (Sycamore), 59.55% is fully vaccinated. In 60520 (Hinckley), 50.5% is fully vaccinated. In 60548 (Sandwich), 49.68% is fully vaccinated; in 60550 (Shabbona), 45.05% is fully vaccinated; in 60552 (Somonauk), 48.33% is fully vaccinated; and in 60556 (Waterman), 48.45% is fully vaccinated.

Of the 56 new virus cases reported Wednesday in DeKalb County, there were 15 in residents age 19 or younger, three in their 20s, 12 in their 30s, three in their 40s, nine in their 50s, six in their 60s, six in their 70s and two in their 80s or older.

In total, there have been 2,719 cases in residents age 19 or younger, 3,088 in their 20s, 2,020 in their 30s, 1,732 in their 40s, 1,553 in their 50s, 1,062 in their 60s, 542 in their 70s and 462 in their 80s or older.

Of the 135 deaths reported in DeKalb County, 75 were in residents in their 80s or older, 23 were in their 70s, 22 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 the delta or any other virus variant. 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 5,696 and 5,700 cases in DeKalb. Other cases include 2,671 and 2,675 in Sycamore, 1,161 and 1,165 in Sandwich and Plano (listed as one region on the site), 1,021 and 1,025 in Genoa, 296 and 300 in Kingston, 626 and 630 in Cortland, 336 and 340 in Hinckley, 336 and 340 in Kirkland, 271 and 275 in Somonauk, 186 and 190 in Waterman, 176 and 180 in Malta, 151 and 155 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 1,752,502 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 26,160 people have died statewide. The department reported that 37,537,725 tests have been administered to date.

According to testing and recovery data released by the county every Friday, 12,124 DeKalb County residents have fully recovered and 236,560 tests of county residents have been completed as of Nov. 12.