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The DeKalb County Health Department announced seven new cases of the novel coronavirus Friday. No new deaths or cases at longterm care facilities in the county were reported Friday.

There remain 69 cases at Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center and five deaths. DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center is still reporting three positive cases, all among employees. In total as of Friday, there are eight deaths and 465 total cases in the county, though nearly half have recovered to date.

According to the county's weekly recovery and testing update, there have been 6,632 total tests administered in DeKalb County for a positivity rate of 7% to date. The positivity rate was 8.3% last week. A total of 198 resident have recovered, as 21 new recoveries were reported this week.

Beginning Saturday, the DeKalb County Health Department will not provide COVID-19 daily updates on the weekends pending breaking news.

Among the new cases Friday include a resident under 19, three in their 20s, one in their 30s, one in their 60s and one in their 70s.

The total cases in the county include 35 in residents under 20, 106 in residents in their 20s, 89 in residents in their 30s, 70 in residents in their 40s, 66 in residents in the 50s, 30 in their 60s, 34 in their 70s, and 35 over 80.

The eight deaths from COVID-19 in the county include a man and woman in their 50s, a man and woman in their 60s, a woman in her 70s and three women in their 90s.

Updated municipality data was not yet provided on the county site. According to the information from Thursday, DeKalb has between 256 and 260 cases, Sandwich and Sycamore are reported to have between 51 and 55 cases. Genoa has between 31 and 35 cases, and Cortland has 21 to 25 cases. Kingston and Hinckley are reported to have between six and 10 cases. Kirkland, Esmond, Malta, Maple Park, Shabbona, Somonauk and Waterman each report between one and five cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lists cases and tests performed by ZIP code, while the county health department lists cases by municipality. Numbers vary from state and health departments due to data lags. The 60115 ZIP code (including DeKalb) had 252 cases reported and 2,579 tests administered. The 60178 ZIP Code (including Sycamore) has 50 cases and 971 tests. The 60135 ZIP code (including Genoa) has 32 cases and 383 tests, the 60145 ZIP code (including Kingston) has six cases and 88 tests, and the 60146 ZIP code (including Kirkland) has eight cases and 129 tests.

In total, IDPH reports 125,915 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19, while 5,795 people have died statewide. As of Friday, 1,000,919 tests have been performed. The site also lists statewide recovery rates, calculated by recovered cases divided by the sum of recovered cases and deceased cases. It remained at 92%.
As DeKalb County now looks to Phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, criteria will need to be met on contact tracing – how healthcare professionals track who a COVID-19 positive patient may have exposed and when – and testing capabilities. The county health department now looks to hire a contract tracer to aid the new requirements.

COVID-19 testing is being conducted at Northwestern Medicine health system hospitals and private lab facilities, including through Physicians Immediate Care and the Center for Family Health in Sycamore, which are prioritizing high-risk patients, first responders and health care workers and those experiencing severe symptoms.

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