DeKalb County hits largest single-day increase yet, with 40 new COVID-19 cases Friday – DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb County hits largest single-day increase yet, with 40 new COVID-19 cases Friday – DeKalb Daily Chronicle

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DeKalb County reported its largest single-day increase of novel coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, as the DeKalb County Health Department announced 40 more cases of the viral respiratory disease Friday while positivity rates continued to rise.

The county also announced 21 new recoveries, as 1,179 residents have recovered from the illness. There have been 35,280 tests run on DeKalb County residents to date.

New cases were reported in all but one age bracket Friday.

According to the Illinois Public Health Department’s daily county testing data, which is on a three-day lag, DeKalb County had a rolling positivity rate of 8.2% on Tuesday, the seventh straight day without a decrease after a single-day positivity rate of 10.8% in the county.

The county’s health region began enhanced restrictions Saturday, with restaurants and bars prohibited from allowing indoor dining for at least two weeks. Region 1, which includes DeKalb, Sauk Valley and Rockford, reported a seven-day rolling test positivity rate of 8.8%. After a 14-day monitoring period, the region needs three days in a row of a rolling average of less than 6.5% to have the restrictions lifted. The region’s rate has not dropped below 8% since mitigations went into effect.

The death count in the county remains at 41 and total cases rose to 1,903.

Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion remained at 68 total cases and 14
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