The Ogle County Health Department reported its sixth death since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and three new cases on Tuesday, Sept. 15 totaling 595. Recoveries of documented cases stand at 535.
The death reported Tuesday was a female in her 70s. The OCHD reported its last death in the county on July 10, its first since June 1.
There were three new cases to report Saturday, three on Sunday and 11 on Monday. Ages and locations of the individuals that test positive are not being released to protect their privacy.
OCHD Public Administrator Kyle Auman gave a presentation on the state of the pandemic to the Ogle County Board at its Tuesday meeting.
“Unfortunately I don’t have great news,” Auman said. “Ogle County and the region are trending in the wrong direction. We’ve had several days recently with double digit cases. Our seven-day rolling average is at 7.5. Warning stage is eight percent. We’re also reporting 92 cases per 100,000 people, well over the threshold of 50.”
Auman said 24 percent of the county population has been tested. That’s the highest in the region and among similar rural counties. The region is 6.2 percent positive as a whole. Several other counties around Ogle are in the warning stage or near it.
Currently 276 people related to Ogle County schools are being observed for concerns of COVID-19 exposure. Auman called that “a lot of work.” Mobile testing vans are coming to multiple towns in Ogle County near the end of the month.
“Rochelle will also have one from the state on Sept. 25 and 26,” Auman said. “KSB has started special student testing. Anybody who wants a test can get tested. We’re seeing asymptomatic or mild symptoms in children. Anyone who thinks they’ve been exposed should be tested.”
The Illinois Department of Public Health site said Tuesday that there are 266 cases in the 61068 zip code that includes Rochelle, Creston and White Rock.
Other listings for area zip codes are: Stillman Valley, 61084, 28 cases; Byron, 61010, 87 cases; Davis Junction, 61020, 25 cases; Oregon, 61061, 51 cases; Mt. Morris, 61054, 40 cases; Polo, 61064, 28 cases; and Leaf River, 61047, 11 cases.