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Ogle County cases climb to 1,541 as of Nov. 3

286 new cases were reported in a week

The Ogle County Health Department reported 37 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, Nov. 3, totaling 1,541. 

One hundred and sixty eight cases were reported Friday through Monday. 286 new cases have come in the past week. Ages and locations of the individuals that test positive are not being released to protect their privacy. 

Recoveries of documented cases stand at 1,223, with no new ones reported Tuesday. 

One new death was reported on Oct. 29, the county’s eighth. The county’s seventh death came on Oct. 16. The county reported its sixth death on Sept. 15, a female in her 70s. The OCHD reported its fifth death in the county on July 10 and its fourth on June 1. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health site said Tuesday that there are 665 cases in the 61068 zip code that includes Rochelle, Creston and White Rock. 

Other case totals are: Stillman Valley 75; Byron 261; Davis Junction 88; Oregon 122; Mt. Morris 70; Polo 70; Leaf River 30; and Forreston 47.

Regional Numbers

The Whiteside County Health Department on Monday announced 50 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 12 additional recoveries. The new cases involved three people under the age of 20, nine in their 20s, 11 in their 30s, six in their 40s, 10 in their 50s, seven in their 60s, two in their 70s and two over the age of 80.

For the week ending Nov. 1, Whiteside County had 431 cases, up from 263 the previous week. There were increases in every age group, the largest coming in people aged 30-39, which went from 43 new cases for the week ending Oct. 25 to 83 for the week ending November 1.

Whiteside County had 694 cases for the two-week period of Oct. 19-Nov. 1, compared to 327 for the previous two weeks.

Lee County announced 33 new cases Monday, with 18 residents lifted off of isolation having recovered. The new cases involved three people under the age of 12, three teens, nine people in their 20s, seven in their 30s, six in their 40s, two in their 50s, two in their 60s and one in their 70s.

Carroll County announced 25 new cases Monday, involving two children, two teens, four people in their 30s, five in their 40s, four in their 50s, four in their 60s, two in their 70s and one in their 90s.

Whiteside County has had 1,950 cases and 31 deaths. Lee County has had 938 cases, 604 recoveries and two deaths. Ogle County has had 1,504 cases, 1,223 recoveries and eight deaths. Carroll County has had 524 cases and 19 deaths.

Sterling has had 7,410 tests and 683 cases. Rock Falls has had 3,732 tests and 441 cases. Dixon has had 8,452 tests and 620 cases. Rochelle has had 5,207 tests and 660 cases.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen seven days of positivity increases and five days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 13.5% to 14.6%. This remains the highest rate of any of the state’s 11 regions. Currently, 36% of medical/surgical beds and 38% of ICU beds are available.

After failing to lower its positivity rate below 8%, the North region (Region 1) was moved into the IDPH’s Tier 2 mitigation measures – the only of the state’s 11 regions to reach the second tier. Among other things, this means gatherings are limited to 10 people and outdoor dining groups are limited to six people instead of 10.

The region’s counties reporting the highest positivity rates are Boone (19.7%), Stephenson (18.1%), Lee (17.6%, a five-point jump in one day), Whiteside (15.5%) and Carroll (15.6%). DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased from 10.6% to 10.3%.

To get back to the standard Phase 4 restrictions, the region will need to maintain an average positivity rate of less than or equal to 6.5% over a three-day period.

Gov. JB Pritzker was asked about the possibility of Region 1 being moved to Tier 3 mitigations, which would put even more restrictions on the region.

“Of course we have to consider Tier 3 mitigations,” Pritzker said during Monday’s news conference. “There are other things we can do. But I also want to remind everybody that it takes a couple to three weeks to have mitigations start to take an effect on positivity.”

Illinois has seen 423,502 cases and 9,810 deaths.

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