Two more COVID-related deaths in Whiteside County

Two additional Whiteside County residents have died, the Whiteside County Health Department reported Sunday. Those COVID-related deaths involved a person in their 50s and a person in their 80s.

Whiteside County also had 27 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, involving three people under the age of 20, three in their 20s, six in their 30s, six in their 40s, three in their 50s, three in their 60s, two in their 70s and one over 80.

Lee County had three new cases on Sunday, involving people in their 20s, 50s and 70s. Seven additional Dixon Healthcare staff members also have tested positive, cases which are not reflected in the Lee County numbers.

Lee County also had 11 people lifted off of isolation on Sunday. Lee County late Saturday reported 27 new cases and 11 residents lifted off of isolation. Those new cases included two people under 10, two teens, five people in their 20s, seven in their 30s, two in their 40s, two in their 50s, four in their 60s and three in their 70s.

The Whiteside County Health Department announced 56 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, as well as seven recoveries.

The new cases involve seven people under the age of 20, 12 people in their 20s, 11 people in their 30s, six people in their 40s, nine people in their 50s, four people in their 60s, four people in their 70s and three people over the age of 80.

Ogle and Carroll counties did not report updated statistics on Saturday or Sunday.

Whiteside County has had 1,470 cases and 27 deaths. Lee County has had 706 cases, 502 recoveries and one death. Ogle County has had 1,179 cases, 953 recoveries and seven deaths. Carroll County has had 400 cases, 316 recoveries and 14 deaths.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen seven days of positivity increases and four days of hospital admission increases. The region’s positivity rate increased from 12.2% to 12.7%, jumping a full percentage point since Friday’s update. This remains the highest rate of any of the state’s 11 regions. Currently, 35% of medical/surgical beds are available and 37% of ICU beds.

After failing to lower its positivity rate below 8%, the North region (Region 1) was moved into the IDPH’s tier two mitigation measures beginning Sunday. Among other things, this means gatherings are limited to ten people and outdoor dining groups are limited to six people instead of ten.

The region’s counties that are reporting the highest positivity rates are Boone (15.8%), Winnebago (13.8%), and Whiteside (14.2%). DeKalb County’s positivity rate remained the same at 8.7%.

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.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 4,062 new cases and 24 COVID-related deaths. Statewide there have been 374,256 cases and 9,505 deaths.

Sterling has had 6,048 tests and 492 cases. Rock Falls has had 3,135 tests and 324 cases. Dixon has had 7,331 tests and 458 cases. Rochelle has had 4,882 tests and 583 cases.