AUBURN — The DeKalb County Health Department on Wednesday reported eight new cases of COVID-19 in DeKalb County residents.

The new patients include seven who are recovering at home, ranging in age from 1 to 77. Three are between age 47 and 59, and three others are older than 65.

The Health Department has no further information on the other new patient, who is age 47.

Wednesday’s new patients raise the county’s total to 723 cases overall and 204 in October, a rate of nearly 10 cases per day this month. The previous high was 5.6 cases per day in September.

The county recorded one case of COVID-19 in March, 19 in April, 18 in May, 121 in June, 56 in July, 137 in August and 168 in September.

To date, 16 DeKalb County residents have died while infected with COVID-19. The most recent death was reported Oct. 5.

Data from the Regenstrief Institute shows 65 DeKalb County residents have been hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 17 admitted to intensive-care units.

The Health Department recently issued an expanded set of guidelines for county residents:

• Masks are essential in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in asymptomatic people.

• Avoid groups where social distancing is not possible or is not being done.

• Keeping schools, restaurants and businesses open necessitates all of us teaming up and masking up.

• Lives can be saved and hospitalizations reduced through community teamwork.

• Please follow Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order requiring face masks in public settings.

• Continue to follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

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