AUBURN — The DeKalb County Health Department on Thursday confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 in DeKalb County residents, raising the total to 36.

The latest cases involve a 27-year-old and a 30-year-old, both recovering at home, a news release said. The county did not release their genders.

“Please continue to follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines,” the Health Department advised in the news release. “Please wear a face covering while in public settings.”

The new cases marks the ninth and 10h for DeKalb County in the past seven days, the most in any week since the first local case was reported March 24. DeKalb still continues to have by far the fewest cases of COVID-19 among the four counties in the northeast corner of Indiana.

On a per-capita basis, Thursday’s state report showed DeKalb County with the eighth-lowest rate of cases among Indiana’s 92 counties, with 7.6 cases per 10,000 residents. The state report did not include DeKalb’s latest case, but it would not have changed the ranking.

DeKalb County has reported an age for 34 of its 36 virus patients. The average age of those 34 patients is 42 years. Only six are 60 years or older, and they range in age from 11 to 91. Only four of the 33 total patients were reported to be hospitalized.

DeKalb County has recorded only one death from a coronavirus patient, a 65-year-old man who died April 14 while hospitalized in Fort Wayne. He was the third DeKalb County resident to be confirmed, on April 3, as positive for the coronavirus.

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