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DeKalb County COVID-19 school update: G-K cases drop; Sycamore reports over 450 in quarantine

According to IDPH metrics, DeKalb County is considered in the substantial risk category in three of the four metrics for the Week of Nov. 1, the most recent week available. Seven-day positivity rate was 13.4% with a target of 5% – and that is up to 16.3%.

New cases per 100,000 residents are at 512, more than 10 times the target number of 50. Youth cases have also been on the rise. New cases have also been rising, but the rate is considered in the moderate zone.

As of Nov. 13, the Illinois Department of Public Health doesn’t list any confirmed school outbreaks in DeKalb County, though Sycamore Superintendent Steve Wilder said Tuesday state health guidelines qualify Sycamore High School as an outbreak site because there were more than five COVID-19 cases identified there last week.

Here’s where each school district in DeKalb County stands as of Monday with COVID-19 cases, according to data gathered from local districts:

Sycamore District 427

Sycamore began posting its COVID data late last week. For the week of Nov. 9, there were 28 staff and 34 students currently positive. There are 118 staff and 458 students currently quarantined in the district.

The district is continuing in-person learning for elementary students on a hybrid schedule while the middle and high schools are fully remote.

DeKalb District 428

In its weekly COVID-19 report on its website, DeKalb reported four positive staff cases and no student cases. One student and 22 staff members are quarantined.

DeKalb last week announced it was delaying its return for elementary students past Nov. 30 and allowing teachers to work at home, when possible, starting Monday.

Genoa-Kingston District 424

The Genoa-Kingston school district reported just one case of the novel coronavirus for the Week of Nov. 8-14, a downward trend that continued after the school returned from remote learning.

In late October the district went full remote until Nov. 9, returning last week to its hybrid model.

After 10 cases the week of Oct. 25 and four the following week, there was just one positive case, in a staff member. Eight staff and 54 students are quarantined.

Kaneland District 302

Kaneland also reported 40 new cases for the Week of Nov. 9. The district is switching to remote learning beginning Wednesday.


Indian Creek, Hiawatha and Hinckley-Big Rock numbers are not available on the schools’ websites, and the DeKalb County Health Department does not designate which cases are connected to schools on its website, which reports daily COVID-19 data specific to the county.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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