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Geneva High School now on state’s latest COVID-19 school outbreak list

KANE COUNTY – For the second consecutive week, there are 19 Kane County schools on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 school outbreak list on Dec. 17. Prior to last week’s list, there had been 17 schools on the list for the previous three weeks.

New on this week’s list are Geneva High School, with fewer than five cases among staff and students with sports as the source of exposure; Ferson Creek Elementary School in St. Charles with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure; O’Donnell Elementary School in Aurora with five cases among students with the classroom as a source of exposure; and Ronald O’Neal Elementary School in Elgin with five cases among staff and students with the classrrom as the source of exposure.

IDPH updates the school outbreak list every Friday. IDPH considers a school outbreak as “multiple cases comprising at least 10% of students, teachers, or staff within a core group or at least three cases within a specified core group. A core group means only those individuals who were together during an exposure period.”

Remaining on the Dec. 17 list from last week are:

Kaneland John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove with fewer than five cases with the classroom as the source of exposure;

Heartland Elementary School in Geneva with fewer than five cases among staff and students with the classroom as the source of exposure;

Elgin Academy with 10 cases among students with sports as the source of exposure;

Dundee-Crown High School with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure;

Mill Creek Elementary School in Geneva with fewer than five cases among staff and students with the classroom as the source of exposure;

Gates Elementary School in Aurora with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure;

Immanuel Lutheran School in East Dundee with seven cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure.

Lincoln Elementary School in St. Charles with fewer than fives cases among students and staff with the classroom as the source of exposure;

St. Patrick Catholic School in St. Charles with eight cases among students and staff with the classroom as the source of exposure;

Hillcrest Elementary School in Elgin with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure;

Gary D. Wright Elementary School in Hampshire with six cases among staff and students with the classroom as the source of exposure;

Elgin Math and Science Academy with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure;

Wild Rose Elementary School in St. Charles with 11 cases among staff and students with the classroom as the source of exposure;

St. Peter’s School in Geneva, with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure; and

Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure.

According to the IDPH, the school outbreak data “includes entries elicited from cases opened within the previous 30 days from date of update.”

New youth COVID-19 cases increased again in Kane County, with 716 youth cases reported between Dec. 5 and Dec. 11, the more recent data available. There were 586 cases reported between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, and 359 cases reported between Nov. 21 and Nov. 27.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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