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No additional Kane County schools added to state’s latest COVID-19 school outbreak list

KANE COUNTY – Kane County has 10 schools on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 school outbreak list for the second consecutive week. There were no new schools added to the Oct. 22 list, and no schools fell off from last week’s list.

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.”

St. Charles East High School first appeared on the Oct. 15 list. The school has fewer than five cases among students with sports as the source of exposure.

Other schools that remain on the outbreak list are Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, which has six cases among students, with the classroom as the source of exposure; Ferson Creek Elementary School in St. Charles which has nine cases among students, with the classroom as a source of exposure; West Aurora High School which has fewer than five cases among staff and students, with sports as the source of exposure; and South Elgin High School which has fewer than five cases among students, with the classroom as the source of exposure. All of them first appeared on the Oct. 8 list.

Kaneland Harter Middle School remains the Oct. 22 list, after it first appeared on Sept. 24, with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure.

Grace McWayne Elementary School in Batavia remains on this week’s report and has fewer than five cases among students, with a classroom as the source of exposure. It first appeared on the list on Sept. 17.

Also on the Oct. 22 list are Kenyon Woods Middle School in South Elgin with fewer than five cases among students; Creekside Elementary School in Elgin, with fewer than five cases among students; and Garfield Elementary School in Elgin, with fewer than five cases among staff and students.

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

There were 166 new cases in Kane County among youth 17 and under between Oct. 10 and Oct. 16, the latest data available, according to IDPH. That’s a decrease from 196 youth cases reported between Oct. 3 and Oct. 9.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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