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Number of Kane schools on state’s COVID-19 outbreak list drops this week

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s March 4 COVID-19 school outbreak list has five Kane County schools, down from eight schools on the Feb. 25 list.

There are no new schools on the March 4 list, yet five schools from the Feb. 25 list remain on the list.

Those five schools are Lincoln Elementary School in St. Charles with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure; Wild Rose Elementary School in St. Charles with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure; Elgin Math and Science Academy, with nine cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure; Hoover Wood Elementary School in Batavia with seven cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure; and St. Patrick School in St. Charles with five cases among students with the classroom 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.”

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 143 new youth COVID-19 cases reported in Kane County between Feb. 20-26, the latest data available, according to IDPH data. That’s down from 285 new youth cases reported in Kane County between Feb. 13-19.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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