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Number of Kane schools on state’s COVID-19 outbreak list falls for second consecutive week

KANE COUNTY – The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Jan. 28 COVID-19 school outbreak list has six Kane schools, down from seven schools on the Jan. 21 list.

New on the Jan. 28 list are Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School in Elburn with fewer than five cases among staff and students with the classroom as the source of exposure, and St. Charles East High School, with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure.

Remaining on the latest list from last week are Otter Creek Elementary School in Elgin, with six cases among students with the classroom with the source of exposure; Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin with seven cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure; Larkin High School in Elgin with fewer than five cases among students with sports as the source of exposure; and O’Donnell Elementary School in Aurora 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.”

According to IDPH, there were 2,994 new youth cases reported in Kane County between Jan. 16 and Jan. 22, the most recent data. That’s up from 2,416 new cases reported between Jan. 9 and Jan. 15, which was an increase from the 2,195 new youth cases reported in Kane County between Jan. 2 and Jan. 8.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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