Two Kane County school districts have recorded outbreaks, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s School-Aged Metrics page, but both were for less than five cases.
According to the IDPH, there were less than five cases among staffers at East Aurora School District 131 kindergarten through 12th grade schools. There were less than five cases among staff and students at Kaneland Scholl District 302’s John Shields Elementary School.
Statewide, for the week ended Aug. 21, the IDPD is reporting 91 cases of students between the ages of 5 and 11, 107 cases of students age 12 to 17, and 144 cases among students age 18 to 22.
Overall, 26 Illinois schools were listed with COVID-19 outbreaks. Cook, Lake and Will counties also experienced outbreaks.
IDPH is monitoring trends at the county, regional, and statewide level.
Outbreak information is reported once the outbreak investigation is considered complete. Some outbreaks are pending processing and evaluation and will be added as more complete information is available. The outbreak information is reported by local health departments to the Illinois Department of Public Health through an outbreak reporting system.
Specific outbreaks included are those that have been identified by the local health department to have five or more COVID-19 cases who may have a shared exposure on school grounds and are from different households.
Case counts for school-related outbreaks also include those associated with before and after school programs (e.g., school-sponsored sports). These outbreaks do not include secondary cases that may occur in a household member who has not been on school grounds.
Schools across Illinois are at various stages – in-person, remote, or hybrid learning. This can change at any time depending on outbreaks, test positivity, and new cases in the school or community.
All data is provisional and subject to updating as more information becomes available. Data is updated once a week on Fridays.
SOURCE: Illinois Department of Public Health