DeKalb County public school COVID-19 cases, quarantine numbers for week ending Aug. 27

More than 300 students quarantined in DeKalb, Sycamore, Genoa-Kingston school districts as of Aug. 27

Two weeks into the new school year, DeKalb County school districts have updated online COVID-19 dashboards showing COVID-19 and quarantine rates among students and staff. Data is provisional, with the most recent available data showing cases for the week ending Aug. 27.

The data is as of last week, with most districts updating their online COVID-19 numbers once per week. It shows more than 300 students are quarantined in the county’s three largest districts, and 36 positive cases have been identified in students and staff in DeKalb, Sycamore and Genoa-Kingston districts cumulatively.

The DeKalb dashboard was updated Wednesday for the first time since school began. Sycamore’s dashboard was published on Friday, Aug. 3.

There is a 6.5% seven-day positivity rate within DeKalb School District communities, including DeKalb, Malta and Cortland. From Aug. 21 through Aug. 27, there were two positive staff cases and 12 positive student cases of COVID-19 in the DeKalb School District. Three staff members and 208 students are in quarantine.

In the Sycamore School District, for the week of Aug. 23, 17 students tested positive for COVID-19, with 54 students in quarantine due to close contact and 97 students in quarantine. No staff members tested positive for COVID-19 and no staff members are in quarantine.

In the Genoa-Kingston School District, from Aug. 18 through Aug. 27, five students tested positive for COVID-19. No staff members tested positive, but one is in quarantine. Sixteen students are in quarantine.

Each school district updates their COVID-19 reports at least once a week. In DeKalb, data is collected each Friday and will be updated on the district’s website each Monday, according to the website. Sycamore updates their COVID-19 dashboard daily, said Superintendent Steve Wilder. Genoa-Kingston’s data is released weekly via a Twitter post from Superintendent Brent O’Daniell which is also shared on the district’s website.

Katrina Milton

Katrina J.E. Milton

Award-winning reporter and photographer for Shaw Media publications, including The Daily Chronicle and The MidWeek newspapers in DeKalb County, Illinois, since 2012.