DeKalb County public school COVID-19 cases, quarantine numbers for week ending Sept. 3

More than 500 students quarantined in DeKalb, Sycamore school districts as of Sept. 3

According to the most recent available COVID-19 case and quarantine data released by DeKalb County school districts Tuesday, there have been more than 500 local students in DeKalb and Sycamore districts in quarantine over the past week, and 55 cases of the virus identified.

Genoa-Kingston school district had not updated its numbers as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Data is provisional, with most recent statistics varying by district. In DeKalb, the data released Tuesday, Sept. 7 is as of Sept. 3. In Sycamore, the data is as of the week of Sept. 6. The most recent available data for Genoa-Kingston is dated Aug. 27.

There is a 5.5% seven-day positivity rate within DeKalb School District 438 communities, including DeKalb, Malta and Cortland. From Aug. 28 through Sept. 3, there were two positive staff cases and 29 positive student cases of COVID-19 in the DeKalb School District. Two staff members and 402 students were in quarantine districtwide as of last Friday, double the quarantine rate from the week prior.

In the Sycamore School District, for the week of Sept. 6, 24 students tested positive for COVID-19, with 41 students in quarantine due to close contact and 122 students in quarantine. No staff members tested positive for COVID-19 and no staff members are in quarantine.

The Genoa-Kingston School District, has not updated its COVID-19 numbers since Aug. 27, which shows that from Aug. 18 through Aug. 27, five students tested positive for COVID-19. No staff members had tested positive as of that time, but one was in quarantine, and 16 students were in quarantine that week.

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. In Sycamore, the COVID-19 online data page is updated weekly. Genoa-Kingston’s data is released weekly via a Twitter post from Superintendent Brent O’Daniell and is also shared on the district’s website.

Kelsey Rettke

Kelsey Rettke

Kelsey Rettke is the editor of the Daily Chronicle, part of Shaw Media and DeKalb County's only daily newspaper devoted to local news, crime and courts, government, business, sports and community coverage. Kelsey also covers breaking news for Shaw Media Local News Network.