DeKalb County public school COVID-19 cases, quarantine numbers for week ending Sept. 24

Cases remain about the same, while quarantine rates rise slightly in DeKalb, Sycamore schools

Over the past week, more than 700 DeKalb and Sycamore students were reported in quarantine due to possible COVID-19 exposure, and 55 more virus cases were identified in DeKalb County schools, according to data released Monday.

COVID-19 case and quarantine data released by DeKalb, Sycamore and Genoa-Kingston schools is provisional, with most recent statistics varying by district.

There is a 4.7% seven-day positivity rate within DeKalb School District 428 communities, including DeKalb, Malta and Cortland. From Sept. 18 through Friday, there were six employees who tested positive for COVID-19 and 36 students who contracted the virus in the DeKalb School District. One employee was quarantined, while 547 students were in quarantine districtwide.

According to enrollment numbers from the most recent available Illinois Report Card data, DeKalb School District’s quarantine rate is about 8.2% of its student body population, which was about 6,600 in the 2019-2020 school year.

In the Sycamore School District as of Monday, 12 students tested positive for COVID-19, with 34 students in quarantine due to close contact and 125 students in quarantine. One employee has tested positive for COVID-19, and one is in quarantine. Sycamore School District’s quarantine rate is about 4.2% of its student body of 3,713, according to the most recent available enrollment data.

The Genoa-Kingston School District has not publicly reported its numbers since Sept. 17. Superintendent Brent O’Daniell sent out a Tweet that day stating that four students tested positive for COVID-19, as did one staff member. As of Sept. 16, there are also 18 students quarantined and one staff person quarantined. According to enrollment data, that means about 1.13% of Genoa-Kingston School District’s student population of 1,587 is in quarantine.

Each school district updates its 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 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.