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South Elgin High School back on state’s COVID-19 school outbreak list

Number of Kane County schools on the list stays the same as previous list

KANE COUNTY – South Elgin High School is back on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 school outbreak list, which was updated Monday. The high school had previously been on the list before falling off a few weeks ago.

According to IDPH, South Elgin High School has fewer than five cases among staff members. Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, which had been on the list for several weeks, fell off the latest list. Therefore, number of Kane County schools on the list remains at 17, which is the same number of schools on the Nov. 19 list.

Four St. Charles School District 303 elementary schools remain on the list. According to IDPH, those schools are Anderson Elementary School, with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure; Corron Elementary School with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure; Lincoln Elementary School with fewer than fives cases among students and staff with the classroom as the source of exposure; and Wild Rose Elementary School with fewer than five cases among students and staff with the classroom as the source of exposure.

St. Patrick Catholic School in St. Charles is also on the list, with eight cases among students and staff with the classroom as the source of exposure.

IDPH updates the school outbreak list every Friday (except for last week because of the long holiday weekend). 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.”

Other schools that remain on the Nov. 29 list that were new on the Nov. 19 list include Marmion Academy in Aurora, with fewer than five cases among students and staff with the classroom as the source of exposure; Hillcrest Elementary School in Elgin with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure; Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Batavia with fewer than five cases among staff and students with the classroom as the source of exposure; Golfview Elementary School in Carpentersville with fewer than five students with the source of exposure not listed; Gary D. Wright Elementary School in Hampshire with six cases among staff and students with the classroom as the source of exposure; and Elgin Math and Science Academy with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure.

Other schools that remain on the Nov. 29 list include St. Peter’s School in Geneva, with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure; Louise White Elementary School in Batavia, with six cases with the classroom as the source exposure; Creekside Elementary School in Elgin with fewer than five cases with the classroom as the source of exposure; Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as the source of exposure; and Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin, with six cases among students and staff with the classroom as the source of exposure.

According to the IDPH, the school outbreak data “includes entries elicited from cases opened within the previous 30 days from date of update.”

Youth COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Kane County, with 387 new cases reported between Nov. 14 and Nov. 20, according to IDPH data.

There were 278 new cases reported between Nov. 7 and Nov. 13, and 226 youth cases between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6.