COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, diabetes, and severe autoimmune conditions seem to be at a higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
COVID-19 can affect anyone, and the disease can cause symptoms ranging from mild to very severe. For some other illnesses caused by respiratory viruses (such as influenza), some people may be more likely to have severe illness than others because they have characteristics or medical conditions that increase their risk.
The best way to prevent COVID- 19 is by getting vaccinated, wearing a face mask, and being in settings with adequate ventilation.
Is this a reportable illness?
This is a reportable illness to CDPH. Please work with your school nurse to confirm this diagnosis, gather the needed information and report as soon as possible but within 48-72 hours.
This is authorized by the IL School Code 105 ILCS 10/6(a)(7)
Individual cases must be reported but for COVID outbreaks are defined as 3 or more cases that are epidemiologically linked.
Those exposed are no longer required to be excluded (quarantine) to COVID-19.
Rather, persons exposed to someone with COVID-19 should wear a well-fitted mask when around others at home or indoors in public for ten days, monitor for symptoms, and test at least five days after the last exposure.
Serial testing may help to identify cases more quickly following a known exposure and may be performed on days 3 and 5.
Clusters: The school nurse should report to CDPH and notify parents of those who have shared a classroom or cohort of suspected positive cases.
Outbreaks: The school nurse should notify CDPH and all affected individuals. This includes close contacts, parents of both close contacts & suspected cases, and the larger school community (i.e. impacted classrooms, teachers, staff, and faculty).