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.
Clusters: The school nurse should notify CDPH, the close contacts of suspected positive cases, and parents of both suspected positive cases & close contacts.
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).