154 Cook County schools linked to COVID-19 cases, CCPDH tells I-Team
OAK PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- Two dozen students from Oak Park and River Forest High School have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the school's superintendent.
Superintendent Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams told students, staff and families in a letter that a significant number of those positive cases are believed to be linked to a large indoor gathering.
"Students, I implore you: Please stop engaging in risky behaviors. They put not just you and your families but our entire community at risk," Pruitt-Adams said.
The 24 cases were diagnosed between August 15 and September 9, the letter stated.
OPRF was one of the first Chicago-area districts to announce all remote learning for its 3,400 students, which began August 19.
The I-Team has learned that 154 schools in Cook County have been linked to a COVID-19 case or "close contact" with someone who is COVID-19 positive since August 24. Cook County Department of Public Health officials confirmed these case links via contact tracing.
CCPDH will not share which schools or the breakdown of how many cases are students/faculty/staff because of "privacy concerns" and the claim because the overall numbers are "sufficiently small people could guess who is sick."
Also, CCDPH officials tell the I-Team that "cases related to schools are reflecting community transmission and -- this could change, but for the time being -- we do not have concerns with school acquired cases at the moment."