More than 30 students from a high school in Illinois have tested positive for coronavirus after attending athletic camps.
Several Lake Zurich high school students were rejected from camps last Monday after failing health examinations.
But at least 36 people who participated in the camps – where face masks were only needed if they didn’t participate in physical activity and social distance only if they didn’t participate in exercise – now have COVID-19.
Some students who were allowed to enter the camp started to have symptoms during the day and were sent home.
A health department in Illinois announced on Tuesday that 36 students who attended Lake Zurich High School athletic camps last Monday tested positive for COVID-19 within a week.
Some students were expelled after thermometers discovered high temperatures, but tens who stayed later showed symptoms and tested positive
Messages encouraging students to sign up for camps showed their screening process of asking health questions and conducting temperature checks
The school took precautions by telling students not to share their belongings and to wear a mask if they did not exercise
In a letter last week, the school advised students not to share towels, shoes, water bottles, food, and other personal equipment. Students were not allowed to use showers, shared water coolers with cups or fountains.
As part of the screening process, parents and students had to stay in their cars and roll the car window down so that a coach could perform non-touch temperature checks and ask health questions.
The school district was notified last Monday evening that multiple students who attended camps in different sports later developed symptoms and received positive test results for COVID-19.
Last Tuesday, the Lake County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health met with school district officials and decided that all athletic camps should be closed until further notice.
Local authorities say they now have knowledge of the Lake Zurich High School students who all tested positive last week are linked to social gatherings that took place before the athletic camps just outside of Chicago.
They set up a parking lot in the school parking lot on Sunday, and 355 students and staff showed up to be tested while authorities trace contact to control the spread of the virus.
Results are estimated to be delivered within 4-7 days and it is expected that many more people connected to the school will have the virus.
The school is holding a new test for free testing this Sunday, with up to 500 tests available on a first-come, first-serve basis for students and staff for the first two hours, and the general public afterward.
Everyone who participated in the camp has been quarantined for at least 14 days since their last exposure, even if they get a negative test result, because the virus can be detected for two weeks.
The health department noted in a statement on Tuesday that while coronavirus cases had been delayed due to aloof measures, an increase in social gatherings could lead to cases recurring, as can be seen across the country.
“Our lives are very interconnected and this virus spreads very easily from person to person,” said Dr. Ahmed.
Even if you are not personally at high risk for a serious illness, keep in mind that every person you interact with may have someone around who is vulnerable.
“Please do your bit to protect your health and pay attention to others. Take the risks seriously so that your actions don’t lead to hospitalization or death. ‘
Lake County’s first COVID-19 case was reported on March 11.
As of Wednesday, 10,464 Lake County residents had tested positive for the disease and there were 429 related deaths.
Lake County is the second most affected county in Illinois under Cook County, having reported 96,186 cases and 4,741 deaths on Wednesday.
Across the state, there were 155,506 cases and 7,218 deaths.
Lake County data shows the steady increase in coronavirus cases since March. As of Wednesday, 10,464 residents were tested positive
There are 429 reported coronavirus deaths in Lake County
While Lake County residents aged 20 to 29 make up the majority of coronavirus cases, deaths are largely concentrated below those aged 80 and older