Evanston/Skokie School District 65 reported today that COVID-19 cases among students and staff more than doubled this week to 75 from 29 reported a week ago.

It was the highest weekly total of cases since the district returned to in-person instruction earlier this year. This is the second week since District 65 schools returned from spring break. The total the week before spring break was 17 cases.

The district’s case counts include both new COVID positive cases among students and staff as well as students and staff who are in quarantine because either they or someone they were in close contact with either exhibited COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for the disease.

The highest number of persons affected this week was two dozen at Nichols Middle School, followed by 13 at the JEH Early Childhood Center.

Reported COVID cases declined slightly this week at Evanston Township High School, to 17 cases from 18 last week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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