Evanston/Skokie School District 65 reported today that COVID-19 exposures among students and staff fell dramatically this week to 35 from the 82 reported a week ago.

Cases had spiked in the first three weeks after spring break, but fell this week, the fourth week back. 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 15 at Chute Middle School, followed by a tie with five each at Haven Middle School and the JEH Early Childhood Center.

Evanston Township High School reported 45 students in quarantine this week. That was down from 47 students and one staff member in quarantine plus five new student COVID cases last week.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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