Evanston/Skokie School District 65 reported today that COVID-19 exposures among students and staff more than increased to 82 this week to from 75 reported a week ago.

It was the highest weekly total of cases and persons in quarantine since the district returned to in-person instruction earlier this year. This is the third 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 22 at Nichols Middle School, followed by 21 at the JEH Early Childhood Center.

Data on COVID cases at Evanston Township High School this week was not available as of 6 p.m. Friday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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