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Ogle County is in a COVID-19 ‘warning status’

Oregon School District sees second COVID-19 positive

Ogle County is in a COVID-19 “warning status” for one metric.

Its “new case rate” for the week of Aug. 30 until Sept. 5 was 90, per 100,000, being one of the highest rates since March and reaching warning status.

For the same week, it reached a 7.5 percent positivity percentage. The warning level for that metric is eight percent.

“With these numbers increasing we run the risk of needing to implement additional mitigation measures and restrictions on our activities,” The Ogle County Health Department wrote on its Facebook page Friday. “The mitigation measures could include no indoor dining, reductions in gathering sizes, the cancellation of indoor events and several other mitigation tactics to stop the spread of the virus.”

Ogle County has had several days in the last two weeks with double digit COVID-19 cases. It currently stands at 575 positive cases, 504 recoveries and five deaths.

The Oregon School District announced its second district-related COVID-19 positive Friday in an email to families. One staff member at Oregon Elementary School is positive and under quarantine.

“In this case, the individual had been out of school,” Superintendent Tom Mahoney said. “They didn’t feel well. The exposure came from somebody in their household. It didn’t impact the school. They had been out of school. It’s the first positive for an adult.”

There are seven students under quarantine at OES, one under quarantine at David L. Rahn Middle School, seven at Oregon High School and none at Chana. Staff-wise, there is one adult. under quarantine at DLR.

Oregon saw its first positive case during the early weeks of school. No exposure came to the rest of the district from that case, Mahoney said.

Mahoney said he’s grateful there hasn’t been an exposure that came from school or a larger outbreak and praised his families and staff for making the right choices.

His district, however, is prepared if an outbreak takes place.

“I think at some point it will make it in,” Mahoney said. “The numbers and how the spread works, the percentages say at some point we’ll be impacted. We’re preparing for the worst. Our goal is to keep as many kids in school for as long as we can.”

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