Based on current guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Lake County Health Department, below are details about the response to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 at LFCDS. The details offered here are subject to change in response to changes in the guidance from public-health officials.

suspected for covid-19 (symptomatic but without positive test)

Suspected for COVID-19 (symptomatic but without a positive test)

  • Suspected COVID-19 is when an individual exhibits any one or more of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19:

      • Fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater) or chills

      • Cough

      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

      • Fatigue

      • Muscle or body aches

      • Headache

      • New loss of taste or smell

      • Sore throat

      • Congestion

      • Nausea or vomiting

      • Diarrhea

  • When an individual is suspected for COVID-19 at home (i.e., showing one or more symptoms), the individual and all household members should remain home and seek medical guidance for the symptomatic individual.

  • When an individual is suspected for COVID-19 at school (i.e., showing one or more symptoms), the individual and any household members at school will be sent home. Medical guidance should be sought for the symptomatic individual.

  • When can an individual suspected for COVID-19 return to school?

    • If able to present a doctor's note stating an alternative diagnosis AND if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications AND if other symptoms have improved.

      • This option is available only if the individual has not had close contact with a confirmed case.

OR

    • If able to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result AND if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications AND if other symptoms have improved.

      • The negative COVID-19 test must be from a specimen collected 48 hours prior to or after symptom onset.

OR

    • After staying home for at least 10 days from onset of symptoms AND if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications AND if other symptoms have improved.

  • Before an individual who has been suspected for COVID-19 (and household members) returns to school, the school nurse must be contacted and give clearance to do so.

Confirmed or probablE for covid-19

  • Confirmed COVID-19 is when an individual with a positive COVID-19 test result.

  • Probable COVID-19 is when an individual has COVID-19-like symptoms and also has had close contact with a confirmed case.

  • When an individual is confirmed for COVID-19, the individual and all household members should remain home in isolation.

  • When an individual is confirmed or probable for COVID-19:

    • The individual must remain home in isolation for 10 days from date of first symptom onset or positive test (if asymptomatic) AND fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication AND other symptoms have improved before returning to school.

  • Before an individual who has been confirmed or probable for COVID-19 returns to school, the school nurse must be contacted and give clearance for the individual to do so.

  • When an individual is confirmed or probable for COVID-19, all household members must follow Close Contact protocol (see below).

  • If any household member is confirmed or probable for COVID-19, the school nurse must be notified.

close contact with confirmed or probablE covid-19 case

  • Close contact occurs when an individual has been within 6 feet, for at least 15 minutes through the course of a day (with or without a face covering) with an individual confirmed or probable for COVID-19.

  • The period of close contact begins 2 calendar days before the onset of the symptoms or 2 calendar days before the positive test (for an asymptomatic person).

  • If an individual had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, the individual must remain at home in isolation for 14 days before returning to school.

    • If the quarantined close contact develops symptoms associated with COVID-19, the individual should isolate for 10 days from symptom onset and should be tested for COVID-19.

    • Household members of close contacts (e.g., siblings and parents of close contacts) must remain home from school until the close contact individual receives a negative COVID-19 test result (test administered at least five days after last exposure to the confirmed case) or until 14 days have elapsed, symptom-free from last exposure--whichever occurs first.

  • If an individual had close contact with a probable COVID-19 case awaiting test results, the individual must remain at home in isolation for 14 days or until a negative COVID-19 test result is received, whichever occurs first.

    • If the quarantined close contact develops symptoms associated with COVID-19, the individual should isolate for 10 days from symptom onset and should be tested for COVID-19.

  • Close contacts of close contacts of confirmed cases (i.e., secondary exposure) do not necessarily need to quarantine.

    • Household members of close contacts (e.g., siblings and parents of close contacts) must remain home from school until the close contact individual receives a negative COVID-19 test result or until 14 days have elapsed, symptom-free from last exposure--whichever occurs first.

  • Before any individual who has remained home for COVID-19-related reasons may return to school, the nurse must first be contacted and give clearance for the individual to do so.

Communications and confidentiality

  • If any household member of an LFCDS student, faculty, or staff member (including the student, faculty, or staff member themselves) tests positive for COVID-19, the school nurse should be notified immediately.

  • Unless there is a compelling reason not to do so, the School will communicate news of a confirmed case in a student, faculty, or staff member to all current families, faculty, and staff, without revealing the identity of the confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • The School will communicate separately with all affected members of the community who it has reason to believe are close contacts of that confirmed case.

  • The Lake County Department of Public Health will also be notified of any confirmed cases and will lead contact tracing with the support of the School.

  • Contact tracing will be conducted to determine what students or faculty/staff will be required to quarantine.

  • Simply because a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 does not necessarily mean the entire class will be required to quarantine. The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Lake County Health Department require and recommend that only close contacts, as defined above, quarantine for 14 days from the time of last close contact with the individual.

    • It is likely that all the students in a pod would be treated as close contacts and be required to quarantine in the event that a student in that pod tests positive.

    • It may or may not be the case that the teachers of that student would be required to quarantine, depending on the level of close contact that teachers have with the infected student. The same is true for students in the event of a confirmed case in a faculty or staff member.

  • The identity of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 must be reported to the Lake County Health Department (LCHD) for use in surveillance and contact tracing activities. However, confidentiality laws prohibit the school from disclosing the individual’s identity to anyone other than the public-health authorities.

In the event an individual requires COVID-19 testing, please find a list of testing sites below. This is an evolving list and hope you find this information helpful though we do not take responsibility for any changes to testing site information.

Lake Forest Acute Care

1025 Everett Rd., Lake Forest.

Call for an appointment: 847-234-7950

Affordable Labs Inc.

850 N. Milwaukee, Vernon Hills, IL

Testing Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

847-367-8636

CVS

3001 W. Washington, Waukegan, IL

Appointment required: (847) 406-2261

Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center

2323 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, IL

Will only test patients previously seen at Erie Health Center. Not accepting new patients.

Waukegan Community-Based Testing Site

102 W. Water St., Waukegan, IL

Testing daily from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Arlington Heights Community-Based Testing Site

200 Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL

Testing daily from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rosalind Franklin University Health Clinics

3471 Green Bay Rd.

North Chicago, IL 60064

747-743-4357 option 3 OR 224-570-7575 (COVID hotline)

Drive-through testing

CLICK HERE for a list of IDPH Mobile Testing Sites running offering free COVID-19 Testing

CLICK HERE to read IDPH Health FAQs for handling suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases

CLICK HERE to review the IDPH Decision Tree Guidance for COVID-19 Symptomatic Individuals

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