More Coronavirus Cases In Schools


The Hillsboro School District learned on Wednesday, Oct. 14, that two more Hillsboro High School students and one at Hillsboro Junior High tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.

That makes six Hillsboro students who have tested positive in the past week: four at the high school, one at the junior high, and one at Beckemeyer School.

“Fortunately, neither high school student has been in attendance during the 48 hours that preceded their development of symptoms over the weekend,” Superintendent David Powell said of the two latest cases at the high school.  “Therefore, no HHS students need to quarantine based on contact with these two students.”

That was not the case with the positive at the junior high, however.  That student was in attendance on Wednesday, Oct. 7, and developed symptoms on Friday, the superintendent said.  As a result of contact tracing for that student, 37 eighth grade students need to quarantine for the next two weeks.

So far this week, the Montgomery County Health Department has announced 32 new cases since Sunday, Oct. 11, for a total of 472.  With1,766 coronavirus tests reported so far this week, the positivity rate since Sunday is 1.8 percent.  As of Wednesday, Oct. 14, results from 12 tests remain pending.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, as of Wednesday, Oct. 14, 60 of the 67 cases among staff members at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro have now recovered from confirmed coronavirus cases, and 19 of the 22 confirmed inmate cases have now recovered.


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