February 19, 2021
District 67 COVID-19 Dashboard Update
The District 67 COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated for the week of February 15, 2021, to reflect the latest information from our schools and local health departments. The incidence rates continue to decline at both the local and county levels. Due to delays with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reporting system, data are up to date through February 17, unless otherwise noted. Hospitalization data visualizations are up to date through February 8. Testing data visualizations are up to date through November 17.

The D67 Health and Safety Guidance document has been updated with the latest information from the Lake County Health Department (LCHD), IDPH, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The guidance can be accessed through “The MAP” on the District 67 homepage. In coordination with District 115, District 67 will utilize a two-pronged approach for travel guidance based on the (1) availability of the COVID-19 vaccine; (2) the District’s ability to implement recommended mitigation strategies; and (3) the latest recommendations from the LCHD and CDC. 

NON-VACCINATED STAFF AND STUDENTS
The LCHD recommends the following travel and quarantine guidance to prevent introduction and spread of COVID-19 in our communities from areas experiencing higher transmission of COVID-19.

Domestic Travel
COVID-19 infections continue to cause substantial community transmission across the country, including in Illinois and in Lake County. We continue to recommend avoiding all non-essential travel at this time. Remember that wherever you go, you should always follow public health guidelines - the 3 Ws - to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance. Do these things consistently to lower your risk. If you are returning from travel and have not followed the 3 Ws, please consider a 10-day self-quarantine, to keep our communities safe. This is not a mandatory quarantine or public health order. 

International Travel
Effective January 26, 2021, all air passengers over the age of 2 must present proof of negative COVID-19 test results prior to boarding their flight to the United States (CDC). The test should be completed no more than 72-hours prior to their return to the United States and includes all passengers, including U.S. Citizens. Further information regarding the order can be found on CDCs Requirement for Proof page.

Staff and students should continue to communicate travel plans with their designated building administrator. Staff and students returning from international travel may be asked to provide evidence of the negative PCR test results prior to returning to the building. 

VACCINATED STAFF AND STUDENTS
According the the CDC, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if (1) they are not showing symptoms COVID-19; and (2) if their contact with an infected person came at least two weeks after they received the second of the two-shot vaccination and within three months of that second dose. Staff and students who meet these criteria will not be required to quarantine or obtain a negative test upon return from travel.
Dr. Michelle M. Shinn