The Schuyler County Health Department has released a statement regarding an outbreak of COVID-19 at Webster Elementary School in Rushville. According to the Health Department statement, an outbreak is determined by there being 2 or more confirmed positive cases from the same congregate setting. According to the Health Department, 4 students have confirmed positive tests for COVID-19. The full statement from the Health Department is below. MacombNewsNow.com reached out to Superintendent Beau Fretueg who referred any questions regarding the outbreak to the Schuyler County Health Department.
Rushville, Ill.- The Schuyler County Health Department (SCHD) is reporting an outbreak at the Webster Elementary School in Rushville, IL. There are currently 4 confirmed cases related to the school. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) defines an outbreak at a congregate setting as two or more laboratory confirmed positive case(s) along with others that are ill with symptoms. Public health officials are working to identify and actively monitor individuals who were in contact with the positive cases in an effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission. Due to Federal privacy restrictions, the release of any additional information on these cases is prohibited.
The Webster Elementary School is working with the Schuyler County Health Department and following direction and guidance from IDPH and SCHD, including but not limited to: testing students, teachers and staff for COVID-19, increased environmental disinfection, exclusion of ill staff and students, increased handwashing, wearing mask and face coverings indoors and maintaining three feet distance between students in correlation with school guidance. IDPH, SCHD and the facility will continue to work together in managing this outbreak. Individuals who may have been exposed to a positive COVID 19 individual should monitor for symptoms and are encouraged to get tested within 48 hours of onset of symptoms. An updated list of symptoms reported among patients with COVID-19 includes mild to severe respiratory illness with fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of sense of taste and/or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If experiencing unmanageable symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your primary healthcare provider.