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Kankakee District 111 reports 96 in COVID quarantine

KANKAKEE – Nearly 100 students and staff are quarantined in Kankakee School District 111 after 51 positive COVID-19 cases.

The updated numbers came during last night’s Kankakee School District 111 Board of Education meeting at the Lincoln Cultural Center. 

Since the beginning of the school year on August 18th, District 111 has reported 36 students confirmed positive for the virus, with 93 now in quarantine.  At least 15 adults have also reported positive cases since that date, with three now in quarantine. 

It’s unknown what specific positions those adults held at the school. It comes at a time when the District is facing an overall staffing shortage.

As of Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has yet to report an outbreak among schools in all of Kankakee County.

The news comes on the heels of an announcement by former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb who predicted on CBS “Face the Nation” Sunday the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 could be approved by Halloween.

Gottlieb currently sits on Pfizer’s board of directors.

Nearly 2,400 kids nationwide were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the U.S. as of last Tuesday, a record high.

Kankakee School District 111 is composed of nine separate schools including Edison Primary, King Middle School, Taft Primary, Mark Twain Primary, Kankakee High School, Kankakee Junior High, Kennedy Middle School, Steuben Elementary, and Montessori Magnet.

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