Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School officials reported Friday afternoon in a letter to parents a member of the community had tested positive for COVID-19.
“We have already contacted the people in the building who we believe have been in close contact with this person. “Close contact” is defined as being within six feet for 15 minutes or more of the person who tested positive.” Superintendent Dr. Scott Wakeley said in a letter to parents. “I want our community to know that our top priority will always be the health and safety of our students and staff.”
Wakeley did not offer further information on what role in the school the ‘close contact’ was, leaving the door open for anyone within the school district community.
To date, no official confirmed case reports have been released by BBCHS since schooling resumed. If confirmed, the school would become the fifth with cases in Kankakee County, joining Olivet Nazarene University, St. Anne School District, Bradley School District 61, and Momence Schools. All have reported cases of COVID-19 since returning to classrooms.
Last week, the Kankakee County Health Department reported 131 cases of COVID-19, making up 23.5% of all active cases in the County.
As of Friday, there were 556 active cases in Kankakee County, with 8 residents hospitalized with the disease. Last week marked the largest single week in newly reported cases in the County to date, averaging one new confirmed case per hour over the five-day reporting period. Of cases reported in the last week, 11 were teenage age or younger.
Region 7, which includes Will County, hit 8.0% positivity for the first time since mitigation regions were put into place. If metrics hold three days in a row, new mitigation strategies could be put into place by the State of Illinois.