An entrance to Roosevelt Middle School is seen on Monday, Jan. 21, in River Forest. | ALEX ROGALS/Staff Photographer

An individual at Roosevelt Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19, and now 34 people who have been in contact with that person are in quarantine, according to a press release issued May 6 by River Forest School District 90 Superintendent Ed Condon. 

That brings the district’s totals to four confirmed cases this past week, said Dawne Simmons, communications and community outreach coordinator at District 90. The district believes the cases are not being transmitted through the school, and the case has been reported to the Cook County Public Health Department said the district.  

The Illinois Department of Public Health defines close contact as someone who was within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. 

On May 3, the district reported two people at Roosevelt, 7560 Oak Ave. in River Forest, tested positive for COVID-19, and 77 people were required to quarantine for two weeks, according to a release. Two days later, District 90 reported another COVID-19 case, and 17 more people were asked to quarantine. 

Simmons said individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be identified. The district plans to continue monitoring students and staff for signs of coronavirus symptoms and deep clean and disinfect areas impacted by potential exposure to the virus, the May 3 press release stated.   

The district also looks to continue enforcing other safety measures, including requiring all staff and students to wear masks at all times and teaching students the importance of wearing masks, social distancing and handwashing. 

Last month, District 90, which consists of two elementary schools and one middle school, reopened and returned to full-day instruction. 

“The health and safety of District 90 students, staff and families is our highest priority,” wrote Condon in the May 6 release. “As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. 

“Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately.” 

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