University of Chicago brings isolation-in-place protocol back as COVID cases rise – NBC Chicago

As the so-called “stealth omicron” COVID subvariant continues its rapid spread in the Midwest, a school in Chicago is seeing a significant increase in cases and has announced the return of mitigation methods to help stop the spread of the disease.

According to the UChicago COVID-19 dashboard updated on Friday, the school recorded 267 new cases of COVID for the period April 8 to April 14.

The previous weekly tally was 180.

An April 15 UChicago Forward update released to students also said that due to the increase in cases, some isolation protocols — which had not been used for several months — would be returning.

“There are now 64 students in isolation accommodation on campus,” the update said. “Housing & Residence Life is using in-place isolation for a limited number of cases until numbers return to a lower level. This approach has been used temporarily in Winter Quarter. We will continue to rely on expert advice of UChicago Medicine.”

According to the university’s publicly released guidelines for people in isolation, “Anyone living on campus who tests positive for the coronavirus must live in isolation accommodation until they are cleared to return to campus by the university’s contact tracing team. People living off-campus are advised to self-isolate in their isolation usually lasts 10 days.”

The Chicago Maroon, the independent newspaper of the University of Chicago, reports that, based on emails sent to students by school officials, “isolation in place” was implemented earlier in 2022 and is the process by which students can self-isolate in their own dorms with the goal of conserving space in a different dorm specifically set aside for COVID isolation.

Where are COVID cases increasing in Illinois?

Last week, the Illinois Department of Public Health issued a warning that cases were increasing across the state, saying residents “should pay close attention to conditions in their local communities” and urged vaccinations and boosters for eligible populations.

While COVID-19 measures have improved or remained stable across most of Illinois over the past week, at least one county has seen an increase in community spread of the virus.

As of Friday, only one county in Illinois — Champaign County, where the University of Illinois is located — was listed as an average level of COVID transmission, compared to 101 other counties in the state, which reportedly experienced low community levels. .

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