Free COVID-19 testing at Lake Zurich High after athletic camp shut-downs

Sports camps there were shut down after cases among athletes

  • A free COVID-19 testing facility will be set up at Lake Zurich High School after athletic camps there were suspended after "a number of families" reported students who had participated tested positive for COVID-19.

      A free COVID-19 testing facility will be set up at Lake Zurich High School after athletic camps there were suspended after "a number of families" reported students who had participated tested positive for COVID-19. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 7/10/2020 7:44 PM

The Illinois Department of Public Health will operate a free COVID-19 testing site at Lake Zurich High School, where positive virus tests shut down athletic camps this week.

"Time is of the essence. We are recommending that any Lake Zurich community members who may have been exposed, regardless of age, get tested," said Dr. Sana Ahmed, medical epidemiologist at the Lake County Health Department. "This will help us identify positive cases and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The test site will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and July 19 at the parking lot outside the Lake Zurich High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Church St.

Test results will be made available by phone in four to seven days, according to health officials.

All Lake Zurich Unit District 95 sports camps planned at athletic fields at the high school were suspended -- and participants were urged to quarantine -- this week after "a number of families" reported students who participated in football, baseball and poms camps had tested positive for COVID-19.

District officials said they were notified by the families about the positive tests after the first day of camp, which was on Monday.

In a news release Wednesday, Lake County Health Department officials noted an upward trend in new COVID-19 cases among teenagers and young adults during the past two weeks while cases among other age groups have remained steady.

District 95 has not said how many students have tested positive. In their message to the community, administrators said federal privacy laws prevent the district from sharing the names of the student-athletes or providing "any information that would otherwise lead to the identification of a staff member/student."

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