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Jason Addy, Contributing Editor
10:32 am CDT March 24, 2020

A teacher at Loyola Academy has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to officials at the Wilmette Catholic school.

School officials learned late Saturday, March 21, that a teacher tested positive for COVID-19, making it the first confirmed case linked to the schools, President Rev. Patrick McGrath and Principal Charles Heintz say in a statement posted March 22 on the Loyola Academy website.

According to officials, the teacher started exhibiting symptoms of the virus on Friday, March 20, and tested positive the next day. The teacher last had contact with students on March 12, the statement reads.

“The individual is recovering at home and has our full support,” McGrath and Heintz say in the statement. “Please join us in praying for our community member’s quick recovery and comfort while combating this illness.”

Loyola Academy, which serves more than 2,000 Chicago-area students, closed March 9-10 after a student and his family had contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. The individual who tested positive had not been on Loyola’s campus at any time.

The Loyola student exposed to the coronavirus was in class through March 6. He and his family underwent a 14-day quarantine and did not manifest symptoms of COVID-19.

More than a dozen people affiliated with the North Shore have reported exposure to the coronavirus with at least seven confirmed or suspected cases, as of press time.

• Loyola Academy officials announced a teacher tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, March 21. The teacher last had contact with students on March 12, according to school officials.

• A parent of a student at Kenilworth’s A Joyful Noise Preschool, who was in a classroom at the school on March 12, was confirmed positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), on Thursday, March 19.

• The Winnetka Public Schools District 36 officials confirmed on March 17 a seventh-grader from Carleton Washburne School in Winnetka has a “probable, presumptive case.” The student was at school last on March 11.

• Officials from Glenbrook High Schools District 225 and Glenview District 34 announced Monday, March 16, that a parent with children in both districts tested positive for the coronavirus.

• Township School District 113 announced emergency closure of school Friday, March 13, after a suspected case was reported at Deerfield High School.

• Two employees of Northwestern University in Evanston tested positive for the virus in consecutive days — Friday and Saturday, March 13-14.

• A NorthShore University HealthSystems hospital was treating a patient for the virus last week, according to a release from the organization. The group has hospitals in Glenview, Skokie, Highland Park and Chicago.

• In a statement posted March 11, Evanston Unitarian Church said a congregation member tested positive for the coronavirus and it would suspend services for at least a week.

• The Village of Glencoe announced March 4 that an employee of its Public Works Department was exposed to the coronavirus, but the employee remained symptom-free for 14 days.

• Loyola Academy in Wilmette closed March 9-10 after a student at the school was exposed to the virus off-campus.

• A faculty member of Lake Forest High School entered a 14-day quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus while visiting a Chicago high school where someone with the virus was present the same day.

• Gabe Funk, a former Lake Forest High School football team captain, publicly identified himself as testing positive for coronavirus. Funk had been studying abroad in Rome where he believes he contracted it. He is currently in self-quarantine.

• An unidentified Lake Bluff man informed village officials that he has tested positive for coronavirus. He is also self-quarantining.

There are 1,285 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 12 reported deaths in Illinois, and the CDC reports 33,404 confirmed cases and 400 deaths from the virus in the United States, as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 23.

According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 334,981 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14,652 deaths linked to the virus worldwide, as of press time. There are confirmed cases in at least 189 countries, according to WHO statistics.