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5:36 pm CDT March 16, 2020

A parent with children at three local schools tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to officials from Glenbrook High Schools District 225 and Glenview School District 34.

The statement released Monday, March 16, by District 225 officials did not disclose if the individual is a parent of a student at Glenbrook South or Glenbrook North.

The parent also has children who attend two District 34 schools in Glenview — Attea Middle School and Glen Grove School, according to a statement from District 34.

Officials at both districts said the Illinois Department of Public health determined the parent had not been in school buildings in either district for more than two weeks. Health officials are not recommending that staff or students in either district, or their families, self-isolate in connection with this confirmed case.

“We know that this announcement may cause alarm and we continue to encourage our district families to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for prevention and symptom awareness,” District 225 officials say in the statement.

District 225 officials say they do not plan to notify the community of each confirmed case of coronavirus, as the number of cases in Illinois grows each day and schools are already closed.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order Friday, March 13, mandating all schools in the state to close until at least March 30.

Additional information on the number of confirmed cases is available from official sources, such as the Illinois and Cook County public health departments and the CDC.

At least nine people affiliated with the North Shore have reported exposure to the coronavirus with at least five confirmed or suspected cases, as of press time.

• 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.

There are 422 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and four reported deaths in Illinois, and the CDC reports 10,442 confirmed cases and 150 deaths from the virus in the United States, as of Thursday, March 19.

According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 207,855 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 8,648 deaths linked to the virus worldwide, as of Thursday, March 19. There are confirmed cases in at least 166 countries, according to WHO statistics.

Editor's Note: This article was updated Thursday, March 20, to include additional information obtained by The Glenview Lantern, The Tower's sister paper. This article is not detailing another report of COVID-19, but rather updating information about the first reported case in the Glenview community.