The start of the new school year in Walworth County has resulted in reports of new coronavirus cases, including two new Lake Geneva student cases reported today.
Four students in total have tested positive for coronavirus in the Lake Geneva school district, while two have been reported in the Elkhorn school district.
Reporting no coronavirus cases so far this school year are officials at Big Foot High School in Walworth, at Walworth Elementary School and at the Williams Bay school district.
More than 150 students have tested positive at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
UW-Whitewater posted on its website that 115 students tested positive one week, and 51 others tested positive the previous week, as well as one employee and two others on campus.
Officials at the university could not be reached for comment.
The Walworth County Health & Human Services Department said county health officials are working with UW-Whitewater, along with the Jefferson County Public Health Department.
“The university has a good plan, but the young adult population is proving difficult to convince,” said Carlo Nevicosi, deputy director of Walworth County’s health department.
Lake Geneva School Superintendent Jim Gottinger said four students have tested positive for the coronavirus since the public school district resumed classes on Sept. 1.
Gottinger said two infected students were at Badger High School and two at Lake Geneva Middle School. All will remain home for two weeks and until they are symptom-free.
At least six other students also have been quarantined because they had close contact with one of the infected students. Close contact is defined as coming within six feet for a combined 15 minutes within one day.
Of the Lake Geneva cases, two were reported today — one at Badger, one at the middle school.
Elkhorn School Superintendent Jason Tadlock earlier said two students had tested positive at Elkhorn High School.
Tadlock said both students will remain in isolation for 10 days.
Another 25 students in Elkhorn have been ordered to stay home for 14 days and quarantine because they were found to have been in close contact with one of the infected students.
Walworth County has reported 2,003 coronavirus cases countywide, surpassing the 2,000 mark for the first time. The county reached 1,500 cases on Aug. 17, after hitting 1,000 cases on July 24.
Reporters Dennis Hines and Connor Carynski contributed to this report.