Private prom causes COVID-19 outbreak


MAHOMET, Ill. (WCIA) — An outbreak of COVID-19 in Mahomet has led to the cancellation of in-person activities within the Mahomet-Seymour school district.

Superintendent Lindsey Hall said that the outbreak is tied to a “private, non-school-sanctioned event” that happened off-campus.

A press release from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District identified the event as an “unofficial prom” held at someone’s home on June 13.

Health officials say 10 cases of COVID-19 have been tied to the event; Hall said in a district press release issued today that the district “does not know the number of COVID-19 cases involving our students.”

The health department does not know how many people attended the event. But parents of students who went told WCIA there were about 40-50 people there. Parents also said people who went were required to sign waivers releasing liability of the people who hosted the private prom.

Because of this outbreak, in-person athletic training, as well as driver’s education classes, have been canceled at the high school.

In an email to parents, Hall said this was done “out of an abundance of caution.”

A specific date for either activity to resume has not yet been set; in the email, Hall said the suspensions were “until further notice.”

CUPHD is still investigating the outbreak. People who attended the event are urged to get tested and contact the health department’s COVID-19 hotline at 217-239-7877 or email

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