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COVID-19 cases in schools climb, state leaders respond

Posted at 9:38 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 21:38:22-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Coronavirus cases in Indiana schools continue to climb. While the Indiana State Health Commissioner announced the state is working to create a dashboard that tracks COVID-19 cases in schools, the state has yet to release that information.

WRTV has been tracking those cases so families can stay informed.

As of Wednesday, there have been 55 confirmed COVID-19 cases at central Indiana schools alone, plus hundreds of students and staff quarantined as a result.

State leaders have continued to say that each school district is different with different resources. So the state is largely leaving it up to local districts and their local health departments to make decision regarding student safety.

Some parents and school leaders have told WRTV they feel unsupported and at a loss as to what to do as cases climb.

"I understand," Dr. Kristina Box, the Indiana State Health Commissioner, said. "All of the decisions that we've made with regard to this pandemic have been difficult decisions to make and that's why our local public health people and the state health department are happy to partner with any superintendent, principal, school administrators, local health departments across the state to help in the decision-making process as we look at all the different metrics of their particular county."

Box said that schools will not be COVID-free, but they need to develop plans to quickly isolate and minimize the spread.