INDIANAPOLIS — Even as many schools have in central Indiana and across the state have already returned to virtual learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of virus cases reported in the schools still open continues to rise.
As of November 30, more than 17,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Indiana schools since classes resumed for the fall semester.
In recent weeks, dozens of schools across the state have reverted back to virtual learning, meaning they are no longer required to report COVID-19 cases to the state health department. New cases are reported by the individual schools that are still offering at least some form of in-person learning in classrooms.
New numbers released on the Indiana State Department of Health's dashboard Monday showed an additional 1,234 student tests came back positive for COVID-19 across the state over the past week, pushing the total number of student positive tests reported to 11,677.
An additional 311 teachers and 389 school staff members have also tested positive over the past week. Making the total number of faculty and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 at Indiana schools to nearly 5,400.
Those numbers assume that the nearly 400 schools that have not reported their data to ISDH have not had any COVID-19 cases among students or staff.
So far, 205 schools across the state have reported no cases of COVID-19 while over 1,775 have reported at least one case among their student or staff population.
The Indiana State Department of Health updates their school COVID-19 tracker every Monday at noon on their ISDH Coronavirus web page.