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Over 20,000 COVID-19 cases reported in Indiana schools

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Posted at 1:28 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 13:28:12-05

INDIANAPOLIS — More than 20,000 students and staff at Indiana schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since the school year began.

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 2,345 students tested positive for COVID-19 across the state over the past week, pushing the total number of student positive tests reported to 14,011. Those numbers were reported as of December 4 and do not include students who may have tested positive over the past three days.

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An additional 512 teachers and 642 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 more than 6,500.

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Those numbers assume that the nearly 350 schools that have not reported their data to ISDH have not had any COVID-19 cases among students or staff.

So far, 198 schools across the state have reported no cases of COVID-19 while over 1825 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.