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Two school districts deal with COVID-19 cases as classes resume

Positive cases in Kokomo and Elwood
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Posted at 10:07 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 22:09:20-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Two Indiana school districts are confirming COVID-19 cases.

Kokomo: A Kokomo High School football player has tested positive, according to David Barnes, Director of Communications for the Kokomo School Corporation. The player had not yet been in class. Barnes said a small number of student athletes who may have come in contact with the player have been notified and will need to quarantine for two weeks.

The football team has canceled an August 15 scrimmage against Zionsville.

Athletic Director Nick Sale said the high school teams have been working hard to limit exposure to the virus. "These protocols include symptom checks upon arrival at practice, intensive cleaning measures, and the use of “pods” for much of the early season. Because of the use of “pods”, a limited number of football players were in “close contact”; and thus, may have been exposed."

At Bon Air Elementary School in Kokomo, a positive COVID-19 test was reported. Barnes said others who came in contact with the person have been notified.

Elwood: Elwood Community Schools Superintendent Joe Brown said two students in the junior-high school tested positive. The two, according to Brown, had been in close contact with each other.

Parents of students who may have been in contact with the two people who tested positive have been notified.

And Elwood is shifting to a schedule of a day of virtual learning each Wednesday so that the school building can be scrubbed down.