INDIANAPOLIS — While the Indiana State Department of Health and other state leaders say they are still evaluating whether or not they can release information on COVID-19 cases at Indiana schools, we're working to track that information so families can stay informed.
When asked about releasing a dashboard to track COVID-19 in Indiana schools in real-time during Wednesday's news conference, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said they are evaluating the "legality" of releasing that information to the public.
"Making sure what is consumed is accurate data," Gov. Holcomb said. "We're already, folks are already expecting instant reporting on cases, and you hear one thing over here - we've got to verify it."
The database below will be used to track confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by school districts in central Indiana. The database below will be regularly updated as new information is received and confirmed by our news team here at WRTV.
As far as how quickly cases have been reported since schools opened their doors last week, the Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says the numbers are not surprising and they had anticipated cases to come in quickly after schools began reopening. Dr. Box stands by her belief that schools can safely re-open, despite the positive cases they have already seen.
"Having a case of COVID at a school should not be a cause for panic or a reason to close. It's a reason to take action to prevent an outbreak," Dr. Box said. "But this does not mean that our schools will be free of COVID."
When it comes to transparency coronavirus cases within schools, Box said she supports releasing data in a dashboard format, similar to what the state does for nursing homes, but would not commit to releasing the data due to privacy concerns.
Because ISDH is not currently tracking COVID-19 cases in Indiana schools we need your help to track them down. You can contact us with new information any time using the contact form below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.