New COVID-19 Cases Reported As School Year Begins

With many students going back to school this month, some schools here in the Tri-State are now reporting COVID-19 cases.

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 4:39 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2020 5:24 PM

Three Warrick County students are the latest confirmed cases among school aged kids in the Tri-State.

However, schools in Warrick County are not alone.

The district joins the growing list of communities falling behind in the fight against the virus.

"It creates anxiety for everyone," says Dr. Brian Harmon, North Gibson School Corporation Superintendent. "We've completely changed how they understand school."

Class is back in session, but heading back-to-school could mean a trip to the doctor.

"So we have 3 postive cases," says Harmon.

For the North Gibson School Corporation, they started classes August 7th, but earlier this week three students tested positive for COVID-19.

"We immediately notified the county health department as well as contact tracing of who would be a close contact of those individuals,"says Harmon.

But they are not alone.

The Metropolitan School District of North Posey began classes only ten days ago.

On Thursday morning, they announced a students at North Elementary tested positive for COVID-19.

The school continuing to take all necessary steps in ensuring student safety.

"We have cleaning stations at each of the classrooms," says Michael Galvin, Metropolitan School District of North Posey Associate Superintendent. "We have also done mistings in each of the classrooms as well."

Both School district officials say they are maximizing social distancing and enhancing their cleaning protocols to avoid more potential cases.

"Schools are designed as social entities and we have always encouraged those interaction," says Harmon. "Now we've changed all that. We've changed it at recess time, we've changed it at lunch time, we've changed it at passing periods in the hallway."

School officials say they are going to keep enforcing social distancing, encoruaging mask wearing, and cleaning the classrooms.

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