Tri-State Students Return to In-Person Classes in COVID-19 'Red' Counties

Students in Posey County, Indiana, as well as those in Kentucky's Hopkins County, headed back to the classroom for in-person instruction on Monday, although each county is currently in the 'Red' on each state's COVID-19 map.

Posted: Oct 26, 2020 10:32 AM
Updated: Oct 26, 2020 11:50 AM

Students in Posey County, Indiana, in the Metropolitan School District of Mt. Vernon returned to in-person classes on Monday for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Students in the district had been utilizing eLearning to complete their assignments since Oct. 14, after district officials announced that all MSD of Mt. Vernon schools would be closed due to staff quarantines and a lack of substitutes.

Officials with the district stressed that the closures weren't due to COVID-19 spread within the school district, attributing the quarantines and what positive cases the district did have to "outside activities."

Posey County recently became "Red" on Indiana's COVID-19 map due to the county having an average of 338 new weekly COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents and a 7-day positivity rate of 15.27%.

In Posey County, the Indiana State Department of Health is currently reporting 766 total positive cases of COVID-19 and seven total COVID-19 deaths.

Link: Virtual Learning Continues at McLean Co. Public Schools Due to COVID-19 Cases, Quarantines

Also on Monday in Hopkins County, Kentucky, students in the Hopkins County Schools district returned to in-person hybrid learning for the first time in over three weeks.

Ahead of Fall Break, district officials chose to move to virtual learning due to a high number of positive COVID-19 cases in the county.

Currently, Kentucky's COVID-19 map shows Hopkins County in the "Red," which it classifies as "Critical," with 31.6 average daily cases per 100,000 population.

So far, Hopkins County has seen a total of 1,033 positive COVID-19 cases, with 42 COVID-19 deaths also being reported by the local health department.

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