Indiana to start tracking COVID-19 cases in schools

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Indiana will start matching COVID-19 tests to student records to notify schools of positive cases and create a public dashboard tracking the spread of the coronavirus in schools, the state’s top health official announced Wednesday.

The state aims to launch the public dashboard next month. Schools will be asked to submit numbers daily on new positive cases among students, teachers, and staff, said Dr. Kristina Box, the state’s health commissioner.

The move to publicize COVID-19 cases in schools comes as many students across the state have returned to classrooms this month. In Greenfield, the district saw a positive case on the first day back. In some instances, positive cases have forced schools to ask more than 100 close contacts to isolate or even temporarily close buildings.

“I cannot say this enough: The actions you take outside of school are just as important as those that you take inside the school building,” Box said.

She urged students and teachers to wear masks, cooperate with contact tracing, and finish the full period of quarantining before returning to school.

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4 thoughts on “Indiana to start tracking COVID-19 cases in schools

  1. Dr. Box said the dashboard would be mid-to-end of September. Many Indiana schools will have been in session 6+ weeks. Seems like this should have been done much earlier and much faster.

  2. I agree, Greg, but better late than never. I appreciate the transparency. I imagine this will help many of us understand why some school boards are making the decisions that they do. I like seeing the data… I hope schools cooperate and have the capacity to do so…