Several local schools have reported new positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), with dozens quarantined.
The ISDH’s latest reported school results were as of 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 and were updated Monday, Oct. 19. The ISDH’s school dashboard is updated weekly at midnight Mondays.
Statewide there were 622 schools with no reported cases, 1,168 schools with one or more cases and 576 schools that have not reported.
During the latest update, in Wabash County:
Manchester Jr./Sr. High Schools (MHS) reported fewer than five each new student positive cases and new staff positive cases.
Manchester Elementary School (MES) previously reported fewer than five total student positive cases.
Metro North Elementary School reported fewer than five new student positive cases.
Sharp Creek Elementary School reported fewer than five new staff positive cases.
Wabash High School (WHS) reported fewer than five new student positive cases.
Northfield Jr./Sr. High School (NHS) reported fewer than five each new student positive cases and new staff positive cases.
“As per the MSD of Wabash County Re-entry Plan 2020-2021 which includes guidance from the ISDH, possible close contacts were notified to be quarantined. Also, areas affected were thoroughly disinfected,” said Mike Keaffaber, MSD superintendent, on Monday.
On the Manchester Community Schools’ (MCS) own dashboard the information is updated once contact tracing is complete and all close contacts have been notified.
“In the most recent COVID quarantine at MCS, there were more close contacts than in the past cases,” said Teresa L. Gremaux, MCS superintendent, on Monday.
Gremaux said MCS defines close contact is when an individual is within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of someone with confirmed COVID-19.
“The Wabash Health Department determined close contacts in conjunction with school personnel and advised us who to quarantine,” stated MCS.
The individually reported MCS cases include:
Sept. 28: One case each at MES and MHS, with five people quarantined.
Oct. 10: One case at MHS, with one person quarantined.
Oct. 14: One case at MHS, with two people quarantined.
Oct. 15: One case at MES, with five people quarantined. And one case at MHS, with two people quarantined.
Oct. 16: One case at MHS, with 34 people quarantined.
Otherwise, in Wabash County, only Emmanuel Christian School and Heartland Career Center have not reported data to ISDH.
A request for comment from Kyle Wieland, WHS principal, and Jason Callahan, Wabash City Schools superintendent, was not immediately returned as of press time.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
On Saturday, the ISDH reported 16 new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 366, with 5,609 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 8.9 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 15.1 percent.
On Sunday, the ISDH reported 10 new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 376, with 5,672 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 9 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 12.4 percent.
On Monday, the ISDH reported nine new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 385.
On Tuesday, the ISDH reported six new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 391, with 5,751 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 9.5 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 12.6 percent.
The state still reported nine local deaths.
As of Tuesday, the ISDH reported the following Wabash County demographics for positive cases by age group:
Ages 0 to 19: 13.8 percent
Ages 20 to 29: 16.1 percent
Ages 30 to 39: 14.6 percent
Ages 40 to 49: 11.3 percent
Ages 50 to 59: 12.3 percent
Ages 60 to 69: 13.3 percent
Ages 70 to 79: 8.7 percent
Ages 80 and above: 10 percent
The ISDH reported the following gender breakdowns for Wabash County positive cases:
Female: 59.6 percent
Male: 39.4 percent
Unknown: 1 percent
The ISDH reported the following racial breakdowns for Wabash County positive cases:
White: 75.7 percent
Other race: 9.5percent
Black or African American: 1.3 percent
Asian: .3 percent
Unknown: 13.1 percent
The ISDH reported the following ethnic breakdowns for Wabash County positive cases:
Not Hispanic or Latino: 62.4 percent
Hispanic or Latino: 3.8 percent
Unknown: 33.8 percent
On Friday, the ISDH announced that 1,551 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. To date, a total of 150,664 Indiana residents are known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.
A total of 3,775 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 48 from the previous day. Another 233 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.
To date, 1,572,350 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,564,722 on Monday. A total of 2,551,406 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.
The ISDH will offer free testing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday at the following locations:
Lake County Health Department, 2900 W. 93rd Ave., Crown Point
Grant County Fairgrounds, 1403 Indiana 18, Marion.
First Assembly of God, 2601 27th St., Bedford.
Lincolnland Economic Development Corp., 2792 N. Highway 231, Rockport.
To find other testing sites around the state, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.