Indiana to expand childcare availability; coronavirus cases expected to rise with more testing

Gov. Holcomb gives update as Indiana coronavirus cases reach 477

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says there is a great need for childcare due to the coronavirus.

Last week, only 50 percent of Indiana’s school districts reported having available childcare, McCormick said at a news conference Wednesday with Gov. Eric Holcomb.

She says the state is working to expand the availability of childcare in regions that have the greatest need.

Schools corporations are also being asked to help workers in health care, hospitals, and public safety by opening schools on a limited basis to provide childcare services, according to the governor’s office.

To help keep the coronavirus from spreading between the children and their families, Indiana schools are being advised to take these precautions:

  • Collect child health records
  • Allow extra time for deep cleaning
  • Prohibit staff who are in high-risk categories from providing care
  • Keep groups of students in separate areas of the building

Earlier in the day, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 115 new positive cases of COVID-19.

In total, 477 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The ISDH says two more people have died as a result of the virus, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 14.

State health officials say Marion County had the most new coronavirus cases, at 67.

So far, 3,356 tests have been reported to ISDH, which is up from 2,931 on Monday.

Of those tests, Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says about 14 percent come back positive.

Dr. Box says the number of positive cases is expected to rise because the state is testing those who are at the highest risk of getting coronavirus and they are testing more people overall.

State officials are also reminding Hoosiers to find ways to shop and buy local so they can help small businesses during this pandemic.

In addition, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said the “Indiana State Department of Agriculture is working to make sure they [farmers] have everything they need to plant their crops.”

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