Indiana health officials offer more guidance to schools as students return to class

Gov. Holcomb gives update on Indiana COVID-19 response

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Indiana’s health commissioner says schools can safely reopen as long as students and staff wear masks and social distance.

Indiana State Health Department Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says students and staff should stay home if they’re feeling sick.

And those waiting on COVID-19 test results should also stay home, she said.

Dr. Box advised parents to screen their kids every morning before they leave for school.

She said a COVID-19 case in a school should not cause panic or force a school to close.

740 new COVID-19 cases were announced by Dr. Box on Wednesday.

Indiana now has a total of 69,975 cases, according to the ISDH.

There has been a “slight increase in the number of COVID patients requiring ICU beds and ventilators,” according to Dr. Box.

14.1% of ICU beds are occupied while 3.2% of ventilators are in use by a patient with COVID-19, according to data from the state health department.

Even though those percentages increased, one of the important COVID-19 numbers has gone down.

Indiana’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 4%, Dr. Box said.

That’s a decrease from 6.8% reported on July 21.

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