Identifying COVID-19 cases in schools is ‘work in progress’ Indiana health official says

Identifying COVID-19 cases in schools is ‘work in progress’ Indiana health official says
The health commissioner said one hold up in this process is old school rosters. (Source: WFIE)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (FOX19) - With the new school year underway, Indiana State Health Department Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box talked about their efforts to disclose COVID-19 cases within classrooms.

She said this is a work in progress but thinks this can be done.

Dr. Box explained the biggest hold up at this point is the state health department does not have access to updated school rosters.

As of Wednesday, around 10% of schools have provided the most up to date rosters to the ISDH, according to Dr. Box.

Updated rosters allow the state to identify current students who test positive for COVID-19 and where they go to school, she explained.

As mentioned earlier, Dr. Box said this is a work in progress.

Indiana reported 671 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, which brings the overall number to 76,522.

With 15 more COVID-19 deaths announced on Wednesday, a total of 2,878 Hoosiers have died from the virus.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate is up when compared to last week.

As of Wednesday, the seven-day positivity rate is 7.7%, according to Dr. Box.

She reported last week it was at 4%.

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