Schools report new COVID-19 cases

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By Mitchell Kirk

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ANCOCK COUNTY — All but one of the county’s public school districts reported new COVID-19 cases Monday.

The latest figures are as of Friday, Oct. 30. The Indiana State Department of Health updates its online schools COVID-19 dashboard every Monday with figures as of the previous Friday. The dashboard does not list the number of new cases or case totals if they are fewer than five.

Mt. Vernon High School reported eight new student cases, raising its total to 18. Last week, the school reported six new student cases. The school also reported its first teacher and staff cases Monday, resulting in totals of fewer than five, respectively.

With the addition of fewer than five cases, Mt. Vernon Middle School’s student total is now seven. The school reported its first staff case(s) as well, for a total of fewer than five.

McCordsville Elementary School reported its first student and teacher cases, resulting in totals of fewer than five, respectively.

JB Stephens Elementary School in Greenfield reported its first student and staff cases, resulting in totals of fewer than five, respectively. Weston Elementary School, also in Greenfield, reported its first teacher case(s), resulting in a total of fewer than five. Greenfield Intermediate School reported its first student case(s), for a total of fewer than five; and the district’s junior high school reported its first staff case(s), also for a total of fewer than five.

Greenfield-Central High School didn’t report any new cases, keeping its totals at six student cases and no teacher or staff cases. The school, which has been on a hybrid schedule, had planned to reduce virtual learning to just Wednesdays starting this week, but decided to stay on its current path due to rising COVID-19 trends in Hancock County and Indiana.

In the Southern Hancock school district, New Palestine Elementary School added its first student case(s), for a total of fewer than five; and New Palestine High School added one new student case, raising that total to 15.

Eastern Hancock schools did not report any new cases.