BY: DAVID SHEPHERD, NEWS DIRECTOR
HENDRICKS COUNTY -- Indiana has its third case of coronavirus with two new cases announced over the weekend.
One, is an adult who lives in Hendricks County. The patient is the second-confirmed case in Indiana from the same BioGen Conference in Boston in late February.
A third case of coronavirus was announced late Sunday night; its an elementary school student at Hickory Elementary in Avon. The school will be closed for two weeks.
Indiana governor Eric Holcomb has declared a Public Health Emergency.
The school district released the following statement:
On Sunday, March 8th at 10:25 p.m. Avon Community School Corporation was notified by the Hendricks County Health Department that a student from Hickory Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19/Coronavirus. The law directs us to keep student medical information confidential.
The Health Department received the positive test result late Sunday evening and shared it with us immediately. Because this information just became available, we believe it is prudent to exercise our option to have an e-Learning day on Monday, March 9th for the entire school district.
Although it is not required, the State Health Commissioner and Hendricks County Health Department have recommended that Hickory Elementary School be closed for two weeks through Friday, March 20th. It is our intent to provide our Hickory students with ongoing learning opportunities, which may include e-learning and other experiences. Hickory students and staff will be able to return on Monday, April 6th, following Spring Break.
We appreciate the guidance and collaboration provided by the Indiana Department of Health, the Hendricks County Health Department and the Indiana Department of Education.
Questions should be directed to the Hendricks County Health Department at 317-745-9222.