The Vigo County School Corp. has released a new COVID-19 dashboard, developed with guidance from the COVID-19 Advisory Group.
At this time, no Vigo County School Corp. school is in danger of moving to virtual learning — the result of low numbers of positive cases and quarantines among teaching staff, according to Bill Riley, VCSC director of communications.
The new dashboard, released Thursday, showed that currently, there are 174 active positive student cases and 297 active student quarantines. Also, there are five teaching staff and 18 other staff who have COVID, and four teaching staff and eight other staff on quarantine.
While a significant number of students are affected, “if you look at the total, about 2% of the student body is in quarantine,” Riley said. “What that tells us is that masks have been effective in preventing quarantines.”
Staff numbers “are extremely low. Ultimately, that is what is going to keep us in in-person school, and we’re very thankful for that,” he said.
Of concern are the rising number of cases, and hospitalizations in Vigo County. “We are part of the community and what happens in the community impacts our schools,” Riley said.
The new dashboard is intended to give the community a snapshot of data each week as it relates to COVID-19 in VCSC schools and in the community.
The dashboard will be updated on Wednesdays. The data that would have been used on a dashboard last week was added Thursday to give the community context.
It is important to note that most reported cases of COVID-19 in the VCSC school community are a result of household contact, Riley said.
Not all positive student or staff cases came into contact with schools during the positive person’s infectious period.
The district receives cases and quarantine information from the Vigo County Health Department on an ongoing basis. The dashboard is meant to help the community understand the levels of COVID-19 in the school community and how the community spread impacts schools.