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Indiana elementary school student tests positive for coronavirus

AVON, Ind. - An elementary school student in Avon, Indiana tested positive for coronavirus Sunday night.  Avon is in Hendricks County, just west of Indianapolis.

The entire Avon Community School Corporation has an e-learning day Monday.  The State Health Commissioner and Hendricks County Health Department recommend the child's school close for two weeks.

Over the weekend, the Indiana State Department of Health announced another coronavirus case in Hendricks County; that patient was an adult.  That came after a resident one county over, in Marion County, tested positive, too.

Here's the full statement posted on the Avon Community School Corporation's website:

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.

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