South Bend Schools report first case of COVID-19

A parent who is also a coach notified the South Bend Community School Corporation they have tested positive for COVID-19. The parent informed the corporation on Tuesday of the positive test result.

The person is quarantined at home and did not require hospitalization.

The patient's children attend two different schools, so parents at those schools have been notified via recorded dialer.

“Given the nature of this virus, the school corporation is not surprised by this news,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Cummings. “We have been preparing for this, and are adhering to all health recommendations to help slow the spread. We have closed as many buildings as possible while still providing meal sites for our families,” Cummings said. “Only essential employees are entering buildings, and we have thoroughly cleaned and disinfected all buildings.”

“The current health crisis requires responsible leadership -- in families, in businesses, and in schools,” said Dr. Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, President of the St. Joseph County Board of Health. “Our ability to slow the spread of COVID 19 and help ensure our healthcare system is not overrun, depends on everyone practicing strict social distancing and leaving one’s home only when absolutely necessary.”

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