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Total of Four Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Avon Schools To Close

Avon High School teacher Matt Noble works from home during an Avon Schools closure due to threat of coronavirus.

Avon High School teacher Matt Noble works from home. (Zach Herndon, WFIU/WTIU News)

A total of four people in Indiana have now tested positive for the new coronavirus. The latest case involves a student from an Avon elementary school and an adult from Noble County.

Avon Community School Corporation Superintendent Margaret Hoernemann announced Monday all schools in the district will be closed through March 20.

“The Hendricks County Health Department and Avon Community Schools are working closely to determine the web of individuals who have had direct contact with the two students,” Hoernemann says. “That web has grown very large.”

The move comes after a second student showed symptoms of COVID-19. State health officials declined to give more details on that case citing privacy concerns. 

Matt Noble teaches history at Avon High School. He was already working from home Monday after the district declared it an e-learning day.

"Modifying your lessons is a little tough because you don’t get to see the kids," Noble says. "The materials you have in class aren’t there. But you can usually find something to replace what you would have done. I don’t know if it’s as good as the interaction with the kids face to face. But I’m ready for it."

Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box encourages students to stay home and avoid contact while they are out of school. 

“This is not a spring break where everybody runs out and goes to the mall, go to the movies” Box says. “We really need, if we are going to have this work, to have these individuals social distance. Which means you go home. The point of this is to kind of socially distance children and other individuals.”

Separately, a fourth case has been identified in northeast Indiana in Noble County. Parkview Health says the patient is in isolation and recently traveled out of state.

On Sunday, state officials confirmed another case of the new coronavirus in a person who had recently traveled to Boston to attend a biotech firm’s meeting.

The adult, who lives in Hendricks County, attended a meeting for Biogen Inc. last month and “developed mild flu-like symptoms” days later, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

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