Crawford schools extend virtual learning
By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]
As the vast majority of counties in the southern part of the state have been designated red zones, Crawford County remains orange. With a metric score of 2.5, however, officials say the county could easily move to red.
Crawford County Community School Corp. made the decision Jan. 7 to extend virtual learning through this week in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The number of positive cases continues to grow locally, reaching 698 as of Jan. 10.
“It’s climbing,” said Morton Dale, the board of commissioners’ representative on the county’s coronavirus task force. “It’s not racing, but it’s climbing.”
The county also had two more COVID deaths last week, bringing the total to nine.
The positivity rate as of Sunday was at 16.5%, up from 13.41% last week.
Indiana has now had 567,338 positive COVID cases since the pandemic began and 8,643 Hoosiers have died from the virus.
At the Jan. 5 coronavirus task force meeting, EMS director Tim Farris noted the situation at Todd-Dickey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Leavenworth is much improved.
“There are no active COVID cases there at the moment,” he said. “They did a pretty quick turnaround.”
County health nurse Donna Parker said when the vaccine is received locally, it will be administered following state guidelines. Vaccines will be by appointment only.
“No walk-ins, period,” stressed Parker.
Health care workers will be the first recipients. The state has developed a protocol for when each segment of the population will be eligible for the vaccine.
“For the general public, it’s going to be months,” said Farris. “The last I heard, they were talking March or April.”
Dale noted the Crawford County Judicial Complex and government offices will remain closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Residents may conduct business by telephone, email or by making an appointment with the office they need.