All county school corporations have reported COVID-19 cases

By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
cstephenson@dcherald.com

Nearly every school in Dubois County has recorded at least one COVID-19 case in students since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, according to the Indiana State Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard.

Last Monday, when the dashboard was updated, Indiana schools reported more than 5,500 new student cases. Last week’s total was the most recorded student cases since schools began reporting case counts last school year.

In Dubois County, every school participating in the dashboard has reported at least one student case since the beginning of the school year, although the reported case could be from as early as mid-August. Northeast Dubois Elementary School is the one school in the county not reporting COVID-19 data.

School districts in Dubois County are reinstating a mask mandate for all students and staff beginning Tuesday, following Gov. Eric Holcomb’s recent executive order.

In Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, Jasper Middle School reported the most new student cases. It reported 13 new student cases, totaling 20 student cases since the beginning of the school year, zero total teacher cases and less than five total staff cases. Jasper Elementary School reported 11 new student cases (18 total), zero total teacher cases and less than five new staff cases.

Jasper High School reported six new student cases (10 total) and zero total teacher or staff cases. Ireland Elementary School reported less than five new student cases (less than five total) and zero total teacher or staff cases.

Greater Jasper schools announced that as of this past week, there are no changes to monitoring cases or contact tracing.

In Southwest Dubois Schools, Southridge High School and Huntingburg Elementary School reported the most new student cases. Both schools each reported seven new student cases (10 total) and zero total teacher or staff cases. Southridge Middle School reported zero new student cases (less than five total) and zero total teacher or staff cases. Holland Elementary School reported less than five new student cases (less than 5 total) and zero total teacher or staff cases.

In Southeast Dubois Schools, student cases have been kept relatively low. Forest Park Jr./Sr. High School reported less than five new student cases (6 total) and zero total teacher or staff cases. Both Ferdinand Elementary School and Pine Ridge Elementary School each reported zero new student cases (less than five total) and zero total teacher or staff cases.

Northeast Dubois Schools reported similarly low numbers. Both Northeast Dubois Jr./Sr. High School and Northeast Dubois Intermediate School each reported less than five new student cases (less than five total), less than five new teacher cases (less than five total) and zero total staff cases.

Holy Trinity Catholic School reported less than five new student cases (less than five total), less than five new teacher cases (less than 5 total) and zero total staff cases.

In Indiana, only 27.5% of those aged 12 to 15 and 38% of those aged 16 to 19 have been fully vaccinated. In late August, the Dubois County Health Department announced a partnership with Dubois County Schools to provide students the opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine during school hours. The Health Department has already visited Jasper Middle and High Schools, Southridge Middle and High Schools and Forest Park Jr./Sr. High School. Holy Trinity East Campus’ date is set for Sept. 23. Parents or guardians must pre-register.




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