Indiana, like many states in the U.S., is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of children in hospitals due to COVID-19.
One in 38 kids with a positive COVID-19 test is hospitalized in Indiana.
Last week, 1,452 new student cases were confirmed throughout the state and nearly 200 new cases were also reported among teachers and staff.
As Covid-19 cases continue to rise around Indiana since mid-July (there have been 181 new cases in Washington County and two deaths since August 1), schools are trying to mitigate the damage and work with little advice from the state or local health departments other than to wear masks, social distance and wash hands.
Minton said contact tracing only puts a student or staff member out of school if the individual is not wearing a mask and has not been vaccinated.