FLOYD COUNTY — The Floyd County Well being Division is recommending a brand new native coverage relating to the period of pupil quarantines.
As COVID-19 circumstances lower in the neighborhood, Floyd County Well being Officer Dr. Tom Harris introduced Thursday that the well being division is advising a change in quarantine coverage for a sure state of affairs.
The county is now within the yellow class on the state’s color-coded COVID-19 map, which signifies reasonable unfold of the virus.
If a father or mother or different family member examined optimistic, present tips imply that college students can be staying dwelling for the size of the family member’s quarantine, together with one other 10 days for the coed, which means they might be out for 20 days, in response to Harris.
The brand new tips would imply that Floyd County college students would be capable of return to high school after a 10-day interval if they continue to be asymptomatic for the complete 10-day interval and might isolate from the person who examined optimistic.
“What we’re taking a look at is a system the place so long as mother and father can isolate of their dwelling, then the kid doesn’t should do a further 10 days, and this may get kids again to high school,” Harris mentioned.
The change is a advice, not a mandate, Harris mentioned.
“The aim of this coverage is to return kids to high school in an expedient method to attenuate hurt to their instructional attendance and course of,” Harris mentioned in Thursday information launch.
He emphasizes that this modification solely applies to properties the place the family member who examined optimistic for COVID-19 is successfully capable of isolate from the kid.
He mentioned this state of affairs is the one circumstance utilizing the well being officer’s discretion to vary from earlier steering from the Indiana Division of Well being and Indiana Division of Schooling.
Harris mentioned this new advice was permitted Indiana Well being Commissioner Dr. Kristina Field.
The county’s COVID-19 positivity price is at 6.83%, which is the bottom because the finish of September, Harris mentioned, and the hospital has its lowest variety of COVID-19 sufferers since August. Greater than 20,000 excessive threat folks have been vaccinated in Floyd County.
Clark County Well being Officer Dr. Eric Yazel mentioned the county remains to be shifting ahead with the usual suggestions right now.
“Transmission amongst members of the family has been a big mode of transmission in our nation, and efficient in-home isolation of school-aged kids is troublesome,” he mentioned. “Nevertheless, their change positively has benefit, and we are going to proceed to guage any coverage that will get our children safely again at school in a well timed method.”