MCS coronavirus / COVID-19 information

Publish Date: 02/28/2020

The state has issued guidelines based on the color categories that track the spread of COVID-19 by county.

On Nov. 15, 2020, Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a new set of guidelines based on the county-by-county color categories monitored by the Indiana Department of Health. There is specific guidance by category for government offices, businesses, schools, recreational activities, entertainment venues, places of worship, etc. This replaces the 5-stage plan the state had previously been under. Click here to view the guidelines.

Please note that there are still restrictions in place. Please review the document linked above for more details. 

 

School buildings remain closed to the public, with some exceptions:

Classes have restarted on campus and online. Marion Community Schools buildings remain closed to the public, with visitors allowed by appointment only. 

>> Click here for our back-to-school FAQs

Athletics have resumed under the guidance of IHSAA.

>> Click here for current spectator information 

(State and local health officials are offering guidance for Hoosiers regarding other activities and business. See the governor's plan for more information.)  

We will continue to monitor information from local, state, and national health officials. Please watch for messages from us. 

Please take a look at the information below, and continue to check this page for updates.

 

Keep the learning going!

If you have specific questions, please reach out to your teacher and/or building principal by email. Staff emails can be found here

>> Click here for our technology FAQs if you have questions about e-learning. (E-learning Fridays will continue through the rest of the school year. Click here for more information.)

Grant County is currently in the biggest spike since the beginning of the pandemic. The virus is widespread in our community. Stay safe at home as much as possible! Keep scrolling for more COVID-19 information. 

 

Coping with challenging times:

>> Click here to view resources provided by our social workers. 

 

Other updates:

We will continue to monitor information from local, state, and national health officials. Please watch for messages from us.
 

 


 

What should I be doing now?

The Indiana Health Department says we remain in the community transmission phase, meaning Hoosiers can contract the virus from other Hoosiers not linked to an outbreak elsewhere.

On March 16, the first COVID-19 death in the state was reported. The state continues to track positive cases and deaths. Click here to view the most recent report from ISDH (scroll to the bottom of that ISDH page for most recent release).

On March 20, the state indicated the first confirmed presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Grant County, and on April 6 the county recorded its first COVID-19 deaths. The state continues to track positive cases and deaths. Click here to view the most recent report from ISDH.

Local health officials have emphasized social distancing and advised wearing a face mask if you must go out. Staying 6 feet away from others can help reduce the spread of coronavirus via droplets in the air.    

Health officials also continue to emphasize hand washing and other healthy habits to help slow the spread of illness:

  • When sick, particularly if you have a fever, stay home, except to get urgent medical care
  • If your child is ill, please keep them at home, except to get urgent medical care
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes / nose / mouth
  • Most importantly, frequent handwashing with soap for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

At home, you can pay extra attention to frequently touched surfaces, including door knobs, countertops, light switches, keyboards, etc. No special disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time, but frequent cleaning can help prevent the spread of illness. 

>> Any specific local news or instructions will come directly from the Grant County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). You can sign up to receive notifications directly from them at http://www.nixle.com

 

What is the coronavirus?

There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new illness, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans: severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, shortened to SARS-CoV-2. The illness and virus was first identified in China. As the name indicates, the virus is related to the SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that caused an outbreak in 2002 and 2003, however it is not the same virus.

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

 

What do I do if I believe I or my child may have this illness?

Testing is available in Grant County. Click here for more information about quarantining and testing.

 

How can I learn more?