MCS coronavirus / COVID-19 information

Publish Date: 02/28/2020

The state has issued a plan for resumption of some non-essential activities

Gov. Eric Holcomb has put in place a 5-stage plan for "re-opening" of state government, businesses, recreational activities, entertainment venues, and places of worship. The plan also allows for an increase in the number of persons who may participate in social gatherings in each of the stages. Click here to view the "back on track" plan from the state.

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

 

School has restarted, but 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 spectator information 

(State and local health officials are offering guidance for Hoosiers to resume some other activities and business. See the governor's "back on track" plan for more information.)  

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

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 more messages from us.
 

 


 

What should I be doing now?

>> On May 1, Gov. Holcomb announced a 5-stage plan for non-essential businesses and travel to resume. Hoosiers resuming activities and business should take into consideration the CDC guidance for reducing the spread of the virus. The state offers additional specific requirements in the "back on track" plan.

The Indiana State 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?

In a March 6 press release, Marion General Hospital advised the following for local residents: 

"We are coordinating our efforts to ensure that should you develop symptoms that are of concern for COVID-19, we can minimize the risk to other individuals and healthcare workers while you seek treatment. Communicating with Marion General Hospital prior to arrival with symptoms is key in our ability to provide the safest treatment for you and our staff. If you are directed to Marion General Hospital for treatment, we ask that you call 765-660-6900 to coordinate your arrival. Your participation in this process is greatly appreciated as week work to minimize risk to our community."

At a press conference on March 16, state health officials emphasized that in the community transmission phase that we are in (meaning Hoosiers can contract the virus from other Hoosiers not linked to an outbreak elsewhere), anyone who is seriously ill should seek medical attention, and should call before heading to their local hospital (locally, call Marion General Hospital at 765-660-6900) to coordinate your arrival. Those who are less seriously ill should consider self-quarantine at home. And all Hoosiers should be staying home as much as possible and should be practicing social distancing if you must go out. Staying 6 feet away from others can help reduce the spread of coronavirus via droplets in the air.

 

How can I learn more?