FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - One topic discussed at the Allen County Department of Health’s Executive Board meeting was how schools in Allen County will approach the COVID-19 virus.
“We need to be responsive if there is a case,” said Deborah McMahan, Allen County Health Commissioner. “We have already been meeting with the schools who have been doing a great job of preparing, and if there is a case at a school they will close.”
While no formal recommendations were made as to what Allen County schools should do at this time, they did lay out a number of thresholds that if reached will lead to school closures.
“If they are going to stay open they will do it under certain conditions,” said William Pond, President of the Allen County Department of Health Executive Board.
The board decided; if a student tests positive for the virus that school will close, if there are three cases amongst students or faculty all schools will close, and if 50 percent of schools in Indiana close Allen County schools will follow.
“There is a story behind every patient, there is a story behind every business and keeping that all in mind but at the end of the day this is a novel virus for which you have no treatment, no vaccine and 370,000 people who are vulnerable,” McMahan said.
The Executive Health Board will meet again Monday night to discuss what formal action will be taken in schools across Allen County.