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Avon closing all schools after 2 possible cases of COVID-19

There have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hendricks County.

HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — A second student has started to display symptoms of COVID-19 in Avon. That has led the school district to decide to close all schools until March 20. At that point, the district will be on spring break.

The district plans to use e-learning days to cover most of the time the district will miss. Families who do not have access to the internet will be able to request learning packets through the school.

The district is working on a plan for students who rely on the school breakfast and lunch for meals each day to provide a "to go" option. Cold food packages will be available to all Avon families including 10 breakfast and lunch meals. Pick-up options for those will be available at a couple of the school parking lots including Cedar Elementary and Avon Middle School North on Tuesday March 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Food packages will also be available at the Avon Administrative Center daily.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Sunday an adult in Hendricks County was the second confirmed case in the state. The patient had traveled to Boston in late February to attend the BioGen conference where multiple attendees have been diagnosed with the virus, including a Marion County resident. The person in Marion County was identified as Indiana's first COVID-19 case Friday.

Late Sunday night, the Avon Community School Corporation announced it would have an e-learning day Monday after a Hickory Elementary School student tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday, the district announced a second student had started showing symptoms of COVID-19.

There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state as of Monday afternoon. A person in Noble County tested positive for the virus over the weekend.

ISDH stressed that Avon students should not use this as an opportunity to go out and socialize. Instead students should stay home and isolate themselves. ISDH also recommends grandparents should not be used to come visit or watch children during this time.

Social distancing slows down the growth curve of a virus. (TEGNA)

Any parent with concerns about symptoms their student might be exhibiting should contact their primary care physician.

While this situation is serious, the officials wanted parents to know this is not the time to panic. ISDH recommends instead of calling the department to ask questions to consult your doctor or go to the ISDH webite on COVID-19 for information.

When someone does test positive, the ISDH works to establish where the patient was at every minute leading up to the diagnosis to alert anyone who might have been exposed.