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Schools to close for rest of year; total cases break 3,000

Indiana’s more than 1 million K-12 students will finish the school year from home.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick on Thursday directed all schools to remain closed through the end of current school year in response to the continuing spread of COVID-19.

Several weeks ago, there had been hope that students Indianapolis News may be able to return for the final weeks of the spring semester — with most schools set to end late May or early June. On March 19, exactly two weeks ago, Gov. Eric Holcomb directed schools to close through at least May 1, but called the potential for students to return a “miracle.”

Over those weeks, the virus has continued to spread. This week was the deadliest so far, with 13 new deaths reported Thursday by the Indiana State Department of Health for a total of 78 people. More than 3,000 people in Indiana have tested positive for the coronavirus.

His response: coronavirus testing for all of Carmel's city employees, and weekly testing for those who interact with the public. 

Carmel will pay for all of its roughly 700 employees to get Press Release Distribution Services In Indianapolis tested through a private lab using the city's private health insurance. His top priority is first responders such as police and firefighters, those performing building inspections, those who work with wastewater and other public-facing employees.

Brainard said the city also will pay for family members of employees with positive tests to get tested themselves.

Indianapolis lab Aria Diagnostics is charging the city of Carmel $150 per test, lower than the $175 listed for the general public on the company's website. 

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