Indiana schools will have access to an additional $192 million in federal funds to help with the outbreak in the fall. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration said Wednesday (June 17) the CARES Act dollars can go to a variety of aspects to help with adult education, career and technical education, along with COVID-19 preparedness.
Holcomb said this funding is an addition to the $183 million budget increase schools were scheduled to receive from the Indiana budget approved in 2019. Other state agencies have been asked to make 15% cuts to their budgets for the next year, but Holcomb said K-12 schools will not have to make the same financial decisions.
The federal funds will also be made available to help schools address issues with low-income families, and more planning is underway to better equip schools with remote learning.
The update included initial findings from the second phase of a statewide testing study, which tested 3,619 people between June 3 and 8. This round found active infections were lower in phase 2, compared to the first phase which took place approximately a month earlier. Also, active antibodies had decreased.
The state reported 264 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 41,013. There have now been 2,289 deaths, with 24 news deaths reported since Tuesday.
In Harrison County, positive cases by ZIP code goes as followed:
47112 – 133
47117 – 14
47161 – 14
47136 – 11
47164 – 9
Other ZIP codes in the county either do not have more than five positive cases or do not have big enough populations to tally results. This data is expected to be updated on Friday.