Coronavirus Pandemic: What you need to know Wednesday

The state continues to see a drop in its testing positivity rate, a key measurement of the virus’ presence in the state.

According to state data, Ohio has a running 7-day average of 4.3 percent positivity, which is down 0.2 percent from Tuesday.

The decline comes as Premier Health announced the closure of its UD Arena test site after Friday and will begin five new testing locations next week.

Brookville High School, which returns to class this week, has announced some requirements students will follow this year. When in the classrooms, students are expected to have a face covering when appropriate distancing cannot be maintained.

Students will be expected to maintain a maximum physical distance from peers whenever possible. They will also be expected to clean desks and seats at the beginning and conclusion of each class as directed by staff. Consideration will be given to age appropriateness.

While in the hallways and at their lockers students will be expected to take the following precautions:

● Wearing a face covering is required when in hallways or at lockers.

● Report immediately to your classroom, upon entering the building.

● Carry a water bottle as water fountains will not be available for use.

● Follow all signage in the hallways and common areas.

● Stay to the right when traveling down hallways and using stairs.

● Follow locker use schedules as provided by staff for buildings who issue lockers. Building differences as noted Brookville Elementary School

● Access assigned cubbies only during scheduled time provided by the classroom teacher. Brookville High/Intermediate School

● Follow established procedures concerning locker use.

If students chose to go online the school has given the following steps to make sure students are ready for online learning:

● Follow a regular “school schedule” (recommended) to help keep routines in place while working from home.

● Communicate questions and concerns immediately to teachers.

● Participate in virtual sessions with teachers as scheduled.

● Watch lessons provided by teachers and complete assignments according to timelines.

The student’s parents or caregivers will be expected to provide the following:

● Monitor student progress on coursework.

● Develop a “school schedule” (recommended) to keep routines in place for students while working from home.

● Communicate questions and concerns immediately to staff.

Things you need to know today, Wednesday:

Other things you should know today:

LATEST STATE DATA: As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been at least 110,881 confirmed or probable cases in the state, 3,907 deaths, and 12,529 hospitalizations, according to the Ohio Department of Health. 90,436 people are presumed to have recovered from the virus in the state.

Ohio has an estimated population of approximately 11.7 million, census records show.

[ Local cases, deaths reported to Ohio Department of Health ]

There have been 1,882,588 people tested for the coronavirus in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

A total of 12,428 health care workers have tested positive which is about 11 percent of the cases.

[ Local cases, deaths reported to Ohio Department of Health ]