Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 16th, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to change everyday life for millions of Americans. Leaders across the county, including the Tri-State area, are providing daily updates on confirmed cases, deaths and measures taking to curb the spread of the virus.
Reportedly the latest numbers on COVID-19 in the Tri-state shows: Ohio, has 108,287 cases, and 3,826 deaths; Kentucky, has 39,315 cases and 813 deaths while Indiana, has 80,415 cases, and 2,924 deaths
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Subsequently, on August 16th, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has once again come with a plan that is extremely tedious and difficult discussed the return of high school sports.
Ironically, the governor, who said last week solidified plans will be announced this week, now says he will be addressing the return of high school sports supposedly on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020.
Current circumstances suggest such contact sports as football and soccer are permitted to practice, but competitions continue to be in an uncertain or undecided state or condition.
However, the governor added his office will unveil a finalized plan early next week. This will include a plan he longed promised that is extremely anticipated by both student-athletes and coaches.
The governor continues to say, it will not be sweeping legislation for the entire state.
Moreover, as an alternative his guidance will most likely leave sports to play or not to play up to the individual district or league.
Furthermore the governor added; “A little preview, this is a decision that will be made by parents and a decision that will be made by schools. They will make those decisions. We’ve been working with the High School Athletic Association to make it right. We’ll provided guidelines to make it as safe as possible. I have a great deal of confidence with the coaches.”
Nonetheless, the governor did promise limited number fans at each sporting event. Apparently, this could be translated as big tailgate-style football games are likely a no-go this fall for high school sports.
Reportedly, the Governor said; “We want to make sure that the parents the people who mean a lot to that particular child have the opportunity to see them. For the rest of us, we’ll have to hear about the game online or in papers.”
The overwhelming attitude of many seems to suggest that delaying the announcement has put a strain on athletic directors, coaches and students alike, all wondering if they will play again this year.
Many are lamenting that the delay means frustration and confusion. Reportedly, Evan Dreyer the football coach from Anderson High School had this to say, “our kids have been in tune. They want to play in the season.”
Dreyer believes a decision to cancel the fall season would be devastating for his team, particularly the seniors.
Reportedly, Dreyer added; “Our kids know that every year is special. You only get so many games in football. After high school, you don’t get to put on the helmet and shoulder pads. There are only 1% of high school athletes that go on and play college football. This is special for everybody.”
Meanwhile on Thursday Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear pointed to the spread of the coronavirus among children in urging school districts to show patience and hold off resuming in-person classes until late September.
The governor continued to say, the daily statewide report on new virus cases included six cases among school-age children in Warren County and six in Hardin County. Additionally, in the past three weeks, 86 school-age children have tested positive for the virus in Warren County.
Consistently Beshear told reporters, without the testing, those children could have exposed others if schools were reopened for in-person classes. That should reinforce decisions by school districts to show patience in reopening schools.
Beshear added; “Let’s make sure that the decisions we make set us up for actual success and don’t set us back as a state. And as I’ve said before, let’s not experiment with the health of our children.”
However, on Monday, the Democratic governor recommended that schools be delayed until September 28th, 2020 to resume in-person classes. Beshear, being a father of two children was extremely adamant as he considered this enormous tough but necessary step.
Nevertheless Beshear with great pain and sadness on Thursday reported there are 785 new virus cases across Kentucky.
Subsequently, Kentucky’s positivity rate is a rolling figure reflecting the average number of tests coming back positive for COVID-19 which rose slightly to 5.67%. Beshear said, these number needs to drop significantly.
The Indiana State Department of Health announced Sunday that 750 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 80,415 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.
A total of 2,924 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of three from the previous day. Another 209 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.
As of Sunday, more than 35% of ICU beds and nearly 82% of ventilators are available across the state.
To date, Indiana is experiencing 906,851 tests for unique individuals have been reported to ISDH, up from 897,615 on Saturday.
Symptoms: According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Emergency warning signs include: Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse and Bluish lips or face.
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
This chart from Prospect Pediatrics compares COVID-19 symptoms to the cold and flu:
Resources: Ohio coronavirus hotline: 833-427-5634, Kentucky coronavirus hotline: (800) 722-5725 and Indiana general questions can be directed to the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Lastly, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website