BREAKING: 1st COVID-19 Cases For South Bend Schools, PHM And City Of South Bend Gov't

Mar 24, 2020

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According to a release from the City of South Bend, a city government worker has COVID-19. 

Here is the statement released:

A City of South Bend employee who works in the County-City Building tested positive today for COVID-19. The employee has been directed to self-isolate at home, and the City is taking appropriate steps to notify and quarantine others who may have been in contact with the individual.

The City has already implemented work-from-home requirements for many of the employees that work in the County-City building, and the City is taking necessary precautions to ensure worker safety.

And earlier Tuesday PHM families received notice that a member of the Walt Disney Elementary School community tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Here is more information on that as provided in the letter:

The person is believed to have been exposed Tuesday, March 10th and was present at Walt Disney on March 11th through the 13th. The person experienced mild symptoms and is doing well at home in self-isolation and did not need hospitalization. For privacy reasons, we cannot disclose the identity of the person.  

Out of an abundance of caution, anyone who was present at Walt Disney between March 11th through the 13th and experiencing any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, cough, and fever should stay at home, self-isolate, and contact your medical provider for evaluation and further guidance.

Walt Disney was also a site location for meal pickups from Monday, March 16th through Monday, March 23rd. Because the person at issue was not in the school after Friday, March 13th and was not involved in the distribution of meals, the Health Department believes the risk of exposure from this person to those involved with or picking up meals at Walt Disney is extremely low or non-existent.


A person who is a coach and parent in the South Bend Community School Corporation has tested positive for COVID-19. SBCSC made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

This person informed the school corporation Tuesday. Officials say the person does not require hospitalization and is quarantined at home.

The children of this parent attend two different schools in the corporation and officials say the other parents at those schools have been notified.

Superintendent Todd Cummings said in a press release quote “Given the nature of this virus, the school corporation is not surprised by this news.”

The parent believes they were exposed to COVID-19 about two weeks ago.

Governor Eric Holcomb recently ordered all schools in Indiana to close until May 1st.


The latest COVID-19 figures have been released by the Indiana State Dept. of Health. Deaths have gone from 7 to 12 in one day. In St. Joseph County, positive cases are actually at 17 according to county health officials even though the latest map shows the county as having 15 cases. Starke County has seen its first case. State figures show Elkhart County has 4 cases and LaPorte County has 2 cases. It is important to note, that throughout the outbreak, state figures have frequently lagged behind information available at the county level regarding positive cases

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Gov. Holcomb is scheduled to speak at 2:30pm today regarding the latest on the outbreak. At 11:59pm tonight Holcomb's 'stay-at-home' order goes into effect in Indiana.