Sep 11, 2020 10:30 AM

Just 89 active cases as of Thursday with first school gating decision date Friday

Posted Sep 11, 2020 10:30 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — At the end of the day Thursday, Reno County had just 89 active cases of COVID-19.

According to the Reno County dashboard, only 40 cases remain at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility and just one other cluster related case is active, that at Hutchinson Community College.

There hasn't been a large impact on the community's positive test rate yet, as it is still at 7.10% heading into the first day of decisions for school districts on gating criteria on Friday.

Though community-wide testing has started with work last Saturday, there still haven't been enough tests for districts to use the positive testing rate metric to decide where they fall on the gating criteria.

The number they will use is 14-day new case count. That number has not yet been released, but Buhler USD 313 said on Facebook this week that an email will be sent to all PowerSchool contacts in its district on Friday mornings at 11:30 with the Safety Zone decision for the following week.

The other districts in the county have not released how they will tell parents about the weekly updates.