Madison schools have extended their switch from classroom instruction to virtual learning to include all of next week at both Madison Junior High School and Madison Consolidated High School.

Due to COVID-19 related issues among staff and students, and staffing issues unrelated to COVID, the school corporation originally decided to put the junior high on virtual learning Thursday through Monday. However, on Friday afternoon the schools start notifying parents by phone that both the junior high and high school will be virtual all of next week.

Meanwhile, Jefferson County’s COVID-19 death toll continues to climb with one new death reported Thursday, bringing the county’s overall total to 123.

While there were no new deaths in other area counties, high numbers of positive cases are being reported. In Jefferson County, there were 55 new positive cases while Switzerland County had 22, Trimble County had 27 and Carroll County had 37 new infections.

Jefferson County, curerntly in the “Orange” metric for medium to high spread, is at a 16.9% positivity rating. Switzerland (20.5% positivity), Trimble (34.84%) and Carroll (29.7%) are all in a “Red” metric indicating high community spread.

Indiana reported 16,563 new cases of COVID-19 to increase the overall total 1,410,021 with 75 new deaths for an overall total of 19,393 during the pandemic. Indiana’s positivity rate is 28.7%.

Kentucky reported 9,267 new cases of COVID-19 for an overall total of 962,007 and 29 new deaths for an overall total of 12,484. Kentucky’s positivity rate is 27.77%.