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Entire class at local elementary school placed in quarantine

Officials with the Vincennes Community School Corp. on Friday announced that a student at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School had tested positive for COVID-19.

The student was last in school on Oct. 9. The entire class has been placed into quarantine, according to a notice sent out to parents. That is the only active case of the coronavirus VCSC officials are reporting at this time, but this is the second class that has been placed into quarantine since school began in August. The first was a first-grade class at Tecumseh-Harrison Elementary School.

South Knox officials are reporting a single case at the elementary school as well; North Knox is reporting no cases at all.

Knox County on Friday saw another 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19, officially breaking a lengthy trend of ten or fewer new cases reported per day. There have been 10 deaths so far, but none in weeks.

There have now been 647 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus here since the outbreak began in March.

The county’s positivity rate stands at 3.5%.

Statewide, Friday brought an additional 2,328 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as well as another 22 deaths. The total number of Hoosier cases so far now stands at 143,495. There have been 3,654 deaths.

United Way to host chili-themed poker run

The United Way of Knox County on Oct. 23 will host its biannual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cook-off — but with a poker run twist.

Due to COVID-19, the organization has opted to forego its typical gathering in favor of spreading the cooks throughout town.

Attendees must first visit the Riverfront Pavilion to be handed a route map of chili stops and basic instructions. Chili-tasting stops will be primarily concentrated to the downtown area: City Hall, Best One Tire, HartBell LLC and so on.

Chefs will serve patrons through their car windows, or participants can park and visit the chef’s table, though social distancing will be encouraged.

At ten of those locations, participants will be given one playing card to build their poker hand. The best dealt hand at the end of the night will win a prize.

The cook-off is set for 6-9 p.m.

To learn more, contact the United Way at 812-882-3624.

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