HARDIN COUNTY, Ill. (WSIL) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health released a list of 1,472 schools potentially exposed to COVID-19.
Hardin County High School is one of 13 southern Illinois-area schools that are on the IDPH list.
But Hardin County CUSD #1 Superintendent Andy Edmondson says the numbers are improving.
After closing in late August, 81 Hardin County students were either out with COVID-19 or had close contact with someone infected. Since reopening on Labor Day, Edmondson says he's seen progress.
"There's less than 23 cases in the county if you want to use the health departments numbers," Edmondson said. "We're a small percentage of that at this point."
According to IDPH data, fewer than five cases named the school as a place they visited though it doesn't mean they were infected there. Edmondson says the number of infections have plummetted to less than 10%.
"Numbers are going down and have stayed down," Edmondson said. "We handled it."
Edmondson says parents and community members have been 'very supportive' and says mitigations have become more 'manageable'. Edmondson adds they're prepared for mitigations to become the new reality.
"We still have a hiccup here and there but that's our new norm I believe," Edmondson said. " I just hope we can manage it from this point moving forward."