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PLAINFIELD, Ind.–A coronavirus outbreak at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield has caused training there to be temporarily suspended.

Tim M. Horty, the academy’s executive director, said 10 students have tested positive so far. Another nine students are being retested after initial results came back inconclusive.

About 50 students have been told to self-isolate because they are either symptomatic or are considered close contacts of someone who tested positive. The class has 117 students.  A majority of them are not vaccinated.

Horty issued the following statement on the academy’s website: 

Because some students started showing symptoms late last week, approximately 20 students were sent home over the weekend to quarantine.  On Monday, July 26, 2021, the remainder of the class was tested for COVID and several more tested positive. All told, over 50 students out of 117 are in quarantine due to either contracting the virus, being symptomatic or coming in direct contact with someone who has the virus. 

This decision to suspend training was not made lightly, but the safety and security of our students and staff is paramount to our mission here at ILEA. We will remain in close communication with ISDH (Indiana State Department of Health) to devise a plan for reopening.