Lincoln Elementary students will be learning remotely until at least Feb. 24, a spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools announced Wednesday. The campus will be closed for the next two weeks following “an increase in Covid-19 activity,” the spokesperson wrote.
Brunswick County Health Services informed the school system that five individuals affiliated with Lincoln Elementary tested positive for the virus in recent days. According to the school system spokesperson, the group of five includes students and employees.
“Staff will work remote on Thursday, 2/11/21 and return to Lincoln Elementary on Friday, 2/12/21 while students continue their instruction in 100% remote format,” according to the spokesperson’s email.
As of Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services had not identified a concentrated group of cases at Lincoln Elementary, according to an outbreak tracker published twice weekly.
Before the announcement, Lincoln Elementary had seven active Covid-19 cases and 41 people quarantining following potential exposures. There have been around 300 cases of Covid-19 in Brunswick County Schools, according to the county’s dashboard. The spokesperson said he did not know whether the five cases announced Wednesday were included in the previous day’s metrics.
North Carolina’s case counts are on a downward trend for the first time in months, and the DHHS downgraded New Hanover County’s severity level when it comes to community spread of the virus.
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