116 Covid-19 cases reported in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender public schools [Free]

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — As Covid-19 numbers continue to rise nationwide, the numbers in school buildings are reflecting those trends, and clusters are becoming increasingly common.

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Just this week, two clusters were confirmed at Leland Middle and Town Creek Elementary. Both Brunswick County Schools transitioned their students to remote learning toward the end of this week.


More than 1,600 people in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties collectively tested positive for Covid-19 in the last two weeks, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Below is a tri-county look at the active cases in public schools between Dec. 14-18.

New Hanover

This week New Hanover County Schools reported 43 cases of Covid-19 in its facilities, including three cases in administrative buildings. Due to contact with the individuals, a total of 54 people were assigned to quarantine.

The district has recorded a total of 208 positive cases since Aug. 17 and directed more than 450 people to quarantine since Oct. 12.

Elementary
Bellamy – 3
Blair – 1
Carolina Beach – 1
College Park – 1
Eaton – 1
Forest Hills – 1
The International School at Gregory – 2
Ogden – 1
Porters Neck – 1
Snipes – 2
Wrightsboro – 1

Middle
Holly Shelter – 1
Noble – 1
Roland-Grise – 1

High
Ashley – 7
Career Readiness Academy at Mosley – 1
Hoggard – 6
Isaac Bear Early College – 1
Laney – 5
New Hanover – 1
Southeast Area Technical – 1

Brunswick

After Brunswick County identified increased Covid-19 activity within several schools, its board of education unanimously voted to revert back to Plan C at the start of next semester.

When students return from the holiday break, all grade levels will learn remotely through Jan. 19.

This week Brunswick County Schools reported 41 cases among its students and staff members, including 31 cases at Town Creek Elementary and one person at the central services office.

After making close contact with a positive individual, 321 people were directed to quarantine, including 135 staff and students at Town Creek Elementary.

Due to a staffing issue, Town Creek Elementary turned Wednesday into a teacher workday as it simultaneously dealt with the outbreak in the building. On Thursday all grade levels at the school learned remotely, and Friday was the start of the break for all students.

Leland Middle, which is also a confirmed cluster with seven cases, transitioned to a staff workday on Thursday, as an effort to mitigate spread.

Brunswick County Schools has recorded a total of 141 positive cases in its schools to date. Of those, 90 are recovered.

Elementary
Lincoln – 2
Town Creek – 31

K-8
Waccamaw – 1

Middle
Leland – 7
Shallotte – 2

High
North Brunswick – 2
South Brunswick – 3
The COAST – 1
West Brunswick – 1

Pender

Pender County Schools releases data on Covid-19 in its facilities every Monday on its online dashboard.

A total of 32 staff and students were isolating for the virus the week of Dec. 7-12, including one person in the central office. Out of precaution, 179 people entered quarantine.

Pender County Schools has seen 198 cases since Aug. 12. Of those, 166 are recovered.

Elementary
Cape Fear – 1
C.F. Pope – 4
Malpass Corner – 2
Rocky Point – 2
South Topsail – 3

Middle
Cape Fear – 1
Penderlea – 2
Surf City – 1

High
Heide Trask – 3
Pender – 2
Topsail – 10


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