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How many Covid-19 cases were in tri-county schools this week [Free]

New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender county school districts are releasing their Covid-19 numbers weekly. (Port City Daily photo/file)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — After the holiday break, students are returning to classrooms across the tri-county area, slowly but surely.

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In New Hanover County, elementary school students have another week of remote instruction before they return to in-person classes part-time on Jan. 25. The middle and high schoolers returned to school this past Monday under the Plan B model, which allows for two days a week of face-to-face instruction and three days virtual.

Brunswick County Schools delayed their return to the buildings after clusters were identified on two of its campuses. Students have been learning from home so far this semester. On Tuesday, after the Martin Luther King holiday, BCS elementary school students will return to physical classes five days a week under Plan A and middle and high school students will resume Plan B. The governor has not yet allowed secondary schools to reopen fully.

Pender County students were back to in-person learning as soon as Jan. 7. Elementary schools are in Plan A while the upper-grade levels are operating under Plan B.

Below is a tri-county look at the status of Covid-19 in public schools from Jan 11-15.

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New Hanover

Forty-seven staff and students in New Hanover County Schools tested positive for Covid-19 this week and 59 people were assigned to quarantine for exposure, according to the district’s reporting.

As of Jan. 15, NHCS has recorded a total of 318 positive cases in its schools since Oct. 12.

Anderson – 4
Blair – 2
Carolina Beach – 1
Codington – 2
College Park – 1
College Road Early Childhood Center – 1
Forest Hills – 1
Freeman – 1
The International School at Gregory – 1
Murrayville – 1
Sunset Park – 2
Mary C Williams – 1

Murray – 1
Noble – 2
Roland-Grise – 4

Ashley – 3
Career Readiness Academy at Mosley – 1
Hoggard – 1
Laney – 9
New Hanover – 5
Southeast Area Technical – 1

Central office
Instructional Services – 1
Operations – 1


As of Jan. 15, Brunswick County Schools is reporting 15 active Covid-19 cases, including one person who works in central services.

Forty people are quarantining after making close contact with someone who later tested positive, according to the school district’s dashboard.

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To date, BCS has recorded a total of 168 positive cases in its schools, of which 153 are recovered.

Bolivia – 1
Southport – 2
Supply – 3

Waccamaw – 1

Leland – 2
Shallotte – 1
South Brunswick – 1
Town Creek – 1

North Brunswick – 1
West Brunswick – 1


Pender County Schools’ most recent update is from the week of Jan. 4-10. As of then, there were 21 active cases of Covid-19 and 131 people were quarantined due to exposure.

A total of 306 people in Pender County Schools have tested positive to date and 285 have recovered from the virus.

C.F. Pope – 2
Malpass Corner – 1
North Topsail – 2
Rocky Point – 1
South Topsail – 2
Surf City – 1
Penderlea – 5

Surf City – 2

Heide Trask – 2
Topsail – 3

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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