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Thursday, May 23, 2024

How many Covid-19 cases were in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender schools this week [Free]

New Hanover County Schools reported 47 Covid-19 cases among students and staff this week. (Port City Daily photo/file)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — New Hanover County Schools elementary students were remote for their third week this semester, while middle and high schoolers commenced their second week under the Plan B model, which allows for two days a week of face-to-face instruction and three days virtual.

Elementary school students return to in-person classes under Plan B on Jan. 25. It’s still unknown when NHCS will reopen elementary schools to students five days a week under Plan A.

Related: New Hanover County commissioners reaction to school board reopening decision poses questions

This week, 47 staff and students in New Hanover County Schools tested positive for Covid-19 and 100 people were assigned to quarantine for exposure, according to the district’s reporting.

Hoggard and Laney high schools are currently seeing the highest Covid-19 numbers in the district. Both have eight Covid-19 cases each, although neither is considered a cluster this time, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. A cluster consists of five or more cases that are proven to be connected.

As of Jan. 22, NHCS has recorded a total of 365 positive cases in its schools since Oct. 12, the day students returned to in-person school on a part-time basis.


Anderson – 1
Bellamy – 2
Carolina Beach – 1
Eaton – 4
Holly Tree – 3
Howe PreK Center – 1
Parsley – 1


Murray – 4
Myrtle Grove – 1
Noble – 2


Ashley – 4
Hoggard – 8
Laney – 8
New Hanover – 3

Central office

Human Resources – 1
Operations – 3

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Brunswick County Schools were back to school this week after a return to face-to-face classes was delayed in response to two clusters on separate campuses. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, after the Martin Luther King holiday, BCS elementary school students returned to physical classes five days a week under Plan A and middle and high school students resumed Plan B.

Already, there are seven cases at West Brunswick High, and notably, Town Creek Elementary has four active cases. The elementary school endured a severe outbreak last month that closed the school to students for the two remaining days before the Christmas break.

Related: How Town Creek Elementary became the largest Covid-19 cluster in NC

Brunswick County Schools is reporting 33 active Covid-19 cases and 139 quarantines as of Jan. 22, according to the school district’s dashboard.

To date, BCS has recorded a total of 195 positive cases in its schools, of which 162 are recovered.


Belville – 3
Bolivia – 2
Jessie Mae Monroe – 2
Southport – 1
Supply – 2
Town Creek – 4
Union – 1
Virginia Williamson – 1


Waccamaw – 1


Cedar Grove – 1
Town Creek – 1
Leland – 2
South Brunswick – 2


North Brunswick – 2
South Brunswick – 1
West Brunswick – 7


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

The district’s most recent update is from the week of Jan. 11-17. As of then, there were 17 active cases of Covid-19 and 112 people were quarantined due to exposure.

A total of 340 people in Pender County Schools have tested positive to date and 323 have recovered from the virus.


Cape Fear – 2
C.F. Pope – 3
Surf City – 2
Malpass Corner – 2


Burgaw – 2
Cape Fear – 2
West Pender – 2


Heide Trask – 1
Pender – 1

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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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