Checking in with tri-county schools: 10 cases at Hoggard, Lincoln Elementary cluster closes building

New Hanover County Schools reported more than 90 cases of Covid-19 the week of Feb. 8-12.

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — This week, Feb. 8-12, New Hanover County Schools reported 92 cases of Covid-19, including 10 at Hoggard High, according to the district’s reporting.

After being exposed to one of the positive individuals on campus, 126 people were directed to quarantine.

Related: New Hanover County elementary students return to classrooms five days a week this March


Port City Daily obtains data for its weekly updates through NHCS’ online reporting dashboard, which is accessible to any member of the public. The system discloses cases that are self-reported by parents to the schools, which means some unreported positive tests may go unaccounted for.

Cases announced Friday afternoon or over the weekend by schools may not be included in the reporting until the following week.

Since October, New Hanover County Schools has had no clusters (five or more connected cases). Even though some schools have recorded more than five cases at time, the cases were not linked, health officials determined.

NHCS is currently allowing students to attend in-person instruction only twice a week during the pandemic. The rest of the time they learn remotely. On March 8, elementary schools will reopen fully for five days a week of face-to-face class.

Since Oct. 12, when students returned to in-person instruction, NHCS has reported 654 positive cases total.

Elementary
Alderman Elementary – 1
Bellamy Elementary – 1
Carolina Beach Elementary – 4
Castle Hayne Elementary – 1
College Road Early Childhood Center – 1
Forest Hills Elementary – 2
The International School at Gregory – 2
Holly Tree Elementary – 2
Murrayville Elementary – 3
Ogden Elementary – 2
Parsley Elementary – 2
Pine Valley Elementary – 1
Sunset Park Elementary – 5
Mary C Williams Elementary – 3
Winter Park Elementary – 4
Wrightsville Beach Elementary – 1

Middle
Holly Shelter Middle – 5
Murray Middle – 3
Myrtle Grove Middle – 4
Noble Middle – 2
Roland-Grise Middle – 6
Trask Middle – 3
Williston Middle – 7

High
Ashley High – 2
Career Readiness Academy at Mosley – 1
Hoggard High – 10
Laney High – 6
New Hanover High – 3
Wilmington Early College High – 2

Central Office
Finance – 2
Operations – 1

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Brunswick County Schools

As of Friday, Brunswick County Schools (BCS) is reporting 71 active Covid-19 cases. Three of the cases are in the central office, according to the district’s Covid-19 dashboard.

367 people are quarantining.

According to BCS, its weekly numbers are collected from the Brunswick County Health Department. It only counts positive cases that were at BCS sites prior to testing positive.

To date, BCS has recorded 327 positive cases among its students and staff. 256 of those recovered.

Related: Covid-19 cluster sends Lincoln Elementary into two weeks of remote learning

BCS’ elementary school students are attending school in-person five days a week. Middle and high school students come into buildings twice a week and learn remotely three days.

Lincoln Elementary joined two other Brunswick elementary schools – Union and Jessie Mae Monroe – this week in 100% remote after Covid-19 spread was discovered in the buildings. Lincoln Elementary in Leland is up to 16 cases. Its students will learn remotely through at least Feb. 24

Union and Jessie Mae Monroe will resume in-person instruction Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Elementary
Belville Elementary – 5
Bolivia Elementary – 8
Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary – 2
Lincoln Elementary – 16
Supply Elementary – 2
Town Creek Elementary – 4
Union Elementary – 1
Virginia William Elementary – 5

Middle
Cedar Grove Middle – 3
Leland Middle – 3
Shallotte Middle – 2
Town Creek Middle – 1

High
North Brunswick High – 10
The COAST – 1
West Brunswick High – 5

Pender County Schools

Pender County Schools’ most recent Covid-19 update is from the week of Feb. 1-7. As of then, the school district had 27 known, active Covid-19 cases.

More than 225 people were quarantining out of precaution.

In Pender County, elementary schoolers are attending school face-to-face five days a week. Middle- and high-school students are learning half remotely and half in-person.

To date, at least 433 staff and students in PCS have tested positive. Of those, 406 recovered from the virus.

Port City Daily obtains PCS’ data through its weekly district reporting. The online dashboard updates on Mondays with any positive cases the school is aware of, according to a PCS spokesperson.

Students are required by PCS to notify their school if they test positive for Covid-19 and were recently on a campus. The school district also receives information from the Pender County Health Department about cases linked to employees and students.

Elementary
Cape Fear Elementary – 3
C.F. Pope Elementary – 3
Surf City Elementary – 2
South Topsail Elementary – 1

K-8
Penderlea School – 1

Middle
Burgaw Middle – 2
Surf City Middle – 1
Topsail Middle – 4
Cape Fear Middle – 1

High
Pender Early College –2
Topsail High – 7


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