Monday, March 4, 2024

Checking in with tri-county schools: Holly Shelter, South Brunswick High identified as Covid-19 clusters

New Hanover County Schools reported 62 cases of Covid-19 for the week of Feb. 15-19.

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — New Hanover County Schools reported 62 cases of Covid-19 and one new cluster at a middle school the week of Feb. 15-19, according to the district’s reporting.

A total of 87 people are quarantining due to exposure at the schools.

Health officials found seven cases at Holly Shelter Middle were connected.

According to a New Hanover County Schools press release, the county health department is not recommending closing the building “because the cluster was immediately isolated.”

Fourteen individuals who were near the contacts are quarantining for two weeks.

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 public online reporting. The system discloses cases that are self-reported by parents to the schools, which means some unreported positive tests may go unaccounted for. Additionally, cases reported Friday afternoon or through the weekend may not be included in the reporting until the following Friday.

Since Oct. 12, when students returned to in-person instruction, NHCS has reported 716 positive cases total.

Anderson Elementary – 2
Blair Elementary – 2
Carolina Beach Elementary – 4
Castle Hayne Elementary – 3
Codington Elementary – 3
Eaton Elementary – 3
Murrayville Elementary – 1
Ogden Elementary – 1
Pine Valley Elemtary – 1
Snipes Elementary – 3
Mary C Williams Elementary – 1
Winter Park Elementary – 3
Wrightsville Beach Elementary – 4

Holly Shelter Middle – 8
Myrtle Grove Middle – 2
Noble Middle – 2
Roland-Grise Middle – 5
Trask Middle – 1
Williston Middle – 1

Ashley High – 4
Career Readiness Academy at Mosley – 3
Laney High – 1
New Hanover High – 3
Wilmington Early College High – 1

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Brunswick County Schools

Brunswick County Schools is reporting 41 active Covid-19 cases, including one in the central services office, according to the district’s Covid-19 dashboard.

278 people are quarantining as of Friday.

Another Covid-19 cluster was discovered late this week at South Brunswick High. The district has shifted all students to remote learning through March 5.

Students of North Brunswick High and Lincoln Elementary are also learning from home this week after Covid-19 clusters were identified in their buildings.

According to BCS, its weekly numbers are collected from the Brunswick County Health Department. Only positive cases that were at BCS locations prior to testing positive are included in the report.

To date, BCS has recorded 353 positive cases among its students and staff. 312 of those recovered.

Belville Elementary – 1
Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary – 3
Lincoln Elementary – 6
Town Creek Elementary – 1
Virginia Williamson Elementary – 3

Waccamaw – 1

Cedar Grove Middle – 1
Leland Middle – 3
Shallotte Middle – 2
South Brunswick Middle – 1
Town Creek Middle – 1
Union Elementary – 2

Early College High – 1
North Brunswick High – 5
South Brunswick High – 5
West Brunswick High – 4

Pender County Schools

Pender County Schools’ most recent Covid-19 update is from the week of Feb. 8-14. As of then, the school district had 18 known, active Covid-19 cases.

100 people were quarantining after being exposed to the virus.

To date, 454 staff and students in PCS have tested positive. Of those, 436 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 must notify their school if they test positive for Covid-19. The school district also receives information through the Pender County Health Department about cases among employees and students.

Cape Fear Elementary – 1
C.F. Pope Elementary – 3
Rocky Point Elementary – 1
Rocky Point Elementary – 1
South Topsail Elementary – 1
Topsail Elementary – 1

Burgaw Middle – 2
Topsail Middle – 3

Pender High – 1
Topsail High – 4

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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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