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More than 200 people in Buncombe County Schools tested positive for COVID-19 last week. 

According to weekly updates published to the schools’ websites Sept. 16, the district saw a cumulative 219 cases from Sept. 8-15. T.C. Roberson High School led the district in new cases with 24. 

The 219 cases reported Sept. 16 is a jump from the previous week when 189 people tested positive from Sept. 1-8, according to the schools’ websites.

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The NC Department of Health reported Sept. 14 that Roberson had a COVID-19 cluster — meaning five of the cases were connected to each other. According to the state’s report, North Buncombe Elementary School also had a five-person COVID-19 cluster.

North Buncombe Elementary had a total of seven positives from Sept. 1-8, the school’s website states.

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For NCDHHS to consider an outbreak to be a cluster, the positive cases in a certain area must be linked — meaning the infected people passed the virus to others.

When this happens, all people deemed close contacts are required to quarantine for varying amounts of time depending on masking habits, symptoms and vaccination status. 

The clusters at North Buncombe and Roberson are not related to each other, according to a BCS email reporting the cases.

“The areas related to these cases have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Operations at North Buncombe Elementary and T.C. Roberson High will continue as usual,” the email said.

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