CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. — Officials reported Monday that there were 17 COVID-19 positive cases at W.M. Irvin Elementary School in Concord.
As a result, Cabarrus County leaders said the school will move to place C (remote learning) from March 30 to April 1.
In addition to the COVID-19 positive students, 95 students were placed under quarantine, which represents 19% of the school population.
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Everyone who tested positive is isolated and people they were in close contact with have been given quarantine orders.
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“We appreciate (Cabarrus Health Alliance’s) professional expertise and its guidance. Providing a safe and healthy learning/working environment is among our top priorities. We will continue implementing our established deep-cleaning protocols at Irvin Elementary so that the building is ready for students and staff after spring break,” said Brian Schultz, CCS interim superintendent.
Health officials have been unable to identify a link between the positive cases to signify a COVID-19 cluster.
State health leaders say, “a cluster in an educational setting is five or more cases with initial positive results within a 14-day period and the ability to verify that the cases were present in the same setting during the same time period.” Links in a school setting could include being in the same classroom, riding the same bus or attending the same after school program.
Parents will receive a Blackboard Connect phone call and email from the school’s principal Monday afternoon.
Individuals with children at Irvin Elementary School are encouraged to contact their primary care provider if they or their child begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, and loss of taste or smell. If they do not have a primary care provider, contact CHA’s Call Center at 704-920-1213.