Johnston Elementary School, in the Buncombe County Schools district, was the reported school. Health and school officials said contact tracing has been performed for these 6 cases and individuals have been notified. The area related to these clusters has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, allowing operations at the school to continue as usual.
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In addition to this cluster, several other clusters at local schools have been listed on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, as of March 26.
In a child care or school setting, a COVID-19 cluster is defined as a minimum of 5 positive cases identified through a positive molecular (PCR) or positive antigen test result with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases. A cluster is considered over if there is not evidence of continued transmission within the setting, which is measured as 28 days after the latest date of onset in a symptomatic person or the latest date of specimen collection in an asymptomatic person, whichever is later.
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The other local schools currently facing ongoing COVID-19 clusters, as listed on the NCDHHS website, are as follows:
- 7 cases: ChildCare Network #177-Fairview (Buncombe County)
- 5 cases: The Beacon Child Development Center (Henderson County)
- 24 cases: Asheville Christian Academy (Buncombe County)
- 12 cases: Fletcher Academy (Henderson County)
- 6 cases: Hendersonville High School (Henderson County)
- 5 cases: Mills River Elementary (Henderson County)
- 6 cases: Woodson Branch Nature School (Madison County)
The Johnston Elementary cluster is expected to show up on the NCDHHS COVID-19 Ongoing Clusters in Child Care and School Settings Report by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30.
For more information about preschools and K-12 schools with ongoing COVID-19 clusters, click HERE. NCDHHS updates its data of COVID-19 clusters in school settings every Tuesday.