The Moore County Health Department has been monitoring the status of confirmed positive COVID-19 test results associated with Magic Years Childcare Center in Robbins located at 635 East Forest Street.
To date, four children and two staff members associated with the center have been confirmed COVID-19 positive, meeting the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) definition of a “cluster.”
A “cluster” is defined as five or more cases over a fourteen-day period with linkage between cases.
The center was closed on July 17 when initial cases were identified. No announcement has been made yet as to when the center will re-open.
This is Moore County’s first reported cluster in a childcare setting and the twelfth reported for the state. On June 22, NCDHHS began public reporting of COVID-19 clusters in licensed/regulated school and childcare settings.
Cluster reporting is new at the state level, but childcare centers and schools were already required to report COVID-19 cases, as well as other communicable diseases, to local health departments and to parents.
For childcare centers and schools, NCDHHS uses the term “cluster” as opposed to “outbreak” because of the setting, as it can be difficult to accurately determine how transmission occurred, and whether it occurred within the setting or from within the broader community.
You can find more detailed information regarding ongoing COVID-19 clusters in childcare and school settings in Moore and other NC counties by accessing a report published by NCDHHS by clicking here.