The Moore County Health Department, in conjunction with Moore County Schools, has been monitoring the status of confirmed positive COVID-19 test results associated with Robbins Elementary School.
To date, six staff members associated with the school 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 COVID-19 positive staff members are currently abiding by isolation orders. One classroom of students associated with the affected staff has been quarantined for a period of fourteen days. A remote learning plan will be implemented for those students while they are under quarantine.
This is Moore County’s first reported COVID-19 cluster in a public-school setting.
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.