COVID-19 Cluster Reported At JCPS Elementary School

The Johnston County Public Health Department reported today (Monday) a COVID-19 cluster at Cleveland Elementary School.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) defines a cluster in a child care or school setting as a minimum of five confirmed diagnostic cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases.

JCPS has followed the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic at all of our sites, including frequent sanitizing and mask wearing.

Child care operators and school principals are required per G.S. 130A-136 to report suspected cases of reportable communicable diseases (including COVID-19) to the local health director of the county or district in which the school or facility is located.

NCDHHS further states that a cluster is considered over if there is no evidence of continued transmission within the setting. This 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. If another case is detected in a child care or school setting after a cluster is declared over, the cluster is not reopened. If additional cases are subsequently reported and a new cluster exists, it will be reported as a second, new cluster in that setting.

COVID-19 case and cluster investigations are conducted by local health departments. To find more information on COVID-19 clusters please visit the NCDHHS website


  1. So? COVID isn’t a big deal especially at 99% survival rate. Even the medical experts say kids aren’t spreaders. Stop making a big f**king deal about every single case.

    • Because it’s the law and some of us are actually concerned especially when we’ve lost someone from it. Why don’t you stop commenting on every topic and being so negative.

      • So nice living in your head rent free.

        How about instead of worrying about what I do, worry about what your government does by taking away our freedoms over a virus that basically wasn’t a big of a deal as it was made out to be.

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