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.