COVID-19 cases identified at two schools

COVID-19 cases identified at two schools
Posted on 08/25/2021
Morganton, NC – Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021

The Burke County Health Department has informed Burke County Public Schools of a cluster of COVID-19 cases at Table Rock Middle School and Drexel Elementary School. The clusters are thought to be associated with the schools’ open houses on Aug. 19. Based on local and state guidance, classes will remain in-person and the district does not plan to move the schools or particular classrooms to remote learning at this time. The NC Department of Health and Human Services defines a cluster 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.

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan said, “We will have extra staff in the buildings this evening conducting a thorough cleaning of the schools. We will continue other mitigating factors as well and remind students to properly wear their masks, practice social distancing when possible and wash their hands often. We also ask that parents please know the symptoms of COVID-19 and keep your child home if they are sick. When in doubt, we ask that you contact your health care provider and/or the school nurse. We continue to make the health and safety of students and staff a priority.”

As a reminder, the symptoms of COVID-19 are:
  • Fever (100.0° fever or higher) or chills
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Congestion or runny nose

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