North Carolina

The data will be updated two times a week. Once on Tuesday and once on Friday.

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.

 

About the Data:

  • This report will includes licensed/regulated child care centers and school where there is an ongoing cluster.

  • Starting September 25, 2020, NCDHHS began reporting on two new measures on the NC COVID-19 Dashboard: 1. Antigen-positive cases and deaths, and 2. Antigen tests completed.

  • Cases now reflect individuals with a positive molecular (PCR) or positive antigen test result.

  • In a child care or school setting, a COVID-19 cluster is defined as a minimum of five positive cases identified through a positive molecular (PCR) or positive antigen test result with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases. A cluster is considered over if there is not 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. 

  • Cluster is considered over if there is not 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. The cases in Cluster Considered Over in this report are only the closed ones since the last report was published

  • COVID-19 deaths include individuals who have had a positive molecular (PCR) or positive antigen test for COVID-19, who died without fully recovering from COVID-19, and who had no alternative cause of death identified.

  • Time is required to determine whether a given COVID-19 case is associated with a child care or school setting, gather follow-up information, and enter it into NC COVID. Thus, data included in this report may differ from data available through NC Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Data is preliminary, and these numbers and settings are subject to change as more information is obtained during cluster investigations. Cases listed below represent the cumulative number of cases during the cluster and do not necessarily represent active cases. Child care or school settings with less than 10 children or staff are not included to protect confidentiality.

Child Care or School Setting with an Ongoing Cluster
Total Staff Cases: 282
Total Staff Deaths: 0
Total Student Cases: 519
Total Student Deaths: 0
Total Cases: 801
Total Deaths: 0


​Child Care or School Setting Cluster Considered Over Since Last Report
Total Staff Cases: 21
Total Staff Deaths: 0
Total Student Cases: 32
Total Student Deaths: 0
Total Cases: 53
Total Deaths: 0

Total cases with Ongoing and Recent Over Cluster: 854

Source: NC Department of Health and Human Services

Data End Date: 2/26/2021

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