Three Creekside Elementary School employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

“While we cannot legally release the identities of our employees, we can inform you that our school nurses, in consultation with the Craven County Health Department, have been investigating these cases and have communicated with all staff members who may have had contact with the positive employees in the 48 hours prior to developing symptoms,” Craven County Schools announced.

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All known contacts have been quarantined and all staff in the affected school were informed as soon as contact tracing was complete.

Craven County has 971 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, of which 109 are active cases, according to the Craven County Health Department. Of the 971 cases, 836 have recovered since mid-March. There have been 26 deaths related to the virus, including nine at two area skilled nursing facilities in New Bern. Seven patients are currently hospitalized. 

Craven County Schools continues to follow guidance from the Craven County Department of Health (CCHD), North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure the safety of all staff and students during the pandemic.

Craven County Schools have implemented strict guidelines related to wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing in its buildings as well as providing regular reminders about hand washing.

They perform daily temperature and symptom screening of all persons who enter CCS facilities. Based on guidelines from the CDC, if an employee has been determined to have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, they must remain out of school for 14 days since the last date of exposure unless they test positive.

Employees must complete the full 14 days of quarantine, even if they test negative.

Craven County School continues to advise strict observance of the “3 W’s:” Wear a mask, Wait six (6) feet away from others, and Wash hands often.

These strategies work at home and while in community settings with large groups of people.

If you are concerned that you may have come into contact with the virus, you should seek the advice of your healthcare provider or Craven County Health Department.

If any of staff members develop symptoms of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of illness), they are required to remain home and inform the school nurse of any symptoms.

“Ensuring that our school family and community are safe is of the greatest importance to our school system. We will continue following our established safety and health protocols,” the school district announced.

For additional questions about COVID-19, please visit the CDC coronavirus webpage at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/

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