A Craven County Schools employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

Three others tested positive last week at Creekside Elementary. The location of this new case was not given.

The school system backed away from in-person classes and chose online-only classes for the first nine weeks of the semester.

Only faculty and staff have been on campus while school is in session.

Craven County Schools follows 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.

“We have been notified that we have an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19,” the district announced late Sunday. “While we cannot legally release the identity of our employee, we can inform you that our school nurses, in consultation with the Craven County Health Department, have been investigating this case and there are NO employees who may have had direct contact with the positive employee in the 48 hours prior to developing symptoms. Finally, all staff in the affected school have been informed as well.”

Craven County Schools has 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. In which case, exclusion criteria would apply. 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, await 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 our staff members develop symptoms of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of illness), we are requiring that they 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.”

For additional information about COVID-19, visit the CDC coronavirus website.

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