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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina well being officers on Tuesday launched a report displaying 170 ongoing COVID-19 clusters in Okay-12 faculties or little one care settings.
Whereas the state Division of Well being and Human Providers stated it doesn’t have knowledge on the variety of pupils quarantined statewide or the share of these pressured to overlook faculty with out a distant studying possibility, districts with out mask-wearing necessities are seeing considerably extra unfold of the virus and hours of misplaced studying amongst college students.
Union County Public Faculties, which voted down a proposal final month to require masks sporting in the state’s sixth-largest public faculty district, reported about one in 8 of the greater than 41,000 college students in the district have been beneath quarantine, as of Friday. The greater than 5,200 college students have been positioned beneath quarantine after 337 pupils examined optimistic for the virus final week.
In the meantime, the Wake County Public Faculty System, the place masks are obligatory and which is 4 occasions bigger than Union County Public Faculties, has lower than a fourth the variety of college students quarantined. Information from the Wake County district reveals lower than 1,300 of its greater than 161,000 pupils have been quarantined final week.
In Durham County, the place face coverings are additionally obligatory, the general public faculty district with practically 31,000 pupils studying in particular person reported 97 new circumstances amongst college students final week.
The weekly report state well being officers up to date on Tuesday reveals the Union Academy Constitution Faculty in Monroe has the worst cluster in North Carolina, with 111 optimistic circumstances, together with 98 amongst kids. This quantities to about one in 20 of the constitution faculty’s college students being contaminated. Constitution Day Faculty in Brunswick County has the following highest cluster of 81 contaminated kids, adopted distantly by Emereau Constitution Faculty in Bladen County with 31 infections amongst college students.