WCPS reports several COVID-19 clusters

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Four COVID-19 clusters were identified at three schools last week, according to Wayne County Public Schools officials.

Southern Wayne reported a cluster involving five football players and also had virus concerns in its volleyball programs. The Saints canceled junior varsity and varsity football contests against East Wake, and volleyball conference matches with Smithfield-Selma and Fike.

“We have had only one or two on each team test positive, but there is enough of a concern to error on the side of safety,” Saints athletics director David Lee said in a text message.

Lee said the situation would be reevaluated Monday.

Spring Creek head football coach and co-athletics director Daniel Robinson said boys’ soccer, varsity football, girls’ tennis and cheerleading are all quarantined. The boys’ soccer team is quarantined for the second time this season, and has not played a game since Aug. 26.

Robinson said half of the football team was quarantined due to exposure. No positive tests were recorded.

“Our school nurses and school administrative teams are working hard to contact trace and conduct thorough investigations for every case that is reported,” said Dr. David Lewis, WCPS superintendent. “Their efforts are critical in helping us and local health officials determine when concerning trends or issues are occurring.”

Clusters were reported at Dillard and Norwayne middle schools.

Dillard said its cluster involved one staff member and eight eighth-grade students.

Norwayne’s cluster has 11 students, including six on the football team.

Lewis said two separate cases were reported Sept. 9 and 10.

“Through contact tracing and follow-up investigations this week, we learned about the additional cases, which we believe can be reasonably connected within each cluster,” Lewis said.

Rosewood’s football program has been on pause for two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns.

As part of its COVID-19 response protocols, WCPS reported and confirmed the clusters with the Wayne County Health Department. All recommended guidelines from the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) are being followed.

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