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Alamance-Burlington Schools (ABSS), in conjunction with the Alamance County Health Department (ACHD), closely monitors the status of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the district’s 36 schools. Today, the ACHD communicated that five (5) confirmed cases associated with individuals who have been on the campus recently at Hillcrest Elementary School in
Burlington meet the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) definition of a “cluster.” A “cluster” is defined as five or more epidemiologically linked cases over a 14-day period.
The process of contact tracing was performed through ACHD with assistance from school nurses and school administrators. Individuals identified as close contacts have been notified and provided with guidance regarding testing and quarantine. A close contact is defined as anyone who was less than 6 feet from the positive case for a cumulative 15 minutes or more. Due to
privacy requirements, we cannot release the names of the individuals or details that may identify them.
As part of ABSS protocols and based on guidance from ACHD, the areas of the building where the identified individuals were
present have already undergone a systematic cleaning and disinfection.
Hillcrest Elementary School staff and families have been notified with this information per the district’s established protocols.
Alamance-Burlington Schools will continue to adhere to all public health guidance and recommendations to keep staff and
students safe. In addition, this is a good time to remind our community about the importance of proven health protocols like the
3 Ws: wait 6 feet apart and maintain social distance from others outside of their household, wear face coverings, and
wash/sanitize hands often. These public health measures are the best ways to protect against COVID-19 and the goal of these
actions is to protect all students and staff so everyone can continue with learning on campus.
Anyone who is concerned that they may have symptoms of COVID-19 or that they may meet criteria to be tested should follow
up with their healthcare provider or the Alamance County Health Department. (336) 290-0361.