Tue Mar 2, 2021

County, city schools have fewer COVID-19 cases than a week ago [Free read]

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Columbus County Schools had four people testing positive for the coronavirus between Monday and presstime Thursday, down from 29 on Jan. 7. The patients included one Acme Delco Elementary staff member, one Evergreen Elementary staff member and two East Columbus High students. 

Spokesman Kelly Jones said four ECHS staff and 18 ECHS students were in quarantine as a result of school contact with those infected. 

The school system announced Wednesday that students will remain in remote mode until Feb.1. (See story page 1A)

Columbus Charter School had one new positive test result since Monday, Headmaster Steve Smith said late Monday morning. The majority of the school’s 825 students are in class daily, with the rest in all-remote instruction. 

Thomas Academy students are all currently in remote instruction. In-person instruction is to begin Jan. 21, Principal George Ward III said. He said there were “no new cases or quarantines” among the school’s staff and students.

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Columbus Christian Academy resumed in-person instruction Monday after delaying the start of the semester by a week. Principal Jennifer Noble said Thursday that the private school had “one elementary student out with COVID-19. That student has not been on campus since before Christmas break so there has been no exposure to others.”

Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Marc Whichard reported six new COVID-19 cases, with one student at Whiteville Primary, one student at Edgewood Elementary, two students at Central Middle, one staff at Central Middle and one student at Whiteville High. 

The count was down from 16 a week earlier.

“The student numbers are a little bit more difficult with us to predict with them being all virtual,” Whichard said, adding that WCS relies on reports from the local health department and parents.

— with reporting by Ivey Schofield

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