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Prom night COVID cluster brings back masks for Carrboro High School

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Students, faculty and staff at Carrboro High School are temporarily returning to wearing masks indoors.

“We have been trending in the right direction for some time and we have to be vigilant. We have to remember that cases can increase from time to time,” said Andy Jenks, spokesman for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

A surge in cases is what happened after prom this past weekend. Cases rose to 30 this week from 10 last week.

Jenks said about half are likely prom-related.

“We’re always on top of things and trying to address situations as they happen and prevent them from getting worse than they are,” Jenks said.

This comes at a time when the North Carolina Department of Health announced it would not be releasing weekly cluster data for K by 12 schools going forward. The state says that’s because routine contact tracing outside of high-risk settings is no longer a priority.

State officials also said home testing makes case counts less reliable.

However, schools are still required to report to local health departments.

“These are not the school administrators who invent it over time. I know sometimes it seems like it or people like to joke about it, but we keep in touch with the people who do that all day, every day,” Jenks said.

It is currently planned to end the mask requirement on April 22nd. That could change if cases pick up again.

“I think it’s fair to say that the pandemic isn’t over yet,” Jenks said.

The other two high schools in the district have their prom nights just around the corner. Masks are not compulsory at these schools.

Decisions about masking are made on a case-by-case basis, Jenks said.

Chapel Hill High School currently has 12 cases – the same number as last week. East Chapel Hill High School has 22 cases, while just four were reported last week.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/orange-county-news/prom-night-covid-cluster-brings-back-masks-for-carrboro-high-school/ Prom night COVID cluster brings back masks for Carrboro High School

DUSTIN JONES

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