Pitt County Schools has reported four new cases of COVID-19 since Sept. 4, according to a report released on Friday.
The number of new positive cases is half the number reported Aug. 28-Sept. 3. The most recent reporting period, Sept. 4-10, included three days of school, compared with five days for the previous reporting period.
Students did not attend classes on Sept. 7 due to the Labor Day holiday, and Sept. 8 was a school designated workday.
The new cases bring the total number of confirmed school-affected cases to 27 in the district since classes started last month. Pitt County Schools officials have said there is no evidence of school transmission. The district’s COVID-19 data does not include recovery estimates.
Friday’s report indicated that school-affected cases, defined as a person recently present in a school building within 6 feet of others for more than 15 minutes, represent .03 percent of the on-campus population of 3,600 employees and 11,519 students. Another 11,654 of the county’s enrolled students are full-time virtual learners.
It was the first week since school began Aug. 17 in which the number of full-time virtual learners has eclipsed the number of students who attend classes on campus part time.
Some C.M. Eppes Middle School students who have been unable to return to the classroom due to storm damage at the school will begin classes this week at neighboring Immanuel Baptist Church.
The school system reported its first case of COVID-19 on Aug. 12 at Innovation Early College High School, which meets on the campus of East Carolina University. Three additional cases were reported Aug. 17-21. Eleven new cases were reported Aug. 24-27.
Last month, cases were confirmed at Ayden, Belvoir, Northwest and W.H. Robinson elementary schools, Ayden and Wellcome middle schools, J.H. Rose and D.H. Conley high schools and Chicod and Grifton (K-8) schools.
Pitt County Schools weekly updates do not include a listing of schools where cases have been reported and do not specify whether new cases involve students or staff members.
Weekly school district data is slated to be updated by noon Fridays and can be found at bit.ly/PCSCovidData.