BURLINGTON – Alamance County Health Department has identified a COVID-19 cluster at MUMS Childcare in Mebane and Little Thinkers Daycare in Burlington. Currently, eight (8) cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among three (3) staff and five (5) children at MUMS Childcare. At Little Thinkers Daycare, six (6) cases have been confirmed among three (3) staff and three (3) children. The cases will be included on the biweekly Child Care and School Settings report for NC DHHS. NC DHHS defines a cluster as minimum of five laboratory-confirmed cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases.
“On Sunday December 14, MUMS The Kitty Hupman Weekday School closed its preschool program due to a possible case of COVID 19,’ said Laura Andrews, Director. “We immediately called the Alamance County Health Dept., and our state licensing consultant. Our next step was to contact all of the parents of our center and email them information provided by the health dept. We then followed the deep cleaning guidelines set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services of NC. After learning of more cases, on Wednesday, December 16, out of caution, we closed our afterschool virtual learning classes and continued our deep cleaning process throughout the school age classrooms. MUMS is scheduled to reopen in Monday, December 28th, 2020.”
“Little Thinkers is strictly adhering to Alamance County Health Department recommendations regarding masks, social distancing, hand washing, and sanitation so our children and staff remain safe and healthy,” said Roxanne Castille, Director of Little Thinkers Daycare.
“Alamance County Health Department was able to identify cases and respond to MUMS Childcare and Little Thinkers Daycare quickly,” stated Health Director Tony Lo Giudice. “We will continue to offer guidance to ensure the safety of staff, children, and the community.”
Alamance County Health Department identified its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 20. Since then, a total of 9939 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the community. Of those confirmed cases, 8886 have been released from isolation and 919 remain active and in isolation. Included in those active cases, 56 individuals are receiving care at a hospital. Sadly, there have been 134 COVID-19 related deaths. COVID-related deaths include only patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, and who died without fully recovering from the disease.
COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise in Alamance and surrounding counties. It is important to take steps to reduce your risks of contracting COVID-19, specifically wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distance and avoiding crowds, and washing your hands and cleaning commonly used surfaces regularly. During this holiday season, limit travel and limit physical contact with people who do not live in your household. The health of you, your loved ones, and the community are what matters.