Onslow County Schools keeps masks optional despite record high COVID cases

Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 9:16 PM EST
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ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Onslow County Schools is keeping its optional mask policy in place despite record-high reports in daily coronavirus cases on Monday.

In a statement, Onslow County Schools told WITN: “We will be monitoring student and staff absences closely and taking proactive steps to be ready for any needed adjustments.”

On Monday, Onslow County Public Health Director Kristen Hoover shared that the county had reached a record in daily COVID cases with 555.

Tuesday, Hoover provided new information.

Hoover added that by 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, the county had already seen 250 new cases. She explained that wearing masks in schools while experts try to get a better handle on the spread of the omicron variant is important to try and help lower the rate of infection.

Onslow County Schools held its monthly school board meeting on Monday at 6 p.m.

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