COVID-19 Risk Indicators for Forsyth County, NC


- On March 19, the CDC announced an update to their recommended mitigation strategies in school settings. For more on this, see the summary below. Also, follow this link to view the revised CDC guidance.
CDC Guidance Mar 19, 2021


- A big thank you to all of our beta-testers and your enthusiasm regarding the school COVID case notification system. Sign up for school-specific email and text notifications here. If you have signed up and have not yet received a notification, let us know.


- To save you time, we have combined all of the COVID Dashboards on one page. Visit the Dashboard of Dashboards


- Several local news stories announced the installation of bipolar ionization devices in WS/FC schools. In response to questions we received regarding this technology, please see our recent update on the bipolar ionization information page.
CDC Risk Categories
March 29 update: Today's value of the 7-day CDC incidence metric is (88) and Forsyth County is no longer in the highest risk category. Forsyth County has moved from HIGH risk (for over twenty continuous weeks) to SUBSTANTIAL risk. The 14-day metric has now exited the HIGHEST risk category after 21 weeks and is currently classified in the HIGHER risk category at 168. The number of new COVID cases in Forsyth County has not been this low since October and the number of positive tests over the last two weeks has fallen below 5%. Altogether, the downward trajectory for both metrics and with vaccinations on the rise, this is promising news for our community. Continued mask wearing, maintaining physical distancing, getting vaccinated, rigorous surveilliance for variants, and transparent data sharing of COVID prevalence are all important components to ending this pandemic. Keep up the good work! If you were wondering why there were no updates over the weekend - NCDHHS terminated Saturday updates (starting on March 27) and Sunday updates (starting on March 21). Weekend data is included in the total number of cases, but daily case data is no longer availble for weekend days.
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CDC Core Indicator #1 Forsyth County
March 29, 2021 -

WS/FCS COVID-19 Dashboard

Update (Mon-Fri, excluding holidays):
As of 7:30PM, Monday, no update was posted on the WS/FCS Dashboard.Here is the last report from Friday, March 26. 45 WS/FCS staff and students have been reported as current confirmed COVID-19 cases (exposed and quarantined cases are no longer reported). There are currently 9 active confirmed staff cases and 45 active confirmed student cases. 33 out of 83 campuses/departments currently have confirmed COVID-19 cases. It is important to note that confirmed COVID cases reported on the WS/FCS Dashboard represent recent cases. Older cases are routinely removed from the dashboard, typically within 10 days from the initial disclosure.

Since January 11, WS/FCS has reported more than 700 staff and student cases. February had fewer student cases than January, but more cases than November and December combined. Also keep in mind that the magnitude of the decrease in new COVID cases in Forsyth County has not been observed in the school setting. Between January to the second week of March, new COVID cases in Forsyth County have decreased by greater than 80%. This promising decrease has not been observed in WS/FCS student cases over the same period of time. Outbreaks are still occuring in WS/FC schools and the number of student cases and number of schools with active cases remain high. In the first three months of 2021, there have been over 500 student COVID cases.
Bottomline, this data does not support relaxing any of the mitigation strategies in WS/FC schools at this time.
WSFCS Student Cases compared to County Cases
WSFCS Student Cases compared to County Cases
WS/FCS will no longer alert every family of new COVID-19 cases in their school. The exception is if contact tracers identify the student as a "close contact" of a confirmed case. We encourage those who would like the prior alert system reinstated to contact their representative on the Board of Education.

We will continue to offer a notification service until WS/FCS is able to resume this function. Our push notification service is now available to WS/FCS families and staff to provide alerts of COVID cases in their schools. Sign up on the Survey page. Both email and text message alerts are available.

Daily report of COVID-19 cases

- It is important to note that WS/FCS only reports cases they consider currently active on their dashboard. Active cases are defined as confirmed positive cases and are removed from their dashboard data typically within 10 days from the initial identification of a positive test. This has caused some confusion since many schools with no current cases have had cases reported in prior weeks. With that said, if you are aware of a student or staff COVID case reported within the last 10 days, it should appear in the following table. WS/FCS provides two options to submit safety concerns, a hotline 336-703-4193 and via their website.

If you know of a COVID case that was NOT reported on the WS/FCS Dashboard, notify your school's principal. All cases must be reported to the local health authorities. IT'S THE LAW. For the latest COVID updates, visit our Dashboard of Dashboards. For more details on how WS/FCS reports COVID cases, see the WS/FCS COVID-19 Dashboard. The previous version of the WS/FCS Dashboard with 2020 data can be found here.
March 26 - Current Confirmed COVID-19 Cases reported on WS/FCS Dashboard (From highest total cases to lowest)
Reagan High School303
Speas Elementary School303
Brunson Elementary School202
Cook Literacy Model School202
East Forsyth High School202
Meadowlark Middle School112
Old Town Elementary School202
R J Reynolds High School202
Walkertown High School202
Ward Elementary School112
Career Center High School011
Carver High School011
Cash Elementary School101
Children's Center101
Clemmons Elementary School011
East Forsyth Middle School011
Easton Elementary School101
Griffith Elementary School011
Hanes Middle School101
Konnoak Elementary School101
Mineral Springs Elementary School101
North Forsyth High School101
Paisley IB Middle School101
Parkland IB Magnet School011
Piney Grove Elementary School101
Sedge Garden Elementary School101
South Fork Elementary School101
Thomas Jefferson Middle School101
Vienna Elementary School101
Walkertown Elementary School101
West Forsyth High School101
Wiley Magnet Middle School101
Administrative Center*000
Ashley Academy for Cultural & Global Studies000
Atkins Academic & Technology High School000
Bolton Elementary School000
Caleb's Creek Elementary School000
Carter High School000
Clemmons Middle School000
Diggs-Latham Elementary School000
Early College of Forsyth000
Flat Rock Middle School000
Forest Park Elementary School000
Forsyth Middle College000
Frank Morgan Elementary School000
Gibson Elementary School000
Glenn High School000
Hall-Woodward Elementary School000
Ibraham Elementary School000
Jefferson Elementary School000
John F. Kennedy High School000
Kernersville Elementary School000
Kernersville Middle School000
Kimberley Park Elementary School000
Kimmel Farm Elementary School000
Kingswood School000
Lewisville Elementary School000
Lowrance Middle School000
Main Street Academy000
Meadowlark Elementary School000
Middle Fork Pre-K Center000
Mineral Springs Middle School000
Moore Elementary School000
Mount Tabor High School000
North Hills Elementary School000
Northwest Middle School000
Old Richmond Elementary School000
Petree Elementary School000
Philo-Hill Magnet Academy000
Rural Hall Elementary School000
Sherwood Forest Elementary School000
Smith Farm Elementary School000
Southeast Middle School000
Southwest Elementary School000
The Downtown Elementary School000
The Special Children's School000
Union Cross Elementary School000
Virtual Academy000
Walkertown Middle School000
Whitaker Elementary School000
Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy000
Currently, EC, Pre-K, Kindergarten to Grade 12 students have the option of in-person learning in WS/FC schools. Comments submitted by parents have been overwhelmingly concerned about when and how COVID-19 cases in their child's classroom are communicated to families. All readers of our page are encouraged to share their comments on the Community Pages or anonymously here. We are open to all points-of-view. We also have a school safety survey available at this link. Let us know how well your school is communicating and following the key COVID mitigation strategies.
How you can help: All of us want to fully re-open the schools and businesses, but that begins with getting honest information to the community and everyone doing their part. Wear a mask when out and about. Physically distance yourself from others. The more distance, the better. And again, wear an EFFECTIVE mask PROPERLY. I'm looking at you nose.

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