Two Wayne County public schools reported COVID-19 clusters Thursday.

Dillard Middle confirmed an in-school cluster involving a staff member and eight students in eighth grade, said Ken Derksen, Wayne County Public Schools communications and public relations officer.

Southern Wayne reported a football team COVID-19 cluster involving five team members, Derksen said.

On Wednesday, Norwayne Middle also reported two separate clusters that involved a total of 11 students, five in an in-school cluster and six in a football team cluster.

Derksen said a COVID cluster is a minimum of five laboratory-confirmed cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases.

“Our school nurses and school administrative teams are working hard to contact trace and conduct thorough investigations for every case that is reported,” said David Lewis, WCPS superintendent. “Their efforts are critical in helping us and local health officials determine when concerning trends or issues are occurring.”

As part of its COVID-19 protocols, WCPS reported and confirmed the clusters with the Wayne County Health Department, Derksen said. The schools are following recommended guidelines from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Derksen also said WCPS is closely monitoring the clusters and remaining in close communication with health officials.

“There are no plans to switch any of the schools to remote instruction at this time,” he said.