DHEC reports 532 COVID-19 cases associated with K-12 schools as of Sept. 18

DHEC reports 532 COVID-19 cases associated with K-12 schools as of Sept. 18

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Twice a week, the Department of Health and Environmental Control updates the number of COVID-19 cases across the state associated with grade schools.

Both public and private schools are included in these numbers.

The number of cases in each school is cumulative -- meaning it’s the total number of cases since the fall semester began and not just active cases.

As of Friday, Sept. 18, DHEC says a total of 532 cases have been reported in K-12 schools in South Carolina.

Of those, 352 were students and 180 were employees.

In the Midlands, more than 60 schools are reporting cases.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

  • Calhoun:
    • Calhoun County High: fewer than 5 faculty cases
  • Clarendon 3:
    • East Clarendon Middle-High: fewer than 5 student cases and fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Walker-Gamble Elementary: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Fairfield:
    • Fairfield Central High: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Geiger Elementary: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Kershaw:
    • Camden High: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Camden Middle: fewer than 5 student cases
    • North Central High: fewer than 5 student cases
    • North Central Middle: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Lexington 1:
    • Carolina Springs Middle: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Centerville Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Gilbert Elementary: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Gilbert High: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Lexington Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Meadow Glen Elementary: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Meadow Glen Middle: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Pelion High: fewer than 5 student cases
    • River Bluff High: fewer than 5 student cases and fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Rocky Creek Elementary: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Lexington 2:
    • Brookland-Cayce Senior High: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Northside Middle: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Lexington 3:
    • Batesburg-Leesville Middle: fewer than 5 student cases and fewer than 5 faculty cases
  • Lexington 4:
    • Sandhill Elementary: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Lexington/Richland 5:
    • Chapin High: fewer than 5 student cases and fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Dutch Fork Middle: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Irmo Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Seven Oaks Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
  • Newberry:
    • Gallman Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Little Mountain Elementary: fewer than 5 student cases and fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Mid-Carolina High: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Newberry Middle: fewer than 5 student cases and fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Pomaria-Garmany Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
  • Orangeburg 3:
    • Carver Edisto Middle: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Marshall Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Orangeburg Wilkinson High: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Richland 1:
    • A.C. Flora High: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Columbia High: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Hand Middle: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Hopkins Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
  • Richland 2:
    • Catawba Trail Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Forest Lake Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • L.B. Nelson Elementary: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Muller Road Middle: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Richland Northeast High: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Spring Valley High: fewer than 5 student cases and fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Windsor Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
  • Saluda:
    • Saluda High: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Saluda Middle: fewer than 5 student cases
    • Saluda Primary: fewer than 5 student cases and fewer than 5 faculty cases
  • Sumter:
    • Crosswell Drive Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Manchester Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases
    • Pocalla Springs Elementary: fewer than 5 faculty cases

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

  • Clarendon Hall: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Laurence Manning Academy: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Robert E. Lee Academy: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Arrows Academy: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Orangeburg Preparatory Schools: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Ben Lippen School: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Cardinal Newman School: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Hammond School: fewer than 5 student cases
  • St. Peter’s Catholic School: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Wilson Hall: fewer than 5 student cases

DHEC included the following “key points” about the school data:

  • The reporting does not mean that students, faculty or staff contracted the virus at school Unlike a nursing home, where residents live at the facility, students, teachers and faculty come and go from school and are active in their community and could come into contact with the virus outside of a school setting.
  • The reporting will include kindergarten through 12th grade students in private and public schools At this time, college students will not be captured in these reports, although several colleges and universities are choosing to announce cases on their websites. Students residing in South Carolina to go to school are included in South Carolina’s daily numbers, reported out by county based on current address.
  • Only those individuals who physically attend school on a regular basis will be included in the counts Sports coaches, tutors, part-time employees, kitchen staff, custodial and maintenance workers and other school employees with a physical presence in schools will be included in these reports. Those students who participate in virtual instruction but are on campus regularly for extracurricular activities will also be included.
  • Some schools may choose to self-announce cases before they are reflected in DHEC’s twice-weekly reports There may be in a delay in what cases are included in DHEC’s online reporting, as the agency works to receive the information, review it and confirm it before presenting it online

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