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DHEC: More than 200 new cases of COVID-19 reported in K-12 schools in 3 days

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Updated: Oct. 16, 2020 at 5:39 PM EDT
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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, Oct. 16, DHEC says a total of 1,483 cases have been reported in K-12 schools in South Carolina.

Of the current total cases, 1,038 were students and 445 were employees.

In the Midlands, more than 120 public and private schools are reporting cases. Here’s the full list:

  • Calhoun:
  • Clarendon 1:
  • Clarendon 2:
  • Clarendon 3:
  • Fairfield:
  • Kershaw:
  • Lexington 1:
  • Lexington 2:
  • Lexington 3:
  • Lexington 4:
  • Lexington/Richland 5:
  • Newberry:
  • Orangeburg:
  • Richland 1:
  • Richland 2:
  • Saluda:
  • SC Public Charter School District
  • Sumter:
  • Calhoun Academy: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Clarendon Hall: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Laurence Manning Academy: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Pine Grove: fewer than 5 faculty cases
  • Robert E. Lee Academy: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Arrows Academy: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Grace Christian School: fewer than 5 faculty cases
  • Mead Hall Episcopal School: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Midland Valley Christian Academy: fewer than 5 student cases
  • St. Joseph Catholic School: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Andrew Jackson Academy: 10 student cases and fewer than 5 faculty cases
  • Jefferson Davis Academy: 15 student cases and fewer than 5 faculty cases
  • Ashley Hall: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Heritage Christian Academy: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Lake Murray Baptist Church Kindergarten: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Newberry Academy: 6 student cases
  • Holly Hill Academy: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Orangeburg Preparatory Schools: 5 student cases
  • Ben Lippen School: fewer than 5 student cases and fewer than 5 faculty cases
  • Cardinal Newman School: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Hammond School: fewer than 5 student cases
  • Heathwood Hall Episcopal 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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